Beating Barcelona wasn`t tough: Robben

Last Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 08:38

Berlin: Arjen Robben was surprised at how easily Bayern Munich beat Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou.

The former Real Madrid star opened the scoring with a fine finish past Victor Valdes shortly after half-time, before an own goal from Gerard Pique and a towering header from Thomas Muller late on made it 3-0.

"It surprised me that we could dominate the match today, but we deserve credits for this. We expected a tough game, but it wasn`t that tough at all," the Dutchman told NOS.

"It`s not up to me to say that we were superior to Barca, but we won both games with our own style.

Speaking to Uefa.com after the game, Robben said: "I think it is a terrific performance, it is a little bit of history.

"To perform like this, against a team who have dominated Europe for the past five years, who have so much quality, it is amazing.

"The most important thing is we play as a team, not only going forward but defensively.

"If you want to achieve something and have results and win competitions at a high level you have to defend as a team."

Robben then gave his thoughts on the prospect of an all-German Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.

"[The final] is going to be a big one. Dortmund have proved over last two to three years they are a very good team."

Fellow Bayern winger Franck Ribery was equally impressed with the team`s showing against the Catalans and highlighted their team ethic as the side`s key quality.

"Above all, we all work together. We want to do something together and we showed that tonight," the France international told Canal+.

"We knew that if we defended well, we could score goals.

"Dortmund is a team that is not easy to play against and has a little of our style – it will be a good match.

The France international also expressed his desire to finally get his hands on a Champions League winners medal, having twice been a runner-up.

"I`ve already lost two finals, I do not want to lose a third. We`ll play as we played tonight."

FCB aptain Philipp Lahm explained that he always thought his team was capable of producing a performance like they did against the Liga leaders.

"It’s not taken for granted to beat Barcelona on their home ground 3-0," he said.

"But I’ve always said that we have special characters in our squad and that we are capable of great things."

The Bavarian giants will face Dortmund in the first all-German Champions League final. The match will be held at Wembley on May 25.

Goal.com



First Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 08:38

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