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back Champions League | 18.09.2013 10:47:26

Robben: "I could see it in his eyes"

  • Arjen Robben claims FC Bayern München are taking one game at a time following their 3-0 UEFA Champions League victory over PFC CSKA Moskva
  • David Alaba (c.) opened the scoring for the Bavarians with a superb free-kick inside the first five minutes
  • Mario Mandzukic doubled Bayern's lead before Robben (3rd r.) got in on the act himself to seal victory for the current holders

Munich - Pep Guardiola could hardly have wished for a better start to his first UEFA Champions League campaign as FC Bayern München head coach, as last season's quadruple winners comfortably beat PFC CSKA Moskva 3-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Nevertheless, Arjen Robben insisted the Bavarians will not be getting ahead of themselves in their quest to become the competition's first back-to-back champions.

Not thinking about Lisbon


“There's no need to talk about titles or reaching the final right now,” said the 29-year-old, who scored the Rekordmeister's third goal in a routine victory over the Russian champions on Tuesday evening.

“We just have to focus on ourselves and concentrate on doing our own thing," the Dutchman continued. "We have to get past the group stage first, then we’ll take it from there. We’re still work in progress and we can still improve.”

Alaba praise


Robben was full of praise for team-mate David Alaba following another fine performance from the youngster at the Allianz Arena. The Austrian, who opened the scoring with a sublime free-kick inside the first five minutes of the match, set up Robben with an audacious scooped pass over the top of the Moskva defence for Bayern's final goal.

“I had an understanding with David," said Robben, who memorably netted the winner in last season's final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. "I could see in his eyes that the ball was coming my way. It was a great pass - all I had to do was stay calm and put it away.”

Confident ahead of Schalke clash


This latest victory means Guardiola's charges can now go into Saturday evening's encounter with FC Schalke 04 in buoyant mood. The Royal Blues have won two Bundesliga matches on the trot, but Robben believes Bayern can maintain their own recent run at the Veltins-Arena.

"At the moment we’re in good form and we have to keep that up," the winger said. "We now have a chance to go on a run, improve and work on certain things. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to pick up points and win matches.”

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