Bayern’s Champions League Round of 16 opponents are Arsenal with their Germany internationals Lucas Podolski and Per Mertesacker. The Gunners currently lie fifth in the English Premier League. “We can be satisfied with the draw," commented FCB chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, “we can win it, and we start as favourites." Captain Philipp Lahm is looking forward to a new stadium “and a great atmosphere at both matches."
Reaction to the Champions League Round of 16 draw
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “We know Arsenal well. We can be satisfied with the draw, but we mustn't underestimate them. It's important we try to come away from London with a good result, score a goal there and lay down a marker. We can win it, and we start as favourites."
Karl Hopfner: “London is always worth a visit. Let's see how we get on. It's definitely an advantage to have the return at the Allianz Arena."
Matthias Sammer: “These opponents, their stadium: it's a highly attractive last sixteen tie."
Philipp Lahm: “It's a great draw. I'm looking forward to meeting up again with Poldi and Per, it's always a bit special when you face fellow internationals. And they're another team I've never played against before, and I'd also yet to play at their stadium. All of us and the fans can look forward to a great atmosphere at both matches. We have a good chance of getting through. If we show our true quality, we'll make it."
Manuel Neuer: “It's an attractive draw against a big club with very good players. It definitely won’t be easy, but I think we’re capable of making the next round. Obviously, playing against Poldi and Per is a bit special and I’m looking forward to seeing them both. We’ll meet up shortly beforehand with the national team, I’m sure we’ll have a bit of a laugh about it then.”
Thomas Müller: “It's a really good draw against an interesting but manageable team. I'm looking forward to playing in London for the first time, and especially to the reunion with the two Germans, Poldi and Per."