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Bayern wary ahead of match against Arsenal

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 5:27 am •  Published: March 10, 2014
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Bayern Munich won't be taking Arsenal lightly.

The defending champions lead Arsenal 2-0 from the first leg of the last 16, but Bayern will be on guard against the Premier League side after what happened last year.

Bayern only progressed on away goals after losing 2-0 at home when the sides last met in Munich. A repeat this time around would send the match to extra time.

Bayern also has the distraction of president Uli Hoeness' trial on tax evasion charges, which opened Monday in Munich. The 62-year-old Hoeness faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty, with a verdict expected this week.

Here are five things to know before Tuesday's game:

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BREAKING RECORDS

Bayern is enjoying a record-breaking season in the Bundesliga.

Saturday's 6-1 rout at Wolfsburg — secured with five goals in 17 minutes — was the side's league-record 16th straight win, while Bayern extended its league-record unbeaten run to 49 games.

The side's 72 goals in 24 games is also a record in the Bundesliga, where it remains on course to become the first side to complete a season without defeat.

Bayern has only dropped points twice in 24 games so far this season. A 20-point lead over Borussia Dortmund with 10 games to play means the title is all but decided.

Bayern has scored in a league record 61 successive games, and in each of its last 54 games across all competitions — since that 2-0 defeat to Arsenal 12 months ago.

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RUFFLING FEATHERS

Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer's suggestion that other Bundesliga clubs do not train as hard as Bayern has drawn an indignant reaction across the league.

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp said if he were Sammer he'd "thank God every morning" someone had the idea to bring him to Bayern.

"I don't think Bayern Munich would have one point less if Matthias Sammer wasn't there," Klopp added.

Klopp found support from Hannover general manager Dirk Dufner, who called Sammer's comment "arrogant," while Mainz general manager Christian Heidel said it was about buying players.

"If we had the opportunity to spend 130 million euros on players in two years we'd also be champions without Matthias Sammer's advice. It's not so hard then," Heidel said.

Sammer attempted to diffuse the row on Saturday.

"I only said what we're doing and that one or the other should think it over," Sammer said. "I even said I didn't want to express any criticism and so none should be taken."

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CONTRASTING HEALTH

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has nearly a full squad to choose from.

With the exception of Holger Badstuber, who is still working his way back after tearing the cruciate ligament in his right knee, all Bayern players trained normally on Monday.

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