Bayern's Carlo Ancelotti: 'Courage' required to win Champions League
MUNICH -- Carlo Ancelotti believes the unique ingredients behind Champions League success are "courage, personality, experience and luck" and demanded boldness from Bayern Munich in their round-of-16 first leg with Arsenal on Wednesday.
And Ancelotti, who has led Real Madrid and AC Milan to wins in the competition, promised the German champions would go on the offensive against the Premier League side.
"We aren't going to play to avoid goals," Ancelotti said at his prematch news conference.
"Arsenal is really dangerous on the counter-attack with fantastic, fast players. But its 180 minutes -- not only 90. If we want to move on we have to play well for 180 minutes."
He added: "To win the Champions League you need courage, personality, experience and luck.
"But you especially need to be bold -- usually the team playing the best football wins this competition."
The Italian confirmed Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng are the only absentees for the German champions, after Xabi Alonso recovered from a minor knock in Monday's training to face the Gunners.
Central defender Mats Hummels felt not allowing the Gunners to score a crucial away goal in Munich was pivotal to his side's chances of progressing.
"Keeping a clean sheet in knockout games at home is definitely an important factor. That is our target," Hummels said.
Meanwhile, Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer rubbished media speculation linking him to his old boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.