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Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Jesus wary of returning Kane

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Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus labelled Harry Kane “the best finisher in the world” ahead of the England international’s return to North London tomorrow night.

Former Tottenham captain Kane will spearhead Bayern Munich’s attack in the first leg of the teams’ Champions League quarter-final tie at the Emirates.

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Kane scored 14 goals in 19 games for Spurs against their arch rivals and will be the visitors’ biggest threat.

Jesus said: “Everyone here knows the quality of Harry Kane – for me, personally, he is the best finisher in the world.

“It’s great to play against this kind of player. Obviously we want to keep him quiet and then we try to win the game.

“But it is not just Harry Kane – they have players like my old friend [Leroy] Sane, [Jamal] Musiala, [Kingsley] Coman, [Thomas] Muller and [Serge] Gnabry. They have quality players there.”

Bayern’s record of 11 successive Bundesliga titles is set to come to an end, potentially as early as this weekend, with Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen holding a 16-point advantage at the summit with six games to go.

It has been a poor season for Bayern with coach Thomas Tuchel set to leave at the end of the season.

Despite their domestic woes, however, Jesus remains wary of a squad packed with an abundance of talent.

He added: “I think no team in the world is perfect. But everyone knows Bayern’s history – they have won a lot of titles – Champions Leagues and Bundesligas.

“Everyone knows the quality of the club, the amazing quality of the players and it doesn’t matter if they have struggled in the last game, or the last two or three games – they are still Bayern and they can come and hurt us.

“That’s what we have to have in our mind – it doesn’t matter that they lost their last game, they are still Bayern Munich.”

Arsenal’s 3-0 win at Brighton on Saturday evening, coupled with Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United yesterday, means the Gunners sit top of the Premier League with seven games remaining.

They could end up with a domestic and continental double and Brazil striker Jesus says he is relishing every minute of it.

“This is the best part of the season for everyone who is still in the Champions League and fighting in the Premier League,” he said.

“It’s exciting because now is the deciding games, now the small details count. Now everyone is fit again and I hope everyone can give extra and help the team.

“All the players here and the club wants to win [the Champions League] – we are in the quarter-finals and anything can happen.

“We have still two big games [against Bayern], two big battles and then we will see.

“This season is two different parts – the beginning and the end. When you arrive at the end of the season fighting for something, it doesn’t matter if you only play five or 10 minutes, you want to help the team win games.

“Everyone has the spirit to help, to keep clean sheets for example, we are doing a great job – to face Bayern with this fitness, with this courage, is a massive plus for us.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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