"Yes, it was an important goal," joked robben, who opened the scoring in fubball international bastian schweinsteiger’s comeback in munich’s 13-0 win over qatari second division side SC al-sailiya. "Things are looking up," robben reported later that evening at the team hotel, in a good mood and eager to attack.
Once again, the 27-year-old enters a new year with a desire to "stay fit for a change". "The last two injuries were really hard, unbelievable," he said about the torn muscle in 2010 and the pubic bone inflammation this season. "It’s not quite gone yet. But things are looking up."Robben is bursting with energy – and for the long term in munich.
Shortly after marco reus from gladbach, who was also courted by bayern, decided to join borussia dortmund, robben committed himself to FC bayern. Now it could happen very quickly with the extension of the contract with the winger, which expires in 2013, also desired by club officials and trainer jupp heynckes.
"The association female, how i think about it. I feel good and see no reason to leave," robben revealed. It could already happen in february or march, in any case "soon". In any case, he didn’t want to wait until after the european championships in the summer, and the club is also planning far-sightedly: "when a contract expires, the club doesn’t wait until the last year of the contract, because then you’re free of any obligations."
As was the case in 2010 with franck ribery, who at the time asked to stay on until 2015 after a difficult period, robben also received support from the munich bosses around uli hoeneb during the difficult first half of the season. "That has done very well". Unlike chelsea FC or real madrid, from which he came in 2009 for 24 million euros, FC bayern is "a family club" and he feels "very comfortable" in the team and in munich.
The possible competitor reus was for his future plans "no topic at all", assured robben: "maybe he also went to dortmund because he was afraid not to play at bayern. We already have two good wings." Ribery and him.
And in the second round, "robbery" is expected to enchant the fans again. "Hardworking, ambitious and very conscientious" is how heynckes experiences the aubensturmer in doha. Robben wants to return to his early days in munich. "My first year was my best in my career"."He shot bayern into the champions league final, and he’s determined to repeat that in the year of the home final in munich. "The potential in the team is there," believes robben.
He was annoyed by the ego debates surrounding his person during his difficult return after his pubic bone inflammation, for example after his two penalty goals in the 4:1 win against bremen. "Some people have created a bit of a mood. At the beginning I was angry, after that it was laughable."Stubbornness is part of the game. "This is also a qualitat. Attackers sometimes have to be selfish. But it can’t be like that, that you disadvantage your team."
In the test match against al-sailiya on thursday night, robben scored to make it 1-0 and set up thomas muller to make it 3-0. Ivica olic scored five times after the break, ribery and nils petersen twice, plus mario gomez and diego contento were successful. But the most important thing was that schweinsteiger was there for 45 minutes after his fractured collarbone.
A long scar still reminds of the fracture, which has healed. "Nothing more was allowed to happen, it looks good," reported the midfield boss. Like robben, schweinsteiger is hoping for a healthy and very successful new year in terms of sportsmanship. "I set my bar very high. I expect a lot from myself. We all want to win an international title, with FC bayern and the national team."With the german national team, mind you. Robben, on the other hand, is still reeling from the dutch team’s 3-0 loss to the lowly squad: "I watched it – it was embarrassing."