Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben has moved to quell talk that his side are guaranteed a passage to the Champions League semi-finals ahead of their quarter-final clash with Manchester United.
The reigning champions are heavy favourites to progress to the last four having being drawn against David Moyes’ struggling Red Devils, and some are even tipped them to become the first team to retain the tournament’s crown since it became the Champions League in 1992. However Robben is insistent that his side will have to remain at their scintillating best if they are to beat United, as the Premier League giants have the potential to cause them problems.
The former Chelsea winger told Bayern’s official website: “We need to watch ourselves! The media and everyone else is saying: ‘United aren’t in good shape so you’ll definitely make the semi-finals.’ I don’t like this at all! It’ll be a tough contest! We need a top performance right from the start. You only need to lose concentration once and you could be beaten by United.”
In contrast Moyes will know that his side will have to be playing out of their skins in both legs if they are to offer their German opponents any sort of a challenge.
Pep Guardiola’s Bavarians have already clinched the Bundesliga title in record-breaking fashion, and comfortably dealt with Arsenal in the last round. For their part United sit seventh in the Premier League and had to rely on a 3-0 victory at home to edge past Olympiacos in the round of 16.