Bayern Munich CEO, Karl-Heinze Rummenigge, has admitted that he was expecting a less difficult tie in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, after the Bundesliga champions were paired against Arsenal.
Both teams met in last year’s competition, with the Bavarians progressing on a 3-3 aggregate, despite losing the return leg at the Allianz Arena.
Pep Guardiola will be hoping to achieve similar feat this campaign, as the Germans try to defend their title.
“There were more convenient and easier opponents in that pot,” Rummenigge told reporters after Monday’s draw in Nyon. “I’d rather have played Zenit than Arsenal.
“But we are not wishing against the draw either. We know we will meet an opponent that deserves lots of respect. We have to perform well twice.
“With their three Germans [Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski] in tow, they are seeing more stability and are experiencing a good season.”
Bayern are currently preparing to face Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday, in the Club World Cup.