Football: Robben surprised by 'easy' Bayern win over Man City
MANCHESTER (AFP) - Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben claimed he and his team-mates were taken aback by the straightforward nature of their 3-1 win at Manchester City in the Champions League.
The defending champions produced a masterful display at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, scoring through Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Robben before Alvaro Negredo claimed a late consolation goal for the home side.
"The first 70 minutes we played some terrific football," said Robben, who has now scored in five successive Champions League games, including the decisive goal against Borussia Dortmund in last season's final.
"We were so dominant against a big team in Europe. We didn't expect an easy game like that. It is a compliment to our team, but we expected more from City.
"We didn't give them any space, we pressed them right up to the goalkeeper, and they just kicked it away. Sometimes they gave us too much space and we used the space well.
"City weren't as organised defensively as we had expected, but there were some attacks of ours that simply were fantastically executed.
"When things go your way like that, it's a lot of fun out on the pitch, especially against a quality team like City."
Bayern's victory gave Pep Guardiola's side a three-point lead over City and third-place CSKA Moscow at the top of Group D, ahead of a home game with Czech champions Viktoria Pilsen later this month.