Robben ready to enjoy Eindhoven challenge

BERLIN • Arjen Robben is relishing his return to PSV Eindhoven, 14 years after his Champions League debut, with Bayern Munich hunting a win to take them closer to the knock-out stages.

Robben, 32, was outstanding in the 3-1 win at Augsburg on Saturday as he netted and provided both assists for Robert Lewandowski's goals in a win which kept the Bavarian giants two points clear in Germany's top flight.

Robben joined PSV as an 18-year-old, scoring 21 goals in 75 games, and made his Champions League debut for the Dutch club in October 2002.

Now, after 90 Champions League games and 14 years, including time spent with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern, Robben will make his first return to the Netherlands for a European game.

"I will simply enjoy the evening in Eindhoven and hopefully we'll play well," said the Dutch winger. "We simply have to win and we still want to be first in the group."

Bayern will be all business and are eager to complete the double, having beaten Eindhoven 4-1 in Munich a fortnight ago.

Bottom side PSV need a victory to maintain their fading hopes of reaching the knock-out stages.

The Bavarians, still smarting from their 0-1 loss at Atletico Madrid in their second group game, will secure qualification to the last 16 if they beat PSV and Atletico avoid defeat at home to Rostov in the other Group D fixture.

PSV have not won any of their last five fixtures in the Champions League, including last season, and have failed to score in their last two home European fixtures.



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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 01, 2016, with the headline 'Robben ready to enjoy Eindhoven challenge'. Print Edition | Subscribe