Bundelsiga powerhouse Bayern Munich arrived in London Tuesday night for its Champions League game with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and things got off to a bumpy start.
Their team bus was seen trying to maneuver past a black Mercedes waiting to turn, when it backed into the much smaller vehicle. The collision was relatively minor, and no one was reported as having been injured. According to the Irish Independent, Bayern Manager Pep Guardiola got out when the accident occurred and could be seen shouting angrily.
Earlier, an image had been posted on social media that showed a parking fine apparently issued to the bus.
Bayern currently tops Group F with a perfect start, after notching wins in two games. Arsenal, who lost both opening fixtures to Dynamo Zagreb and Olympiakos, will be hoped to take points from the meeting they had last night. It’s was a must if they hope to have a chance to progress to the Champions League knockout stages.
Guardiola warned his side to expect to face an Arsenal “animal”.
“For them, they have an advantage because they have to win, when that happens with these kind of players, and the history of this club, they are going to make the best performance possible,” Guardiola said Monday night.
The German giants arrived in London having won a record ninth consecutive Bundesliga victory. Bayern has earned maximum points from two European ties, scoring eight goals with no reply. Arsenal, meanwhile, have slumped to successive Champions League defeats, leaving them with an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages once again.
However, the Gunners have displayed impressive domestic form since their shock 3-2 home reverse by Olympiakos on MatchDay Two. Guardiola knows his team will need to be on their guard.
“I don’t expect anything other than a fight for the 90 minutes,” he says.
“We have to look for another way to compete against them because of the enthusiasm they will have, so we will have to be intelligent and control our game.”
The former Barcelona coach continued: “Of course I prefer to come here with six points, but I can imagine my team with zero points and playing in Germany against Arsenal.”
“I can imagine the mentality of my team – we would be an animal, because it is our last chance, you give everything and that will happen with Arsenal so you have to be prepared. We saw what happened with Arsenal against Zagreb and Olympiakos, when no one expected them (their opponents) to win, and it will be the same for us tomorrow.”