Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that Bayern Munich are a “better team” than the Gunners after his side’s Champions League humiliation on Wednesday. The Bavarians hammered Wenger’s men 5-1 at the Allianz Arena in the round-of-16 first-leg encounter.
“In the second half we lost Koscielny very quickly – he came off at 1-1 – and finally we collapsed. Bayern are a better team than us as well,” Wenger said, as reported by BBC. “I felt the third goal was a killer for our players because after that we had no response.”
The Frenchman only answered three questions in his post-match press conference. The session lasted for less than three minutes, before Arsenal’s press offers called an end to the proceedings.
The Champions League defeat against Bayern raises further questions on Wenger’s future at Arsenal. The 67-year-old manager’s contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the current season. A large number of Arsenal fans are claiming for a change at the managerial position at the club.
“The fact is we have to cope with the result. No matter what we say now it will be turned in a way that is detrimental to us because we have had an extremely bad result,” Wenger added, according to Sky Sports.
Wenger admitted that Arsenal now requires a “miracle” to go past Bayern to the quarter final stages of the Champions League. This will be the seventh straight season for Wenger and Arsenal, should they fail to go past the last-16 stage of the continental competition.
“We have to analyze that but it looked from the outside that we lost our organization. Not only did we lose our center-back but after the third goal it was a combination of mental and organizational because before that we controlled them quite well,” Wenger stressed.
Carlo Ancelotti wary before second-leg at London
Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti isn’t having the best of times despite his side sitting seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table. However, Wednesday’s result saw the Bavarians break a Champions League record as they sealed their 16th consecutive home win.
Despite his side’s convincing victory, the 57-year-old refused to say that the tie is over. The Italian wants to be cautious before Bayern takes on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on March 7.
“The performance was good. We have an advantage but we have to prepare for the next game in London. We want to play like we did tonight – same intensity, same spirit, same concentration,” the three-time Champions League winning manager said.
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