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Wenger wants UEFA to abolish away-goal rule

22 December 2013 01:35

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he asked UEFA to abandon the away-goal rule in the Champions League.

The London club bowed out of the tournament last season, losing on the away goals after drawing 3-3 with eventual champions Bayern Munich over two legs in the round-of-16.


The sides have drawn one another again for a spot in the quarter-finals of the illustrious club competition, and the French tactician said after last year's misfortune – which saw Arsenal win 2-0 in Munich and still bow out –he requested a rule change.


"Certainly yes (Bayern will fear Arsenal)," Wenger said.


"If you look at the last five years we've had Barcelona twice, once Milan, and twice Bayern. So no-one can say we are advantaged by the draw.


"Last year we went out on away goals and after that I asked for UEFA to cancel the away goals."


Wenger said keeping a clean sheet away at the Bundesliga giants meant they were unworthy losers, and he feels the tie-break means home teams will be more cautious defensively.


"I think for example, we lost 3-1 here and won 2-0 at Bayern," Wenger said, alluding to their 2012-13 tie.


"It is difficult to win 2-0 to Bayern without conceding a goal.


"Sometimes I think there is a counter-effect as teams play at home not to concede goals. At home the first thing managers say is let's not concede goals."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
19 February 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 2
On aggregate
1 - 3
Venue
Emirates Stadium (London)
Attendance
59911

Goals

0 - 1
54' T. Kroos
 (assist by P. Lahm)
0 - 2
88' T. Müller
 (assist by P. Lahm)

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