The last piece of the attacking puzzle for Carlo Ancelotti has fallen into place as Arjen Robben returned to team training on Thursday. The Dutch winger has been absent from the team for two months after picking up a thigh injury in Bayern Munich’s very first preseason friendly. Robben was only expected to miss a few weeks, but his injury has dragged on costing him the entire preseason as well as the first month of the season.
Robben’s return adds to the incredible depth Carlo Ancelotti has in the attacking phase. From relying on Julian Green for depth, Ancelotti has gotten Douglas Costa, Kingsley Coman, and now Arjen Robben all back in the last week. This allows the team immense breathing room behind Franck Ribery and Thomas Müller, not to mention a larger degree of tactical versatility.
This couldn’t come at a better time as Bayern are going into a run that sees them play five games over the next 15 days, including an important midweek Bundesliga match against Hertha BSC as well the all Champions League group stage match away to Atletico Madrid.