You are invited to Log in or Register a free Frihost Account!

Wenger warns of Real danger ahead

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned that Real Madrid are still dangerous, despite the apparent upheaval at the club.
The Gunners hold a 1-0 first-leg lead over Real who have a temporary coach in charge and were hit by the resignation of president Florentino Perez.

Wenger said: "Real are not fragile, we expect them to have a good game.

"We look at ourselves. Our purpose is not to end the Galacticos era, but to go through, we must be at our best."

Wenger is aware that an Arsenal victory could prove the end for a Real side built around stars such as Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and England captain David Beckham.

But the Gunners boss also knows Real still possess enough quality to turn the tie around.

Wenger said: "One goal is a good cushion, but not much of a cushion at all. It's just a result which dictates them to have a go at us.

"You cannot play 90 minutes and think 'We'll just defend that goal', the lead is not big enough.

"As a team we have to defend well because they will have to go forward and we need a good defensive performance."

Despite his warning, Wenger believes Arsenal are more than halfway to securing a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Gunners' boss said: "I think we maybe did more than half the job in the first game and we want to finish the job off."

Swedish midfielder Freddie Ljungberg revealed that Wenger brought in a sports psychologist to assist the squad before the clash at the Bernabeu.

He said: "We've always had great belief in the team, but yes, the boss brought someone in to talk to us briefly."

He added: "In Madrid we helped each other so much, we tackled, we ran for each other and maybe we haven't done so much of that in the past."

Arsenal midfielder Gilberto is wary of the threat posed by his Brazil international team-mate Ronaldo - despite the striker's poor recent form and off-field problems.

Ronaldo was dropped for his side's 2-1 win over city rivals Atletico at the weekend.

"He has been criticised in Madrid by the press," added Gilberto.

"But we cannot think about his form going into the game. He is a very intelligent man and a very intelligent player."

Real's new president Fernando Martin says the 29-year-old's future is not important compared to Real's clash with the Gunners.

Martin said: "I am not bothered whether or not Ronaldo plays, all I want to do is to win.

"The team are going to go all out against Arsenal.

"The fans should have no doubt that we will do everything that is humanly possible to win. And if we do win we will turn our whole season round."
Related topics
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
climate change - hot topic (excuse the punn)
There are less bombings and terrorist attacks now than ever.
Scores die amid Iraqi shrine fury
Weapons of peace.
Bible Verses: Do Disbelievers Go To Hell?
Critique of Qur'an
Database nation?
france italy
The Middle East Conflict
Should marijuana be legal?
phpBB allowing HTML in sigs?
Worst Song Lyrics.
Reply to topic    Frihost Forum Index -> Lifestyle and News -> Discuss World News

© 2005-2011 Frihost, forums powered by phpBB.