Friday 19 January 2018

Bayern Munich were 'sleeping' during 5-1 demolition of Arsenal, claims Arjen Robben

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben speaks with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey last night
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben speaks with Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey last night

Jack Austin

Arjen Robben has claimed he and his Bayern Munich teammates were “sleeping” against Arsenal and called for an improvement on their first-half display at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

The Dutchman was on the scoresheet during the 5-1 win, as he was during the win by the same scoreline in Munich two weeks ago, as Carlo Ancelotti’s men ended the Gunners’ Champions League hopes at the last-16 stage for the seventh consecutive season.

Bayern are again one of the favourites to win the showpiece final in Cardiff in May, but were not at their best against Arsenal in the first 45 minutes as Theo Walcott gave the Premier League side a half-time lead.

And Robben believes his side must learn from their slow start and be ready from the offset if they are to progress in their quarter-final tie.

“The first half was not good,” Robben told BT Sport. “We spoke about it before the game. We knew what was going to happen - they were going to push.

“But we were sleeping. For second balls we were not there. In the quarter-finals we have to improve.

“The second half was much better and the penalty and the red card (for Laurent Koscielny) helped.

“They played aggressive in the first half. They created some danger and some chances and had an opportunity for the second goal.

“The penalty and the sending off changes the game but I think it was a clear penalty and, if you are the last man, it is a sending off.”

Independent News Service

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