Barcelona wing back Dani Alves is looking forward to a game of all out attack at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.
Arsenal travel to Spain with a 2-1 lead from the first leg, but Alves doesn’t believe Arsenal will copy Jose Mourinho’s approach of defending that knocked Barcelona out of the competition last season.
Last year Inter Milan took a 3-1 lead to the Nou Camp, and as Mourinho famously put it, parked the plane, opting to defend on the edge of their box for 90 minutes after losing a player early in thge first half to a red card.
Arsenal are not quite so good at defending and Dani Alves knows that like his own Barcelona team, the Gunners strengths lay in attacking football.
“It will be the same Arsenal as ever – an attacking team,” he said.
“That’s the way they play and I don’t think they know any other way.”
Barcelona beat Zaragoza 1-0 at the weekend, after Zaragoza defended for nearly the entire game.
“I don’t think Arsenal know how to play like Zaragoza did,” he added.
“But nor do we – against Zaragoza we carried on attacking and not once did we sit back.
“We will look to play as we always do, enjoying our football and without changing the way we are, but we must make sure we have learnt from the experience of last year against Inter.”
Seydou Keita made a rare start and scored the winner for his team against Zaragoza.
“It’s the biggest game of the year for us. And it’s vital we make a strong start,” he remarked.
“We have to keep a clean sheet. If we manage to shut them out then I’m sure that, with Messi, Villa and Pedro, we’ll score.”