Robben wants more

> … as Bay­ern make last 16 with a win against PSV

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AR­JEN ROBBEN says Bay­ern Mu­nich’s per­for­mances must im­prove as Robert Le­wandowski’s two goals res­cued a 2-1 come-back win at PSV Eind­hoven to put them in the Cham­pi­ons League’s knock­out phase.

With two games still to play, Bay­ern are guar­an­teed a place in the top two in Group D fol­low­ing yes­ter­day’s re­sult in Eind­hoven.

Poland hot-shot Le­wandowski could have scored five goals, hav­ing also hit the wood­work on three oc­ca­sions.

Hav­ing lost 4-1 away in Mu­nich a fort­night ago, PSV took a shock lead when San­ti­ago Arias headed the hosts ahead in­side the open­ing quar­ter of an hour.

But Le­wandowski con­verted a firsthalf penalty, then claimed the win­ner 16 min­utes from time to dig Bay­ern out of trou­ble.

“It was not a good game from us to­day,” fumed Bay­ern’s Robben, who was mak­ing his first re­turn to Eind­hoven in a Euro­pean game, 14 years af­ter mak­ing his Cham­pi­ons League de­but for PSV.

“It is just as well that we have qual­i­fied, but if we play like that in last 16, then we will have prob­lems. We played with­out con­vic­tion, were much too slow.

“I looked for com­bi­na­tions with Thomas (Muller) and Philipp (Lahm), but it was dif­fi­cult. We must do bet­ter, we were miss­ing some­thing and we fail to im­pose our­selves.”

With 25 min­utes left, Bay­ern coach Carlo Ancelotti in­jected some pace by bring­ing on wingers Dou­glas Costa and Kings­ley Co­man for Robben and Joshua Kim­mich.

It was not the re­turn to Eind­hoven Robben had wanted.

“Such a game is unique for me, of course you want to play 90 min­utes, so I was dis­ap­pointed and sad about the sub­sti­tu­tion, but the coach has his rea­sons,” said Bay­ern’s Dutch­man.

Nev­er­the­less, the switch paid off as Costa’s su­perb pass split the Eind­hoven de­fence to al­low Alaba to get in be­hind to pro­vide the su­perb pass for Le­wandowski’s win­ner.

“I tried to change the sys­tem to play with two wingers and open some space,” ex­plained Ancelotti.

“We did that and Le­wandowksi scored. It was dif­fi­cult at the start, but slowly we worked our way back into the game and got there in the end.

“We thought it was im­por­tant to avoid counter at­tacks. We started to play quicker in the sec­ond half and cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties. It was im­por­tant that we didn’t lose our con­fi­dence.”

Dutch cham­pi­ons PSV’s slim chances of qual­i­fy­ing are over with Phillip Cocu’s side third in the sec­tion and eight points adrift of Bay­ern.

Bay­ern’s home clash on Dec 6 against Atletico – who are also through af­ter beat­ing Ros­tov 2-1 – is likely to de­cide who wins the group.

“It was a painstak­ing start to the game, but we came back step by step and de­served the win,” added Ancelotti.

“It was im­por­tant that we did not lose our self-con­fi­dence af­ter it went 1-1. We still have two games to reach first place. This is im­por­tant, but qual­i­fy­ing was more im­por­tant.” – AFP

Bay­ern Mu­nich’s Robert Le­wandowski (2nd-L) cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter scor­ing against PSV Eind­hoven dur­ing their UEFA Cham­pi­ons League group D match at the Philips Sta­dium in Eind­hoven yes­ter­day. –

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