Arjen Robben is fond of playing mind games, and everything should be taken with a grain of salt when it comes to the UEFA Champions League at this stage in the competition.
But the Dutchman claims his Bayern Munich side is no longer the favorites to win the UCL despite holding the title from last year’s tournament. Instead, Robben is putting the target squarely on the back of his opponents in Wednesday’s semifinal first leg: Real Madrid.
“They have the best players,” Robben told Kicker. “If you have a 10 minute period where you switch off, you can suddenly concede three goals. There’ll be a lot demanded of us.
“We are no longer favorites. Of course we want to win the Champions League again, but we’re in the semifinal – and anything can happen. Real are the most dangerous opponent we could have faced.”
Bayern did not face Real on the road to last season’s title, as the Spanish giants were dismissed by Borussia Dortmund in the semifinals. Real sent Dortmund home in this season’s quarterfinals after squashing Schalke 9-2 over two legs in the Round of 16.
Bayern and Real kickoff on Wednesday in Spain, with the return leg April 29.