Porto-call for Arsenal
Arsenal are brimming with confidence after beating Liverpool but they will have to show consistency to overcome in-form Porto in the Champions League last 16.sports Updated: Feb 17, 2010 00:43 IST
Arsenal are brimming with confidence after beating Liverpool but they will have to show consistency to overcome in-form Porto in the Champions League last 16.
The north London team's run of wins was interrupted recently by losses to Chelsea and Manchester United but they won 1-0 against Liverpool last week, a result which kept them in the title race and lifted their spirits. "It would have been very difficult for us to lose against Liverpool and go to Porto feeling confident," said coach Arsene Wenger.
The draw for the Champions League first knockout round could have been tougher for Arsenal, pitting them against Bayern Munich or one of the Milan giants, but Wenger said Porto could be tricky.
"Porto is a tough draw. They don't look like a prestigious team but every year they are in there and they can surprise people. They have been playing very well recently." Porto's pedigree, which includes two European titles, has been clear in recent displays against English sides.
Bayern’s Robben dreaming of goal fest
Bayern Munich's Dutch striker Arjen Robben is dreaming of sending Italy's Fiorentina packing in Wednesday's clash at home but admits the reality might be different.
"The ideal result would be 6-0 but maybe that's not going to happen," Robben, who has scored in his last five appearances for the German giants, told the Bild daily. On paper, Bayern look clear favourites for the round of 16 first leg Champions League clash against the struggling Italian club, with 12 straight wins in all competitions behind them.
Coach Louis van Gaal said Germany striker Miroslav Klose was fit for selection again after a lay-off for injury, meaning Bayern, who last won the Champions League in 2001, are now back at full strength.