Robben disagrees with Ribery’s Bayern Munich optimism

Unlike Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben doesn’t think it is realistic for Bayern Munich to go through the entire Bundesliga campaign undefeated.

The Allianz Arena outfit won the treble under Jupp Heynckes last season, which raised question marks about how incoming coach Pep Guardiola could possibly raise the stakes. However, the former Barcelona boss appears to be doing just that, as Bayern remain on course to repeat their feat of last term, and in some style.

Arsenal await in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, whilst Hamburg provide the opposition in the quarter-final of the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday night. As for the defence of the Bundesliga, they are currently 13 points clear of second place Bayer Leverkusen, having won 18 of their 20 fixtures whilst drawing the other two games.

This has led to talk of Bayern going the whole domestic season unbeaten, and speaking after the 5-0 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this month, Ribery told Bild: “We have to win every match. We must not wane. Of course, we can win the league undefeated. But we must keep out feet planted firmly on the ground. And have fun.”

However, whilst such a possibility is by no means beyond the stretch of the imagination, it is not something which Robben believes to be likely. Speaking after another comfortable win, this time 2-0 at third-bottom Nurnberg, the Holland international offered the opinion that sooner or later, Guardiola’s side are bound to come unstuck in the league.

“We’ll suffer defeat again at some point,” he told the official Bundesliga website. “It won’t be a huge travesty for us though and definitely won’t throw us off our stride. Records are of no interest to us; all we want to do is win our matches. We don’t think about how many games we’ve won in a row or how long it’s been since our last defeat. Nothing is handed to us on a silver platter and it’s up to us to continue working hard for our success.”


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