Spurs out to end Liv­er­pool hopes

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Ar­jen Robben is rel­ish­ing Bay­ern Mu­nich’s forth­com­ing “week of truth” when they host Arse­nal in the Cham­pi­ons League with the Ger­man cham­pi­ons cur­rently strug­gling for form.

Bay­ern scrapped into the quar­ter­fi­nals of the Ger­man Cup on Tues­day with a 1-0 win at home to Wolfs­burg, thanks to Dou­glas Costa’s first-half goal and hero­ics from Ger­many goal­keeper Manuel Neuer.

The Ger­mans are bid­ding to reach the Cham­pi­ons League’s semi-fi­nals for a sixth sea­son in a row.

They host Arse­nal on Wed­nes­day on the back of a record 15-game win­ning streak in Euro­pean matches at the Al­lianz Arena.

Carlo Ancelotti’s star-stud­ded Bay­ern are four points clear in Ger­many’s top flight and are at rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened In­gol­stadt away tonight in the Bun­desliga.

Robben says Bay­ern need a good per­for­mance at their Bavar­ian neigh­bours in their fi­nal fine-tun­ing be­fore host­ing the Gun­ners in the first­leg tie of the Cham­pi­ons League’s last 16 round with the re­turn in Lon­don on March 7.

The Dutch­man scored against the Gun­ners in Novem­ber 2015 when Bay­ern bat­tered Arse­nal 5-1 at the Al­lianz Arena, but is tak­ing noth­ing for granted.

“Our per­for­mances haven’t been good enough and we have to do a few things bet­ter,” said Robben.

“We have to talk about this in train­ing and make sure we play as a team.”

“Arse­nal will be ‘the week of truth’ and will be ex­cit­ing.

“Nor­mally, we are al­ways where we need to be for games like that, but it is a com­pletely dif­fer­ent game. “It’ll be a step up. “It’s Cham­pi­ons League and the op­po­nents are al­ways bet­ter.”

Bay­ern were far from im­pres­sive in seal­ing 2-1 wins at both Freiburg and Werder Bre­men in their open­ing two league games of 2017.

Ancelotti has said the de­fence must im­prove, high­light­ing the big gap between his back four and the mid­field in Satur­day’s 1-1 draw against Schalke.

Bay­ern will have their hands full con­tain­ing Arse­nal’s at­tack which boasts Ger­many mid­fielder Me­sut Ozil, plus star for­wards Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud.

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur are ea­ger to land a fa­tal blow to Liv­er­pool’s slim Premier League ti­tle hopes when the sides meet at An­field to­day, striker Harry Kane has said. Un­beaten in their last nine league games, sec­ond-placed Tot­ten­ham have emerged as the most likely con­tenders to halt Chelsea’s charge but will have to defy the odds as their Lon­don ri­vals hold a nine-point lead at the top of the ta­ble.

“It is a im­por­tant game for us. We want to build the gap on Liv­er­pool and if we beat them next week then we go seven points clear of them. That is what we want to try to do,” Kane told Bri­tish me­dia.

Liv­er­pool’s bid for the ti­tle has col­lapsed in the re­cent weeks as a five-game win­less run in the league has seen them drop down to fifth, 13 points be­hind Chelsea af­ter 24 games.

“We want to catch Chelsea and it’s im­por­tant that we stay as high up the ta­ble as pos­si­ble. If we can build gaps over other teams be­hind us, that is the im­por­tant thing. It is not down to us. We don’t know if Chelsea are catch­able,” Kane said.

“All we can do is win our games. Hope­fully they drop a few points here and there. We want to start build­ing the gap from the oth­ers and push Chelsea all the way and see how they cope.

“Chelsea have that gap at the mo­ment. It hap­pens in the Premier League. There is a long way to go.”

Harry Kane of Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing

„Bay­ern Mu­nichen striker, Ar­jen Robben cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing a goal.

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