Robben: Madrid tactics surprised me

The Dutchman says he did not expect Carlo Ancelotti’s side to sit back as much in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and is eyeing a special night in the return

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben says he was taken aback by Real Madrid’s defensive approach when the two sides met last week.

Karim Benzema gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side a vital 1-0 first-leg lead in the Champions League semi-final as the Bavarians struggled to break down a stubborn Madrid defence.

The Dutchman has admitted that he expected the Spanish outfit to be more adventurous but is confident his side can make amends at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

“We were all surprised about their defensive play in Madrid,” he said at a press conference.

“We have to focus on playing offensively and scoring goals but we also have to take care of their counterattacks. We are all motivated enough. We know Madrid want the ‘Decima’.

“We are still hungry and we know we can write history with this team so we are as motivated as they are. The two teams have great aims.

“It won’t be any easier for us if [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Gareth] Bale are playing from the beginning. It is clear they will have lots of confidence because of the result in Madrid but they know it won’t be easy here.

“The Allianz Arena will be on fire. We will give everything. We need our fans and the support. All 11 players on the pitch and seven on the bench will give everything. We have lots of confidence for the game tomorrow.

“We have to play with confidence. We scored three goals against Manchester United. Last year we scored four against Barcelona.

“We have had some weeks where we haven’t played the best games but we still have a really good feeling about tomorrow. Now we have to reward ourselves tomorrow because we really played a great season so far.”

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