Robben demands improved showing

EINDHOVEN (Netherlands) • Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich's performances must improve as Robert Lewandowski's two goals secured a 2-1 comeback win at PSV Eindhoven to put them in the Champions League's knock-out phase.

With two games to play, the German giants are guaranteed a place in the top two in Group D following Tuesday's result.

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

Having lost 1-4 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 first-half 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 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 the Dutchman.

The switch paid off as Costa's pass split the PSV defence to allow David Alaba to get in behind to provide the pass for Lewandowski's winner.

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 Madrid is likely to decide who wins the group.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2016, with the headline 'Robben demands improved showing'. Print Edition | Subscribe