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Tie not over, says Rafinha

Bayern Munich defender Rafinha says that their UEFA Champions League tie with Arsenal is far from over.

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Rafinha: Brazilian defender hopes Bayern can reach another final

Rafinha: Brazilian defender hopes Bayern can reach another final

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The German side are favourites to advance to the quarter-finals after a clinical 3-1 win in the first leg of their last-16 encounter at Emirates Stadium.

But with the Bavarian aristocrats having lost two Champions League finals in the last three years, including one in their own stadium last year, the Brazilian full back is wary despite their advantage over Arsenal.

"We can say we took a big step forward, but anything is possible in football," the 27-year-old told Esporte iG.

"We have to play well at home, we have to take advantage of the fact we'll have support from our fans to have another good game and ensure we advance to the next round.

"The Champions League is always an important competition for Bayern, especially as we have reached the final twice in the last three years.

"Unfortunately we didn't win, but I hope we'll reach the final again. It's a very hard competition to predict."

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reat article. Hits the nail on the head. Encapsulates why I don't read tabloid newspapers anymore. The only thing worse is the 'told you so first' headline when they get lucky.

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amous. If that can be achieved whilst sitting in your pants and without any degree of hard work, all the better. I have no desire to be famous, but the rest of that line suits me just fine. Great article by the way, well worth the wait.

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here seems to be little focus on the performance of Besiktas. They played very well and stopped Arsenal from playing. Credit has to go to their manager. As much as Arsenal didn't play too well, we kept a clean sheet, but the home side made it very difficult.

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