Bayern Munich may be dominating every team they take the pitch against, but the reigning German champions are not taking anyone lightly.
The Bavarians travel to Ukraine to take on a Shakhtar Donetsk side that Arjen Robben is calling “very, very dangerous.”
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While most of the rhetoric leading up to the match has been surrounding the fact that Shakhtar must play 750 miles away from their home stadium due to the ongoing violence in the region, the side does possess some weapons that worry Arjen Robben.
I have a feeling that some people might underestimate Shakhtar. But this is a very, very good team. They are very dangerous, have some very fast Brazilians and are very dangerous on the counter attack.
We need to show our power in this game.”
One of those “very fast Brazilians” Robben is referencing would be Luiz Adriano, who is the leading goal scorer in the Champions League this season, tallying nine goals in five appearances. Five of those goals came in one match, a 7-0 thrashing over BATE Borisov in the group stage. In 253 appearances for Shakhtar, Adriano has scored 122 times, the most in club history.
Along with Luiz Adriano up top, Shakhtar will be playing with something to prove as they attempt to use football to bring back some sort of normalcy to the region. The “home” match for Shakhtar will be played in Lviv, about 750 miles away from their Donbass Arena, which is currently in a region controlled by pro-Russian rebels.
A win for Shakhtar would be massive in both a sporting sense and a social sense, and Arjen Robben knows never to overlook an opponent. However, Bayern are playing too well right now to be slowed down, and I see the Bavarians heading back to Munich with a big win.