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Thomas Tuchel leverages Bayern Munich’s European experience against Arsenal

Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel is banking on his team’s wealth of European experience to beat Arsenal in the Champions League

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In the build-up to the pivotal Champions League quarter-final second leg clash between Bayern Munich and Arsenal, Bayern Munich manager, Thomas Tuchel is banking on his team’s wealth of European experience to gain the upper hand.

The first leg ended with honours even, as both sides battled to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Goals from Harry Kane and former Arsenal player Serge Gnabry put Bayern ahead, only for Leandro Trossard to secure a late equaliser for Arsenal in the 76th minute.

Tuchel, who won the Champions League title with Chelsea in 2021 and guided PSG to the final in 2020, believes that Bayern’s extensive experience in European competitions could prove decisive in the upcoming encounter.

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“We have a slight advantage when you look at our experience in this competition,” Tuchel stated. “But to turn it into a real advantage, you also need a top performance. We’re ready to give it everything we’ve got. We’ll need passion and the same tactical discipline as in the first leg.”

Despite Arsenal’s return to the Champions League after a hiatus since the 2016/17 season, Tuchel remains confident in his team’s ability to capitalise on their seasoned expertise.

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta acknowledges the significance of the fixture for his young squad’s development and emphasises the importance of securing a spot in the semi-finals.

“A performance that puts us in the Champions League semi-final. All the preparation has been to achieve that. We have earned it for ten months and everything we did last season, to start our journey in the Champions League after so many years,” Arteta emphasised.

He further added, “Most of our players haven’t experienced a night like this, this is going to be the first one, they are super-motivated, they are prepared, they feel confident and it is something that tomorrow we are going to have to show against an opponent that has this experience but we want to make it happen.”

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