Arsène Wenger

Manchester clubs in danger

Arsene Wenger

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The level in the Champions League is more balanced between the Premier League and other countries. Other countries improved a lot. I mean Spain, Italy, and especially Germany. We have a smaller margin between ourselves and others than five or six years ago.

I think Manchester United will get the result they need against Basel and qualify,

Rooney will be a key player tonight, because he is decisive. When a team is in trouble, players like Rooney are extremely important.

He can create and score goals, he knows how to be physical. He is a complete player with a force and a desire to win.

Basel's best hope is Alexander Frei, who is a very clinical goalscorer.

We always underestimate Swiss teams, and when you watch their league you will be surprised how good it is.

If Basel start well, they could pose some major problems.

I have been very impressed with Benfica this season, and they should be congratulated.

I am not surprised because we already played against them at the beginning of the season in a friendly game, and they made a very good impression.

It is a lively team, technical, mobile, very aggressive too. I think that Benfica will finish first of its group because they play Otelul Galati at home, which is a game they should win.

Manchester City have been in a very tough group with Bayern Munich and Napoli - it's not easy for anyone to qualify.

One factor could be that in England, some teams can be affected psychologically by the financial superiority and the prestige of Manchester City.

However, in Europe, it is a phenomenon which doesn't exist in Champions League. There are teams who are used to dominating their league, and then games are more balanced.

City's game against Bayern will be very interesting, especially because they are over a barrel and must win. I thnk they will win the game because Bayern is under pressure in Bundesliga - they have already qualified and may look to focus on the domestic competition.

I will not be surprised if Manchester City wins, but nor will I be if Napoli also wins and go through at City's expense.

I didn't expect Napoli to draw away and win at home against City, but at the same time it's not completely surprising because they have great players like Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani.

Cavani had a great World Cup, and Lavezzi is currently in the Argentinan team which is no mean feat when you look at the players they have in attack.

Also, the club have come back from enormous financial tribulations and they are hungry for victory. They are humble - there is no arrogance, just a desire to win. That makes them extremely dangerous.

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