With hours before kick-off, FC Barcelona hopes to continue its winning run when they face Arsenal FC amidst a very hostile crowd at the Arsenal Stadium for their first leg encounter in the Round of 16 in the Champions League.
UEFA news caught up with both Luis Enrique and Arsene Wenger and asked them about their chances about the match.
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique admits that their match against Arsenal is one of the most appealing and most attractive match, but dismisses the tag of being the favorite as they are also out to prove to themselves and to their supporters that they can duplicate their feat last season.
“Arsenal is a good team, strong in the transition and with really good players up front. They will press high at times but I hope we can keep the ball in their half and impose our own game. Being labelled favourites means nothing. We have to prove ourselves game after game and we are going to try to. If we get a good score…that would be fantastic,” Enrique said.
He believes that a win against Arsenal will not be easy, but it will surely boost their confidence going into the second leg. Barcelona has been unbeaten since October 3 and within that course, they have taken 26 wins, six draws and amassed 98 goals.
For Arsene Wenger, their match against Hull City was a bench marker to their chances of scoring an upset against Lionel Messi and his crew, but was honest to say that they have to improve their game especially on defense.
“No team is perfect, but Barcelona are not far from it. Barcelona has top strikers. Maybe they look like they are having a little bit less possession at the moment because they used to have Xavi in midfield. They have a team that can score at any moment. Even when they are being dominated they are still very dangerous,” Wenger added.
Whichever side scores the win will have the bragging rights going into the second leg wherein they will face anew in March 16 at the Camp Nou in Barcelona and another place in history – an upset or glorious destiny.
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