Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola, admitted his side’s 2-0 in their Champions League last-16 tie at the Emirates Stadium last night was a big result for the defending champions.
The former Barcelona coach had previously experienced two winless trips to London and expressed his delight after a patient performance following the red card for Arsenal goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny.
“It’s a big result against a very tough team,” Guardiola said.
"Last year, Bayern had a better result and this year it is super, we are so happy.
"The last two times I came here with Barcelona, we played amazing and we didn't win so I know how difficult it is to win here.”
The Spaniard wasn’t impressed with his side’s first 15 minutes, but admitted the game became easier after Arsenal were reduced to ten men.
“The only negative was the first 15 minutes,” he continued.
“You can’t play well if you don’t have the ball, and that’s what happened in the first 15 minutes. We gave the ball away far too quickly against a very good team.
“After Özil missed the penalty we had much more control over the match. And obviously it wasn’t easy for Arsenal with ten men.
"I accept, we played 10 against 11 so it's easier that way and the red card was clear."
“We showed great patience and the rest was very good.
"It's important that we controlled so well in this situation and we played with patience and found the goal."
Bayern entered last year’s last-16 return leg also with a two-goal advantage, but almost gave the game away at home, and Guardiola has warned his players to go with the right mind-set into game in three weeks.
“We have a very good chance of making the quarter-finals. And we’ll make it with the help of our fans,” he added.
"Last year Bayern had the better results but the last five or six minutes in Germany, it was terrible.
"It depends on our heads now, do we go and defend our result or play to win and get into the quarter-finals?"
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