Arjen Robben was delighted to mark his 100th game in the Champions League with a win as FC Bayern München return to their imperious best under Jupp Heynckes.
Following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti after the 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain, former Bayern boss Heynckes has steadied the ship with a 5-0 defeat of Freiburg and 3-0 victory over Celtic.
And Robben, who was reportedly unhappy during the previous regime, is happy to see his beloved club back “on the right track”.
Speaking to the Bundesliga official website, he said: “100 games in the Champions League is special, but I didn’t prepare for the game any differently. As a team, the plan was to put in another good performance and build on Saturday’s win [against Freiburg]. I think we managed that.”
He continued: “We’re on the right track, but you can’t over-exaggerate things after two games.
“The coach makes it very clear what he wants to see. As players we all know whom we have in charge and what he demands from the team and individuals.
“We then need to put that into practice on the field. We’ve already improved a few things, but there’s still room for improvement. We can’t allow ourselves to be happy – we need to continue in this manner.”
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Robben knows Heynckes’ coaching style well and says it is a team effort to improve results.
You always need a certain level of discipline, as the players who worked with him four or five years ago know. There’s not much new, but it’s still a little bit different. Whenever a new coach comes in there are changes on and off the pitch.
“We all work together going forwards and at the back. Putting in the hard yards defensively is part of that. My strengths – and those of the other attackers – of course lie further up the field, but we need a level of stability for our structure. I told the coach that if he needs a right-back, he knows where to find me!”