Arjen Robben Eyes Champions League Success With Bayern Munich In 2019

Arjen Robben was not too impressed with Bayern Munich’s flat title celebrations following their 4-1 loss to Stuttgart on Saturday and revealed he is already focusing on Champions League success next term.

Despite their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday, Bayern celebrated their sixth Bundesliga title in succession with the traditional wheat beer showers after the final whistle.

However, Arjen Robben criticised the underwhelming title celebrations for coming five weeks after Bayern sealed the title away to Augsburg back in April.

“When you win the title, you are super happy with spontaneous joy,” he told reporters on Saturday. “We witnessed today it was no longer spontaneous. That’s a shame. It’s something that can — actually must be — changed.”

Arjen Robben, who won his first domestic title in 2003 with PSV Eindhoven, added: “In Holland we do it differently. When you win the championship, you celebrate with the trophy straight away.”

Robben, 34, hasn’t played in a match since limping off with a muscle injury in Bayern’s 2-1 Champions League first-leg defeat against Real Madrid on April 25. He also missed the 2-2 draw in the return leg six days later in the Bernabeu as the German champions narrowly exited 4-3 on aggregate.

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However, despite another agonising defeat to the reigning champions, Robben felt Bayern have the squad to go close in Europe’s top club competition again next season.

“That’s our big target,” Robben said. “We are very well set if the team remains intact and no one leaves. The semifinal against [Real] Madrid gave me the feeling that something similar is possible again next year.”

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