Robben wants to continue win streak

Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben has urged his team-mates not to rest on their laurels as they look to continue their superb start to the season at Schalke on Saturday.

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Jupp Heynckes' side have collected five straight wins so far this term, starting off with victory in the first round of the DFB-Pokal and then securing Bundesliga triumphs over Greuther Furth, Stuttgart and Mainz before opening their Champions League group campaign with a midweek win over Valencia.

And Robben has now called on Bayern to continue building a lengthy winning streak in order to put last season's disappointments firmly behind them and strengthen their title-winning credentials this term.

"It would be nice if we would also win our next two or three games as well," the Dutchman said. "That would give us a real streak and put us on the right path."

Saturday's trip to the Arena AufSchalke is likely to be Bayern's biggest challenge of the season so far, though.

"They are tough opponents and I think they will be around the top of the table right until the very end," Robben said at a press conference in Munich.

Franck Ribery is a doubt after coming off with a knock against Valencia while Heynckes may shuffle his pack again in view of a round of midweek fixtures next week, followed by another Champions League game the following Tuesday.

However, Robben does not expect wholesale changes to be made as this could disturb the momentum his team is gathering.

"It is important that we keep a rhythm going," he said. "A good understanding of each other is also very important.

"I don't think it will happen that we have four or five different players on the field for every game."

Schalke were also in Champions League action this week with a 2-1 win at Olympiacos lifting their spirits, but their coach Huub Stevens has warned of the perils in store on Saturday.

"We know we are facing the number one title candidates," he said. "Self-confidence alone is not enough to beat Bayern.

"We need a lot of courage and faith in ourselves and cannot have any fear - that would be ill-advised."

Stevens too may make changes, but not ones he would necessarily like to make.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Jermaine Jones are both carrying knocks and "it is going to be tight for both of them", according to Stevens.



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