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Eidvall backs Arsenal Women to beat anyone

Ahead of Arsenal’s return leg against Bayern Munich, The Gunners boss Eidvall has backed his team to beat anyone in Europe

Bayern Munich are currently leading Arsenal 1-0 on aggregate in their Women’s Champions League quarter-final tie. The German club took the lead in the first leg last week thanks to a header from Lea Schuller. The two teams will face each other again on Wednesday evening for the second leg, which will take place at the Emirates stadium.

He said: “With the squad here, we can beat any team at any time and that’s such a great feeling to have.

“We know it’s going to be determined with small details, but I have that feeling with this squad of players, any team in the world we can play, I know we have a chance of beating them.

“Having that feeling is one of the greatest feelings to have because you know anything is possible.

“I don’t think it’s that complicated. With the away goals rule, a result like this would have been really complicated to manage because if we conceded a goal [in the second leg], it would have put us in a really difficult situation and we would need to score three goals and so on.

“This is not complicated, we just need to win the football match… We need to be attacking, we need to create goalscoring opportunities of course, but we need to do it with balance so we are winning the match.”

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Although Arsenal is the only English club to have won the Champions League in 2007 and Chelsea reached the final in 2021, the list of winners is mostly composed of Lyon, Wolfsburg, and Barcelona.

Eidevall gave his perspective on why WSL teams have struggled in Europe but is confident that an English club will soon win the Champions League as they work to enhance the league’s reputation.

He said: “Other European clubs spend more money than English clubs on salaries, at least historically. Then they have the upper hand in the [transfer] market, English have not been the biggest spenders, compared to clubs like Lyon, Paris, Wolfsburg, Barcelona.

“It’s natural that the clubs who have invested the most have also been the most successful ones.

“If you see how the WSL has grown this year with more games played at bigger stadiums, good attendances, but also great atmospheres.

“We also see the excitement and competition around all three things that matter in the league – competition to win the league, competition to qualify for the Champions League, competition to not be relegated.

“That means that a lot of games here in the spring will have an important sporting outcoming, which is great for the entertainment value. Maybe not for managers hearts and ability to have hair not a grey colour, but for everyone else, that’s exciting.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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