Bayern Munich are in desperate need of a win to try and shake their rut of form that’s stretched to four consecutive matches without a win across all competitions. Despite their frustrating run, midfielder Arjen Robben remains confident his side can quickly turn their fortunes around and get back on the right track. The Dutchman enjoyed a bright start to the season, having scored three goals in the league, and providing an assist in Bayern’s 1-1 draw with Ajax in the Champions League.
Speaking to Kicker (via Sport Bild), Robben professed his confidence that Bayern can bounce back after the 3-0 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach, making reference to difficult times the club has overcome in the past:
In my nine years (at Bayern), I can only remember one such disaster: the 0-4 versus Real Madrid in 2014.
Robben noted how many people had hoped precisely for Bayern to stumble:
I think the situation is super. That’s what everyone wants... A few years ago, everything was still supposedly so boring with Bayern.
The depth and quality that Bayern possess, however, as Robben explained, is more than enough to right the ship. Robben argued that everyone in the squad just should not overthink the poor results of recent weeks:
We have to try to get our heads clear and have fun with one another. If you make the last few games out to be bigger than they are, you talk yourself into a crisis. I’m of the firm conviction that it comes down to little things.
The 34-year-old also went on to fully back under fire manager Niko Kovac, who’s received a great deal of criticism during Bayern’s run of winless matches.
Robben has looked particularly irritated with the coaching staff in practice during the international break, but he described Kovac as a “winning kind of guy,” “ambitious,” and said that he’s working on finding ways for the team to collectively play better:
He’s now looking for ways for us to play soccer better. We need a winning streak; that’s what we’re working for. Hopefully, everyone comes back healthy from the national team. We don’t have much time.
Robben also sees Bayern’s rough patch as a bit of a blessing in disguise (Kicker), in the sense that stiff competition at the top of the table from their opponents forces a stronger response from the players in the squad:
[Borussia] Dortmund is a major opponent. As for the others, we’ll see how long they can keep up. I’d prefer it if everything wasn’t black and white in soccer, but rather people could see there are many shades in between. Not everything is great when you win all your games and not everything is bad when it doesn’t work sometimes. We have to dominate our opponents again. We need passion, more movement, and surprise.