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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Bayern Munich won t be taking
The defending champions lead Arse-
nal 2-0 from the first leg of the last
16, but Bayern will be on guard against
the Premier League side after what
happened last year.
Bayern only progressed on away goals
after losing 2-0 at home when the sides
last met in Munich. A repeat this time
around would send the match to extra
Bayern also has the distraction of
president Uli Hoeness trial on tax eva-
sion charges, which opened yesterday
in Munich. The 62-year-old Hoeness
faces up to 10 years in prison if found
guilty, with a verdict expected this week.
Here are five things to know before
today s game:
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has
nearly a full squad to choose from.
With the exception of Holger Bad-
stuber, who is still working his way
back after tearing the cruciate ligament
in his right knee, all Bayern players
trained normally on Monday.
Guardiola rested five players against
Wolfsburg compared to the side that
routed Schalke 5-1 the week before.
Franck Ribery played his first game
for Bayern since surgery on his buttock,
Xherdan Shaqiri his first since recov-
ering from a thigh injury, while Thomas
Mueller was back after a hamstring
injury. They all staked their claim for
a starting place against Arsenal by scor-
ing in Wolfsburg.
Arsenal will be without key mid-
fielder Jack Wilshere, who picked up
a foot injury during England s 1-0 win
over Denmark on Wednesday, while
forward Theo Walcott is out with a
Arsenal s Per Mertesacker, Mesut
Ozil and Lukas Podolski play together
on the German national team with Bay-
ern s Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng,
Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger,
Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Mueller.
Podolski will be facing one of his
former sides. The Polish-born forward
spent three seasons at Bayern before
returning to hometown club Cologne
in 2009. His time in Bavaria was con-
sidered a disappointment, with 15 goals
and 12 assists in 71 Bundesliga appear-
Ozil also has a point to prove after
being whistled by fans in Stuttgart
when he was taken off near the end of
Germany s lackluster 1-0 friendly win
over Chile last Wednesday.
Arsenal has been eliminated from
the Champions League at this stage for
the last three seasons, and the club has
never overturned a home first-leg defeat
in European competition.
On the plus side, Arsenal has won
on three of its last five visits to Ger-
many, with the other two games ending
in draws. The 1-0 group stage win at
Borussia Dortmund improved the Pre-
mier League side s record in Germany
to five wins, five losses and four draws.
Its overall record against German sides
is positive, with 14 wins, ten losses and
five draws. AP
MADRID---Mario Balotelli is
back for AC Milan, and that could
be bad news for Atletico Madrid.
Atletico, already holding a 1-0
lead from the first leg, will host
Milan today in the last 16 of the
But Balotelli s return after miss-
ing the first leg with a shoulder
injury will be a boost for the Italian
club as it looks for an eighth Euro-
pean Cup title.
Here are five things to know
about the match at Vicente
After missing the first leg with
a shoulder injury, Mario Balotelli
returned to action on Saturday as
a substitute in Milan s 1-0 loss at
"Their team is stocked with tal-
ent, and Balotelli is one of their
biggest threats. But not their only
one," Atletico coach Diego Sime-
one said Monday. "Our worry will
be about shutting down their play
from the point where it begins,
so it doesn t reach him."
Milan counterpart Clarence
Seedorf said his team would not
obsess over Atletico striker Diego
"They are important players for
each team but I don t want to
overlook the rest of the squad,"
Seedorf said. "Diego Costa is a
fantastic player but Atletico plays
as a team, that is their strength."
Bayern's Thiago Alcantara of Spain, top, Bayern's Arjen Robben of the
Netherlands, Bayern's Thomas Mueller, and Bayern's Franck Ribery of France,
bottom from left, celebrate after Mueller scored his side's second goal during the
German Bundesliga football match between VfL Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich in
Wolfsburg, Germany, Saturday. AP PHOTO
Balotelli to boost Milan vs Atletico
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