In an interview with FCBayern.com, Arjen Robben covered a variety of topics as he heads into his tenth season with the club, including the initial apprehension he had when considering the move to Bavaria.
Robben was not exactly 100% confident a move to Bayern was the best thing for his career, but it has worked out wonderfully:
After my debut as a pro for Groningen I was at Eindhoven for two years. It was a big step for me in the Netherlands to leave home at the age of 18. I went abroad when I was 20, three years at Chelsea, a big club. Then two years at Madrid. Then Bayern approached me and I made the decision. I was skeptical at the beginning, I didn’t know whether it was the right decision. I can now say: it was the best decision in my career.
When asked about what makes the Bundesliga a special place to play, Robben noted how each team is a difficult draw:
The Bundesliga is still one of the best leagues if you ask me. You could see it during preseason, there were many friendlies against Italian or Spanish teams, and the Bundesliga teams won. Of course people always say England or Spain have the best two leagues, but I think the Bundesliga is still strong. It’s interesting to watch, the number of spectators is outstanding. It’s an interesting league and we have to go full throttle to clinch the title. It’s not as easy as many people say it is. It’ll be another fight this season.
With regard to this week’s opponent, Hoffenheim, Robben showed great respect for the club, but emphasized how important it was for Bayern to start the season on a good note:
I think it’s going to be a very, very difficult match. It’s not going to be a walkover, they’re in incredibly good form. They won against strong teams by high scorelines during preseason, they won their cup match 6-1. They’re a very good team. We have to put up a fight on Friday and be alert from the off, otherwise, it might be an unpleasant evening. We don’t want that, we want to get off to a good start to the Bundesliga.
Of course, the Bundesliga is different, it has 34 matchdays. The feeling is more intense: it really kicks off now! And it’s a bit like a reward for the hard work during preseason. I’m glad it starts again.
Robben is expected to be a steady contributor once again this season as he will feature with Franck Ribery, Kingsley Coman, and Serge Gnabry as the team’s primary wingers.