Schweinsteiger wary despite winning start

February 20, 2013
By ESPN.com news services

Bastian Schweinsteiger helped Bayern Munich edge towards the Champions League quarterfinals but warned the job is not yet complete.

Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium means Bayern has a handsome advantage ahead of the home leg on March 13, but the German international said the fans should not get carried away.

"We mustn't underestimate Arsenal, they have some very good players, and we'll have to give it 100 percent in the return," he said on Bayern's official website. "Arsenal aren't just dropping by as tourists. It's a good result, but it's not over yet."

After receiving his third booking in this season's competition, midfielder Schweinsteiger will be suspended when Arsenal visit the Allianz Arena.

That means the Germans will be without a star man, but goals from Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic have put Bayern in control of the tie. Schweinsteiger appreciates that, but says there can be no slacking at this stage.

"We really got going well, especially in the first 30 minutes, when we let the ball and our opponents do the work," Schweinsteiger said. "We were ruthless, especially in terms of taking our chances, but the third goal was vital too."

For midfielder Kroos, there was disappointment that Bayern did not leave London with a clean sheet.

"We were outstanding for very long spells against a top European club," Kroos said. "There was a phase just before and just after the break when Arsenal got at us, but you'll never entirely prevent that.

"They failed to create clear-cut chances, but it hurts to let in a goal, and it shouldn't be happening."

Information from Press Association was used in this report.