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Frustrated fans whistle at players after Bayern Munich's 3-3 draw against Fortuna Düsseldorf

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Arjen Robben understands that the fans felt let down. But he is confident that they and the team will climb out of this difficult phase together.

20 November 2018, Bavaria, München: Arjen Robben from FC Bayern Munich plays the ball during a training session on the training ground at Säbener Straße. Photo by Matthias Balk/picture alliance via Getty Images

Bayern Munich’s disappointing run in the Bundesliga just got worse as they failed to collect three points from their home match against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday. Niklas Süle’s opener and Thomas Müller’s brace were cancelled out by Dodi Lukebakio’s hat-trick. Niko Kovač was hoping for a better start after the international break, but it didn’t quite work out.

The fans were extremely frustrated after the match. The players were accompanied by shrill whistles from the fans, who were disappointed by the team’s performance. It is no wonder that some fans were angry after the match because, of course. It was not the kind of performance people expected from the Bavarians against Düsseldorf. And that’s exactly what Arjen Robben thinks as well. He told AZ that the fans have the right to feel frustrated about the team’s performance:

There were two reactions. First they whistled and were upset. They had to release their frustration. After that they clapped. That’s OK, because things then go on. That’s how it has to be. Today everyone can curse and be upset, but tomorrow life goes on. It goes on. When you’re not successful, you have to get up and keep on going.

Bayern will face Benfica Lisbon in the Champions League on Tuesday and the Dutchman has a message for the whole team. When a big club like Bayern falls down, they can’t stay on the ground. They have to get up and get going:

We have to win! That’s the all-important thing right now. When you’re a big club and you’ve been knocked down, you have to stand up and show strength. Show how you really are. That’s the only message. You have to pull yourself together. We have to look inside, each one of us, and also as a team.

Robben thinks that it’s okay that the fans are angry about Saturday’s results but he asks them to keep supporting:

They’re disappointed and pissed off, but despite that we need the support. I’m Sie sind enttäuscht und stinksauer, trotzdem brauchen wir die Unterstützung, I’m certain that they’ll continue to support us. We have to get out of this difficult phase together.

With a 3-3 draw against Düsseldorf, Bayern is currently 5th in the league table — 9 points behind Borussia Dortmund.