Braga chief eyes memorable debut

Braga manager Domingos Paciencia maintains his side will set out to make history on their Champions League debut at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Last Updated: 14/09/10 at 21:08

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The Portuguese outfit reached Europe's elite competition for the first time following victories over Celtic and Sevilla to take their place in Group H.

However, few give them much hope of a result against one of the Champions League's most experienced campaigners - the Gunners having progressed to the knockout stages for the past decade and to the quarter-finals or better in the past three years.

Yet Paciencia, who guided his team into second place in the Portuguese championship, ahead of Porto, maintains Braga - nicknamed 'Arsenal do Minho' because the clubs share the same colours - will not be overawed by the occasion at the Emirates.

"It is a unique game in the career of these players. A game like tomorrow can go into history, and that is what we will try to do," said Paciencia.

"We are conscious about the team we are gong to face and of their quality.

"We know the distance between Arsenal in London and the Arsenal in Braga is great, the more we can shorten this distance the better.

"We should try to be superior on the pitch, but we know the other team has great quality.

"We have to try to have our own moments, to try to achieve things and make history."

Paciencia continued: "Arsenal are used to playing in the Champions League, for Braga it is the first time in the group stages.

"The normal thing would be for Braga to lose, but I hope tomorrow that we will have great praise because we have achieved something here, an historic result."

French international Bacary Sagna maintains Arsenal will not make the same mistakes again this season if they make the latter stages.

The Gunners were humbled by Barcelona after progressing past the group stages last term and Sagna says his team have learned from that.

"We are wiser for those experiences," he said.

"In those games, Barcelona were better than us, but we didn't see the real Arsenal. We have to correct that and keep playing as a team.

"We know what we had to work on.

"We know what we need to reach a final and win it."

Sagna added: "It is a short way to go to Wembley stadium, but a long way to go to the final.

"We have to give everything to reach it and play game by game."

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