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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Arsene Wenger: Barcelona Still Favorite

Despite Arsenal’s 2-1 excellent win over Barcelona last night at the Emirates Stadium, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger still believes that Barcelona is still favorite to go through to the quarter final of the Champions League after winning the two-leg encounter on aggregate. Wenger boys will face Barcelona away from home on 8 March in the return-leg.

However, besides keeping the favorite’s tag with Barcelona Wenger has also added that Wednesday night’s victory would give his team belief and hope ahead of the second-leg encounter. He thinks that his boys now know they can win at Barcelona- something which they did not know last year. Here, it is noteworthy that a helpless Arsenal side was torn part 4-1 by Lionel Messi when they visited Barcelona last year in the quarter final of the same competition.

Wenger’s confident voice at the press conference following last night’s victory was pretty much justifiable because his players showed sheer improvement on their last year’s performance. In fact, Arsenal perhaps produced their best performance this season against the Messi and co last night. This would definitely boost up their confidence level with Carling Cup final coming nearer.

So, it is clear that Wenger would motivate his players to do everything to win the Barcelona clash on aggregate and clinch a place in the quarter final.

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