Borussia Dortmund utility man Kevin Grosskreutz has highlighted Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben as the danger man ahead of Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final between Germany’s two heavyweights, labelling the 30-year-old ‘world class’.
Victory for Bayern would see Pep Guardiola’s side complete a domestic double, having clinched the Bundesliga in record-breaking time thanks in no small part to Robben whose performances have yielded 19 goals this year - including three in just four DFB-Pokal ties.
Robben has been one of many players linked with a summer exit from Bayern, with reported interest from Manchester United with Holland coach Louis Van Gaal expected to take over the reins at Old Trafford in the coming days.
The explosive winger is clearly the man that BVB feel they must stop if they are to emerge victorious and 25-year-old Grosskreutz was full of praise for the Dutch international whilst highlighting the responsibility on himself to keep the former Chelsea and Real Madrid man quiet:
"Robben is a world-class player," he told Kicker in an interview that was quoted by Goal.
"He can, as we know from experience, decide a game on his own. To stop him, you have to double him. I always track back a lot and help my colleagues. I know how Robben plays on his side and we will support, for example, Marcel Schmelzer as best we can."
While Bayern may be favourites for the tie, Dortmund have had the better of the head-to-head exchanges between the two sides this season, winning two of the three encounters.
The first came back in August in the German Super Cup whilst April brought a 3-0 victory at the Allianz Arena. Grosskreutz knows a repeat performance would go a long way to securing the cup for Jurgenn Klopp’s men.
"To be compact and finish our counterattacks with the same precision as we did five weeks ago would be very helpful," he added.
"In the Bundesliga, there aren't many brave teams when they are dealing with Bayern. We play brave, we are not afraid, we do our thing."
Whether Dortmund’s brave approach will be enough to get their hands on the trophy remains to be seen however Grosskreutz - who is part of the provisional Germany squad to go to the World Cup - and company are sure to have their hands full keeping Robben et al in check but if all the traditional methods fail can always try throwing a kebab at him I suppose.
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