By Giuseppe Muro
When Braga came to Emirates Stadium in September many, including Arsène Wenger, believed they would offer the Gunners a stern test on their Champions League debut.
But Domingos Paciência and his side failed to live up to their promise, suffering a heavy 6-0 defeat as the Gunners opened their European campaign with a bang.
But surely Os Arsenalistas will be a tougher proposition on their home ground? We spoke to Luis Baila of RTP TV to get a Portuguese perspective on Tuesday’s game.
SILENCING THE CRITICS
Braga got taught a lesson at Emirates Stadium. A draw will be very good for Braga tomorrow and their coach, Domingos Paciência, will play for a draw and not to win. But Arsenal need to win because they lost against Shakhtar. The fans have confidence but they know that Arsenal are one of the best teams in Europe. To win will be very difficult. But then again, people said Arsenal wouldn’t lose in Shakhtar and they lost. Who knows what will happen?
IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL
There wasn’t a big reaction in the media because it’s not the first time a Portuguese team had lost badly at Emirates Stadium. Porto lost 5-0 last season so the media had sympathy for Braga’s situation. It’s their first time in the Champions League and they were playing against one of the best teams in Europe. The first thing they did badly was to play as if they were playing against ‘just another team’. It was suicide and we saw what happened. I think they learnt a very big lesson from that game.
At the moment Braga are confident after two wins in the Champions League against Partizan Belgrade. Though in the league their situation is not good. They have lost their last three games. Lima, Matheus and Alan are all Brazilians and are the key players for Braga. They have many Brazilians in the side and they play football like Brazilians.
THE AXA STADIUM
The stadium is different from any other in Europe. It is a beautiful stadium and will add to the atmosphere of the game tomorrow.