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Lahm feared Arsenal deja-vu in Bayern triumph

Philipp Lahm admitted the memory of last season’s home defeat to Arsenal had entered his mind before Bayern Munich edged through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Bayern lost 2-0 to Arsene Wenger’s side 12 months ago but edged through on the away goals rule on its way to winning the trophy.

It went into Wednesday’s tie in a commanding position having won the first leg 2-0 at the Emirates and strengthened its hand further when Bastian Schweinsteiger put them ahead after 55 minutes.

But former Bayern forward Lukas Podolski equalized almost immediately and, buoyed by the goal, Arsenal poured forward, causing the hosts some nervous moments.

The Gunners were unable to breach the Bayern backline again, however, and it was Pep Guardiola’s side who ought to have restored its advantage on the night only for Thomas Muller to miss a late penalty.

The 3-1 aggregate scoreline may appear comfortable but Lahm conceded there were some flutters when Podolski scored.

Asked whether he had started to think of last season, Lahm told Sky: “Yes, I have to admit that.
“The longer a match lasts the more you think about how you have to bring this over the line.”

Overall, though, Lahm was pleased with Bayern’s display, adding: “We played a very, very good first half. We were in total control of the match and we allowed them not a single chance.

“You may not forget that this was a very good opponent and this is the Champions League round of 16. During the second half we made too many mistakes.”

Manuel Neuer was also pleased with the Bavarians' progression to the last eight as they bid to become the first team to defend the Champions League.

The Germany international said: “Arsenal are a team that plays football at first but that are also able to get into a game and fight.

“And you realize this could be dangerous. At about 80, 82 minutes you could see that Arsenal were not able to put us under pressure and it got a little more relaxed.“

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