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Robben Hails Bayern Tactics in Roma Thrashing

  • UEFA.com, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:38 PM

Bayern Munich’s 7-1 demolition of AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night—which broke the record for the biggest-ever away victory in UEFA Champions League history—seemed to take Bayern winger Arjen Robben by surprise: “Afterwards it's always easy to talk,” the Dutchman, who scored twice in the game, began. “I'm still convinced Roma have a very good team – they've shown that this season – but we should pay a big compliment to us, to all the players, but also to the coaching staff who prepared this game in the way we played, the way we created chances and scored goals. There were some great goals tonight.”

Robben noted that tactics were the key to victory but he refused to reveal how coach Pep Guardiola had set up the team to play. “I've never really experienced anything like this, especially not against a good team because Roma have a great team…but we really controlled the game and dominated,” he added.

Guardiola, meanwhile, dismissed the comprehensive victory as “an accident,” saying: “If you let them play, Roma are very dangerous. We will play against Roma in two weeks and it will be a different game: today is like an accident. The result is not a measure of the difference in quality between us and them.”

For Roma coach Rudi Garcia, “it was a tactical disaster.” He added: “We let Bayern play and they're a very strong team. It was my mistake, not the players'. Losing against Bayern is always a possibility, because they win almost every game they play, but doing so like this really hurts. We were below par when we had to be on top form. The responsibility is mine because I had the wrong attitude and strategy. The only good thing is that there was a draw in Moscow in the other game so we are still second – everything is still possible.”

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