Vítor Pereira, coach
Winning is our main objective. If past achievements were a factor we’d win this tie, but we live in the present so that doesn’t count. Málaga are fourth in the Liga and proved their strength by finishing ahead of Milan and Zenit in the Champions League group stage. It’s going to be a hard game. I’ve watched them twice and they have excellent quality and very good players. They concede very few goals, and can play possession football and on the counterattack, but I don’t think they’ll come here to defend.
I always dreamed of being involved in the Champions League when I was watching from the stands, hearing that anthem. This is the best competition in the world – why would I be nervous? I can only enjoy these matches and hope there will be many more to come. I admire Málaga’s style and, yes, they have excellent players, but we will not focus on stopping them individually. We’ll try to erase their strong points and play as we usually do, to maintain our identity.
Friday: SC Beira-Mar 0-2 Porto (Atsu 34, Martínez 73)
Helton; Danilo, Otamendi, Mangala, Sandro; Fernando, Moutinho (Castro 80), Lucho (Rodríguez 71), Izmailov; Atsu (Maicon 64), Martínez.
• Porto extended their unbeaten run in the Liga to 32 matches with a 2-0 win at struggling Beira-Mar; their last defeat was 3-1 at Gil Vicente FC on 29 January 2012.
Steven Defour is out with a thigh strain picked up in training at the end of January, but Varela is available after shaking off a muscular problem that ruled him out on Friday.
Manuel Pellegrini, coach
In 180 minutes a lot can happen. Porto are a good team, but we have proved in this season’s competition that we are at the same level.
It’s likely the outcome of the tie will be decided in Malaga. Few people expected us to get here, so these are the sort of games our fans should relish. We believed we could make it this far when we set out and now we face Porto, one of the best teams in Portugal.
Júlio Baptista has played some part in the last few matches. Now we will see how many minutes he can play tomorrow. We will never go out with the intention of just defending in the Champions League. It should be a fantastic show with two attacking teams. I will not change our style and they too have some very good players who like to attack, such as Lucho González, Jackson Martínez and João Moutinho.
Saturday: Málaga 1-0 Athletic Club (Saviola 18)
Willy; Sergio Sánchez, Lugano, Weligton, Antunes; Camacho, Portillo, Piazón (Joaquín 81), Isco, Baptista (Toulalan 59); Saviola (Santa Cruz 59).
• Málaga’s third victory in four Liga outings – secured by Javier Saviola’s seventh top-flight goal of the campaign – helped the Costa del Sol side to maintain fourth position in the domestic standings.
Eliseu will take no part on Tuesday having failed to recover in time from the damaged right knee ligament he sustained against Real Zaragoza on 3 February.
Porto’s 37 games against Spanish teams have left them with an overall record of W12 D5 L20 (W7 D3 L7 in Porto). In 12 European away matches Málaga have suffered only one defeat. That 1-0 loss to Porto’s neighbours Boavista FC came in their sole previous campaign, encompassing the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup and 2002/03 UEFA Cup.
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Arsène Wenger, manager
I have the experience to know it’s played over 180 minutes. We must put in our head that we have 180 minutes to qualify – we must not rush our game. It’s important to play to win the competition and at some stage we’ll therefore come up against good teams.
I trust our quality, I trust our spirit and I trust our mental strength – so see you tomorrow!
It’s important we play with belief; we’re on a good run overall. The fact is that we’ve lost two of our last 11 league games. Nil-nil at home is a very good result in the Champions League knockout, but we’re an offensive team and we’ll try to go forward and score goals.
We have a way to play that everybody knows – we play with a positive mentality. We have the quality to win and the psychological aspect is more important than anything else. What’s important is to forget what people say and play to our strengths. We are playing for Arsenal Football Club in the last 16 of the Champions League. We have to show we have mental strength.
We’ve been consistently in the last 16 but what we want now is to break through. I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to do that because I believe we have a strong team.
Saturday: Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn Rovers FC (Kazım Richards 72)
Szczesny; Vermaelen, Koscielny, Monreal, Diaby; Rosický (Wilshere 70), Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Cazorla 70), Coquelin; Giroud, Gervinho (Walcott 70).
• Boyhood Arsenal fan Colin Kazim Richards struck the winner as second-tier Blackburn reached the FA Cup quarter-finals at Arsenal’s expense. Gervinho missed a handful of chances and Tomáš Rosicky’s effort come back off the crossbar, but Arsenal could not find a breakthrough and now have just this competition left to end their eight-year wait for a trophy.
There is “uncertainty” over Laurent Koscielny because of illness, while Kieran Gibbs is out with a thigh injury and fellow left-back Nacho Monreal is ineligible. Thomas Vermaelen (ankle), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (thigh) all shook off minor knocks to play against Blackburn at the weekend.
Jupp Heynckes, coach
I think last season we had a great season but with Bayern if you don’t win a title then it’s not enough. This season we’ve changed in defence and what’s important to me is that every player must learn to defend and attack; every player is a defender and an attacker.
Two years without a trophy at Bayern – we have to do something about that.
The players have that hunger and that motivation for success and that’s very important moving forward. We’ve shown this already in the league, in the cup and in the Champions League – that we have this desire and motivation. The Champions League is special because you play at a higher level so you need even more.
Arsenal are very good team, especially going forward, so we have to stand very tight in defence and then work our way forward. They’ve got a lot of tradition and history – they stand for passing football. They’re fifth in the league and they will be a very different opponent for us. You can really see how [Wenger's] teams play as they have a real style and dynamic. I don’t have a result I wish for as such, but I think that we can win if we play at our very top level.
Friday: VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern (Mandžukić 36, Robben 90+2)
Neuer; Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Müller, Luis Gustavo, Ribéry (Robben 78); Kroos (Tymoshchuk 79), Mandžukić (Gomez 83).
• Bayern remain a massive 15 points clear of the chasing pack after starting the weekend in style with victory at Wolfsburg. Mario Mandžukić’s impressive overhead kick broke the deadlock before Arjen Robben wrapped up the win with his first Bundesliga strike of the campaign.
Jérôme Boateng begins a two-match suspension, though midfielder Javi Martínez has shrugged off a toe injury and looks set to be available. Claudio Pizarro (illness) and Holger Badstuber (knee) are absent.
The teams met at this stage in 2004/05, Bayern establishing a 3-1 lead in the home leg with Pizarro scoring their first two goals. It was enough to take them through, despite Arsenal’s 1-0 win in the return.
*Info from UEFA