Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is backing Arsene Wenger saying that you cannot be regarded as a failure just because you have gone eight years without winning a trophy.
This all stems from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho describing Wenger as a “specialist in failure.”
Guardiola however who won 13 trophies during his six years at Barcelona say’s football in not only about winning trophies, telling Sky Sports.
“This life is not just about winning trophies,” said Guardiola.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Arsenal compete with huge teams. Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City – they are important teams. But Arsenal remains a good team and good club.
“I have a lot of respect for my colleague Arsene: he always likes the good, good players, the good style of football.”
Guardiola goes on to admit that his side are the favourites to win over the two-leg affair as he prepares for tonight’s match at the Emirates.
“If we let them have the ball, we are going to suffer. So we have to make sure we monopolise the ball,” he said.
“I learned you can never dominate for 90 minutes against Arsenal. You can dominate for certain moments, but with these quality players at Arsenal, we have a problem.
“Arsenal are not a new team in this competition. I am pretty sure they will play to win the game, not for a 0-0.
“I know we are favourites – I can’t deny that. But I have to handle that, to live every game, to accept we are favourites.
“I would like to live without these feelings, but it’s impossible. I handled it before in Barcelona but we start 0-0, so now we have to show our level.”