Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben has slammed the tactics Jose Mourinho used in last week’s 0-0 draw away to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.
The Bayern Munich star, who spent three years with the Blues between 2004-2007, says the tactics used by both Mourinho and Diego Simeone at the Vicente Calderon had “nothing to do with football”.
Robben was still reeling after Bayern’s shock 4-0 defeat at the hands of Real Madrid on Tuesday night when he was asked by reporters how he saw this evening’s other semi-final panning out. However, the Dutchman was in no mood to talk about the crucial fixture which takes place at Stamford Bridge.
“I don't really care,” he told reporters, bluntly. “I watched the 90 minutes last week and I couldn't watch it. The match had nothing to do with football.”
He added that while he respects both the coaches of Chelsea and Atletico, he expects the winners of tonight’s other semi-final to suffer defeat to Real Madrid in next month’s final, which takes place in Lisbon.
“I respect the two managers and everybody has their own way,” Robben continued, “but I think Real Madrid will win the Champions League and I wish them all the best.”
Real Madrid destroyed Pep Guardiola’s side at the Allianz Arena and are now the overwhelming favourites to win their first Champions League title since 2002.
However, Mourinho knows Real Madrid better than any other coach in world football, and he might feel confident of keeping Cristiano Ronaldo and co. quiet if his side secure their place in the final this evening.
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