Robben: Bayern will challenge Barcelona & Madrid for Champions League glory

The Dutchman is rather optimistic about his side’s chances in Europe, and has insisted that he has no intention of leaving die Roten this summer

Arjen Robben is brimming with confidence ahead of the first leg of Bayern Munich’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Juventus, and believes the Bundesliga leaders can challenge pre-tournament favourites Barcelona and Real Madrid for the title.

The Bavarians made it to the final of the competition last campaign, and Robben feels they have what it takes to make it to this year’s showpiece at Wembley, too, even though he realises Juventus will not be pushovers in the quarter-finals.

“We showed last season that we can be up there with the best in Europe, so we want to be in the final at Wembley. We will challenge the likes of Barca and Real for the title,” the Dutchman was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

If you look at last year’s final against Chelsea, again we should never have lost it. But we’ve improved from last year. We are in the quarter-finals and we are top of our league, so you can’t ask for more.

The tie against Juventus is going to be a tough challenge for sure. They are a team with so many experienced players — people like Andrea Pirlo — and we know how hard they will make it for us.”

The Netherlands international then went on to discuss his future at Bayern, and dismissed rumours that he could be on the move this summer.

Sometimes it’s ridiculous what gets written. I have another two years on my contract and I am looking forward to seeing it through,” he continued.

“Of course I didn’t want to be on the bench. When you’ve recovered from a few injuries like me, then you’ll understand. I love being on the pitch. When I’m out there, I just want to play football.”

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