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Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben: Not one percent less than first leg

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Robben believes there is still a long way to go. (©GettyImages)
Robben believes there is still a long way to go. (©GettyImages).

Arjen Robben has insisted that Bayern Munich will have to be on top of their game again if they want to be sure of a place in the Champions League final.

 

Bayern ran rampant against Barcelona at the Allianz Arena and have a seemingly insurmountable 4-0 advantage to defend in Spain.

 

The Dutchman told the official club website: “We want to make the final, and that means playing just as well as we did in the first leg – not one single per cent less!”

 

Robben scored Bayern’s third in last Tuesday’s rout but has warned his teammates that Tito Vilanova’s side will come out fighting in front of their own fans.

 

“The biggest mistake we could possibly make would be to think we’re already through to the final,” he said. “If there is a team capable of correcting a four-goal deficit, it’s Barcelona.”

 

Coach Jupp Heynckes has a fully fit squad available, bar long-term absentees Holger Badstuber and Toni Kroos. Despite speculation to the contrary, Brazilian defender Dante is expected to start at the Nou Camp.

 

Few now envisage anything other than an all-German final later this month, but Robben emphasised the importance of maintaining the standard set in Bavaria last week.

 

“We’ll have to concentrate ever harder than the 100 percent we manager in the home game, from the first minute onwards,” he said.

 

A Bayern goal in Catalonia will effectively see off the tie but the onus is now very much on Barcelona to take the game to their visitors.

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