Arjen Robben: It’s going to be a tough duel


30-year-old Bayern Munich striker Arjen Robben has told the Champions League battle against Manchester United will be a tough one.

Four years ago, this Dutchman led his team into semi-finals in Champions league with a beautiful volley against the Red Devils.


The story has changed with United they are struggling to find their form and victory. They already lost their Premier League title and the top four place is become a big nightmare.

Robben knew the strength of the Premier League giants and said Bayern is not going to take it as an easy one.

He told that in Bayern’s official website: “It’s always fantastic to play in England,”

“And Old Trafford has got something particularly special about it, a fantastic atmosphere. As a footballer, you dream of playing Champions League quarter-finals in such atmospheres.”

“We’ve got to watch out,”

He strongly avoided the media opinions: “The media and public opinion is that Manchester are not in good shape and that we’re going through to the semis, but I don’t like that at all.

“It’s going to be a tough duel. We’ve got to be at our best from the very first minute, because you only need to get distracted for a second and you lose against Man U. If you lose concentration and lose the ball, then you get punished there.”

Two teams are going to hit by injuries, Robin Van Persie for United, Thiago Alcantara for Bayern.

He also stated about his national teammate Van Perise: “It’s a shame that [Van Persie’s] going to miss out,”

“Everybody wants to be involved when you get towards the end of the season and it’s painful when you can’t be – and I know that from experience.

“Of course Van Persie has particular quality, but Manchester still have enough options up front: Rooney, Welbeck, Nani, Valencia. Like I said, it’s going to be a difficult duel, but we’re all really looking forward to it.”

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