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Bayern Munich bullish ahead of Arsenal clash despite domestic setbacks

Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel is confident that their domestic struggles will not hinder them against Arsenal in the Champions League

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In the wake of Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga title hopes dwindling, Thomas Tuchel remains resolute about their prospects in the Champions League, expressing confidence ahead of the quarter-final clash against Arsenal.

Following a disappointing defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern finds themselves trailing league leaders Bayer Leverkusen by a significant 13-point margin with only seven games remaining. Meanwhile, Arsenal sit just two points shy of the Premier League summit, showcasing a contrasting domestic form.

Despite Bayern’s Bundesliga aspirations taking a hit, Tuchel believes their European campaign holds promise. Having topped their group with an impressive 16 points and overturned a first-leg deficit against Lazio in the round of 16, Bayern enters the quarter-finals with momentum.

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However, standing in their path is Arsenal, who narrowly advanced past Porto in the previous round. While acknowledging his team’s domestic setback, Tuchel maintains optimism for Champions League success, drawing parallels to his previous triumph with Chelsea in 2021.

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“Yes, of course,” Tuchel said when asked if the title race was over. “This is clear. Naturally, I have no hope anymore. No no no. After today’s game, I do not need to tell you anything more. How many points behind are we? 13?” Congratulations to Leverkusen.”

Reflecting on Bayern’s inconsistency, Tuchel emphasised the importance of bouncing back with a stellar performance against Arsenal. Despite the challenge posed by the Gunners, Tuchel remains steadfast in Bayern’s ability to deliver on the European stage.

“That is basically the hope. It’s a bit strange but that is actually it. If we are honest, we could not have to guarantee that if we perform today at highest level that we do this again at Heidenheim.”

“This is our point for many, many months,” Tuchel added. “We struggle to find this consistency. So today we didn’t find and now we prepare for Heidenheim. We are able to beat Arsenal even if today this is hard to believe. We have very different performances within a short period of time so this is not new to us.”

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