Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Champions League quarter-final, second leg – live | Champions League




Key events

Bayern’s outgoing coach Thomas Tuchel tells it as he sees it on TNT Sports. “We cannot do it without the fans … if there is any advantage at playing at home we have to make it … we have to do the first step and then the crowd needs to kick in, I hope they will … the team’s approach [to the Champions League, as opposed to the Bundesliga] is more serious, they play with more hunger … we play with more discipline … if you look at it from the other side, this is something we are very self-critical about, but it’s obvious … we have very good results and team effort throughout the competition … we hope we go to the next step because we need to … we have lost a lot of speed compared to last week … we have lost three of our fastest players that can hurt any opponent … it is a big loss but we have to deal with it … we have new guys and will try to make it up as a team … it’s good to have experience and winners in our squad who did it already … I hope they step up and take responsibility.”

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Arsenal make one change to their starting XI from the first leg. Takehiro Tomiyasu comes in for Jakub Kiwior, who drops to the bench.

Bayern Munich make two changes. Alphonso Davies is suspended, while Serge Gnabry has a hamstring problem, so Noussair Mazraoui and Raphaël Guerreiro step up to the plate. Kingsley Coman, who featured as a second-half sub last week, is also absent injured with an adductor issue.

The Bayern fans at Allianz Arena seem in a buoyant mood ahead kick-off. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA
As does Bayern mascot Berni. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA
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The teams

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Kimmich, de Ligt, Dier, Mazraoui, Goretzka, Laimer, Sane, Musiala, Guerreiro, Kane.
Subs: Upamecano, Kim, Choupo-Moting, Zaragoza, Peretz, Muller, Ulreich, Tel, Pavlovic.

Arsenal: Raya, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Tomiyasu, Odegaard, Jorginho, Rice, Saka, Havertz, Martinelli.
Subs: Ramsdale, Partey, Gabriel Jesus, Smith Rowe, Nketiah, Kiwior, Trossard, Vieira, Nelson, Elneny, Hein, Zinchenko.

Referee: Danny Makkelie (Holland).

Preamble

Arsenal are 90 minutes away – or maybe 90 minutes plus extra time, then possibly a penalty competition – from their first Champions League semi-final since 2009. But good luck predicting how this match is going to go. Arsenal will take a lot of heart from their impressive start and staunch powers of recovery during last week’s 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich at the Emirates; they way they ceded early momentum in that see-saw game will worry them as well. They’re coming off the back of a concerning league defeat at home to Aston Villa; Bayern won’t be in the best frame of mind either having relinquished their decade-long grip on the Bundesliga last weekend. Arsenal are hopeful that Bukayo Saka and Martin Ødegaard will both be fit to start, while Bayern are without Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and Alphonso Davies; on the other hand, Harry Kane, Harry Kane and Harry Kane. So it’s up in the air. The Gunners went into this tie as favourites, but having not made the most of their home advantage in the first leg, everything’s poised perfectly for a wonderful evening’s entertainment in Munich. The partial may demur but everyone else can kick back with the popcorn, because this could be great fun. Kick-off at the Allianz Arena is at 8pm BST, 9pm local. It’s on!

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