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"Big Game Choker" no more, Arjen Robben continue to shine for Bayern Munich

Arjen Robben seems like he's getting better with age.

Adam Pretty
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Robben was the steady light in what was a rather strange season for Bayern. The biggest praise I can perhaps offer Robben is that I never once remember complaining about the Dutchman's behavior, absence, or form during the season. It's something that I have done in previous seasons in light of injuries, glorious misses in big games (pre 2013) and fights with fellow players.

Touches/90 Pass % Back Zone Pass % Forward Zone Pass %
82.25 82% 91% 76%

Among his many stellar performances, I would like to pick out three - Manchester City in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League, Manchester United in the quarterfinal second leg of the UEFA Champions League and Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal final. Against City, he tormented the Blues' defense and eventually got on the score sheet. He was needed desperately against United, and he delivered, helping Bayern come back from 0-1 down to win 3-1. Against Dortmund, especially in the absence of Mario Mandzukic, he became Bayern's largest threat and eventually scored the goal which broke Dortmund hearts.

Shots/90 KP+Assists/90 Duel % Aerial Duel %
5.01 2.69 51% 47%

In recent months, talks have been going on amongst the fans about who they see as Franck Ribery's natural successor at Bayern. No such conversations have come up about Robben because the Dutchman has simply matured with age; he has not lost his speed but he has lost the moniker of "big game choker".

Tackles/90 Int/90 Recoveries/90 Clearances/90
0.48 0.3 2.27 0.05

The "one trick pony" continues to produce that very trick almost every match with success. Also, he has adapted well under Pep Guardiola, a coach many supposed he would not agree with.

There is really nothing I can see Robben improve. He is doing very well in every department. I hope he returns from Brazil unscathed. If, today, I had to bet on Robben scoring twice against Spain in a World Cup final after receiving two one-on-one chances with Iker Casillas at his mercy, I would have done so with much more ease and belief than before.

Grade 2013-2014: A

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