Date: 14th February 2017 at 10:47pm
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey have both been speaking ahead of tonight’s tie with Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Heading to the Allianz Arena for the first leg of the tie, nobody is under any illusions about how tough a test it will be and as it’ll be our seventh tie against the side since February 2013, Oxlade-Chamberlain told the Official Site that the opposition certainly aren’t ‘immortal’ and he feels we should have optimism ahead of the game.

‘I can remember a time…I think we lost to them at the Emirates when I think Wojciech might have got sent off in the first half. But I remember in the first 20 minutes of that game being really strong and we felt like we were dominating them and we had the crowd behind us and we had that belief and the way we were playing, we were causing them a lot of trouble. So we’ve had good experiences and we`ve had bad experiences and you know, there`s times when we`ve struggled against them and it proves what a great team they are, and there`s times where we`ve turned up and we`ve done really well and it proves they`re not immortal.’

Oxlade-Chamberlain went on to say.

‘They`re a very good team, but so are we if we play as good as we can on the day. We can cause them enough troubles and go on and win. Obviously we`ve had a few good experiences at the Allianz too. I think we`ve drawn once, a tough game and obviously we`ve won there. So we`ve proved enough to ourselves over the years that we`re good enough to come away with the right result, we just need to focus on how we`re going to do it and come up with the plan and then it`s all about delivering on the day and that`s going to be the difference.’

As for Ramsey, in his own interview the Welsh international reflected on his three trips to their ground in his nine years with us, and he knew the best chance of success was to take our natural game to them and get ‘stuck in’ and he backed his colleagues to do just that as he misses the game with a calf injury he picked up against Watford.

‘Bayern are a fantastic team with very gifted individuals and they all understand their role in the side. It`s going to be important for us to match their commitment and get stuck into them to try to stop them and playing. We need to go out there and enjoy ourselves by playing the football that we know we`re capable of playing. We`re a very technically gifted team and on our day we can play some fantastic football. It`s going to be important for us to move the ball quickly and hopefully play around them, in between the lines to create opportunities.’

Ramsey went on to say.

‘We`ve had a few good results against them like that 2-0 win at home, and we beat them 2-0 away as well, so we can beat them on our day. It`s just going to be important for us to stay in the game, get something, get a good result in the first leg and then come back to the Emirates so that we can hopefully have enough to go through.’

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