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Ribery: Easier than expected

Franck Ribery has admitted Bayern Munich were surprised by the ease with which they beat Arsenal in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League tie.

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Franck Ribery: Surprised that Arsenal did not provide a tougher test.

Franck Ribery: Surprised that Arsenal did not provide a tougher test.

The German side cruised to a 3-1 victory at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to move a step closer to a place in the quarter-finals.

Arsene Wenger had been under pressure even before the European defeat and Ribery believes they may have lacked some self-belief.

The Frenchman says he still expected a tougher test, but he was delighted with Bayern's performance and is now focused on finishing the job at home next month.

"We didn't think it would be so easy," said Ribery. "We know Arsenal are having some problems in the league, maybe they are lacking confidence.

"Each to their own problems. But we feel good, we feel confident and we're delighted to have got that result.

"We're all working hard together, with the will to play well, to win together, to defend together. It's important to carry on like this."

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put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

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ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

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alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

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