Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is hoping his club can shock Europe and win the Champions League in May, emulating London rival Chelsea's success in the competition earlier this year.
The Gunners sealed their progression to the last 16 on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Montpellier and face Olympiakos in Athens in their final game of the group in December.
And the 22-year-old has admitted that, while he wants to win the competition, he is hoping that a good run in Europe won’t hinder his side's domestic form.
“You only take part in competitions with ambitions to win it, don’t you?” Szczesny told the Evening Standard. “There are other, fantastic teams in Europe who are more likely to win it. But I’m in this competition to win it."
He continued to explain, “Chelsea had a fantastic run but they weren’t great in the Premier League. We hope we can do what they did last season but also do a bit better in the Premier League as well.
Despite being second in Group B behind Schalke, the Poland international isn’t fazed about facing a potential winner from another group in the knockout phase of the competition.
“It’s hard to say how vital it is to win the group. In the last 16, whether you come first or second, you come up against the best teams in Europe," he said.
“We finished top of the group last season and played AC Milan away and lost 4-0 so I’m not sure if it’s the most important thing. Now we’re satisfied with qualifying."
Follow GOAL.COM USA on Twitter
Does this article fire you up? Comment below and your opinion could be featured in the Boost Mobile Hot Topics published every Thursday. Click here for more details.