Eto'o confident of breaching Arsenal defence

May 15, 2006

Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o is not losing any sleep worrying about how to beat Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann in Wednesday's Champions League final.

Lehmann's late penalty save against Villarreal in the semi-finals helped preserve Arsenal's remarkable record in Europe which has seen them stack up 10 successive clean sheets en route to the final.

However, the Germany number one will be up against one of the most potent attacks in Europe when he faces Barca at the Stade de France.

Eto'o is the top scorer in the Primera Liga with 25 goals - he has also struck five times in the Champions League - and he is confident he or one of his team-mates can find a breakthrough.

'Arsenal have the best defence in the Champions League? Well, we have the best strikeforce in this competition,' he said.

'We will try to find solutions to score, you don't lose anything by trying, and that's what we are going to do.'

Eto'o is not prepared to face another failure in his career after two recent setbacks.

In Cameroon's final World Cup qualifier, team-mate Pierre Wome missed a last-minute spot-kick which would have clinched a place in Germany.

And earlier this year, Eto'o missed a penalty in the African Nations Cup against Ivory Coast, ending a record 24-shot shoot-out and eliminating his side at the quarter-final stage.

'Defeats are always painful,' said the 25-year-old.

'I had to experience one not long ago when we missed a penalty in the last second of a game and my country didn't qualify for the World Cup.

'I don't want to experience this again.'

Eto'o claims he feels no added responsibility, despite being his team's chief striker, and insists the mouth-watering Stade de France encounter will not just be a goalscoring contest between himself and Arsenal captain Thierry Henry.

'There's no battle between Henry and Eto'o,' he said.

'He is an exceptional player but one player cannot win a game on his own.

'He will do the best he can for Arsenal and I will do my best for Barcelona.

'I feel no pressure being the team's top scorer,' Eto'o added.

'I always sleep well and I think I will sleep well the day before the final.

'I will prepare for this final the same way I do for any other game. What I don't want is to score and lose the game.

'I don't care who scores first - what I really want is to give everything and not have to think afterwards that I could have done better.

'No-one can change God's wish. That is why we have to give everything.'