Serge Gnabry has urged his Bayern Munich team-mates to not be complacent heading into the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Chelsea – because Liverpool showed against Barcelona last year how big leads can fade away.
Gnabry scored twice at Stamford Bridge before Robert Lewandowski’s 76th-minute strike gave Bayern a 3-0 win to take back to Allianz Arena.
Liverpool lost by the same scoreline in their first-leg at Barcelona last season before mounting a memorable comeback at Anfield to book a spot in the final.
And Bayern’s hitman used the example set by Jurgen Klopp’s side to rally his team-mates ahead of the return leg.
“Three goals should give us a lot of confidence,” he told BT Sport after a stirring performance.
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“We need to be prepared for the second leg and we can’t take it serious enough.
“It’s still open but I think we have a good advantage. I think we knew we had to be patient.
“We had the game under control in the first half. I think we had a couple of chances with Lewa (Robert Lewandowski) and Thomas (Muller) and didn’t take them.
“But we knew we had to be patient and that we’d get our chances and in the end we took them.
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“We saw last season with Liverpool beating Barcelona, we know we have to be careful and focus.”
Gnabry’s brace took his London goal tally to six in the Champions League this term, following on from his four-goal showing at Tottenham in October.
The German winger, who played for Arsenal from 2012 to 2016, also expressed his love for the capital in his post-match remarks.
“I certainly do [enjoy coming back to London],” he added. “I have a lot of friends here.
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“A lot of them were in the stands tonight and I think they were giving me good power.”
Gnabry took great pleasure in asserting his dominance once more against one of his former club’s rivals, tweeting: “London [is] still red.. #FCB.”
Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin delighted in his pal’s trolling, responding on Instagram: “HAHA I LOVE YOU.”
Former Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere also piled in with: “Stopppp it [fire emoji, love eyes emoji].”
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