Experienced CSKA defender Aleksei Berezutski admits the Russians need their own ‘miracle’ to turn things around against Arsenal, who have a three-goal advantage after winning the first leg of their Europa League quarter final clash 4-1 at the Emirates.
“Roma played a magnificent match and made a miracle,” he said.
“We don’t have a lot of chances to repeat the same miracle, but sometimes miracles happen in football. Of course Arsenal are extremely motivated because winning the Europa League is the way into the Champions League, so this is their motivation.”
“Arsenal have a philosophy and have stuck to it for a long time, for many years, regardless of their record,” he said.
“If they are losing or winning they still play to make supporters and fans happy. When you act like this, trying to cheer up the supporters, you can have some problems in the defence.
“Tomorrow’s (today) strategy for Arsenal could be done in different ways, but they will be focusing on their attack of course.
“If we play without believing in yourself and without faith it is better not to play at all. We need to go to the pitch believing in ourselves and that we can make it into the next round. We need to change some things.”
The Gunners will be without Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka and Armenian forward, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, in Thursday’s clash. While Xhaka s down with flu, Mkhitaryan is out due to a knee injury he sustained against Southampton on Sunday.