Munich - 56 games after his last appearance, Arjen Robben is back with a bang. After scoring the opening goal in FC Bayern München's 4-0 win over 1. FC Köln on Matchday 10, the Dutchman has plenty of reasons to be cheerful.
While Bayern wrote history with their 1,000th ever Bundesliga win, Robben himself notched up a different milestone, scoring his 75th goal in 131 Bundesliga appearances. After the final whistle, the Dutchman spoke to the assembled media about Bayern's record-breaking win, the end of his injury nightmare and a difficult upcoming game in the DFB Pokal...
Question: Arjen Robben congratulations on a sensational comeback. You said before the game that you felt good - did you expect to make such a great return?
Arjen Robben: "You always have to wait and see. I was very happy to be back on the pitch. I think I was surprisingly good right from the start, but I have been training well and I felt good. To score the first goal was a nice reward for the hard work I've put in. When you win 4-0, the day is even better."
Question: You celebrated by waving at somebody in the stands. Who was it?
Robben: "My brother-in-law and his football team had travelled all the way from Groningen to watch the game. It's a long way to come, so it was nice for them to be there. My family was there too. They've always supported me when it's been difficult, so it's even better when they are there to see me do well like I did today."
Question: How difficult was it not to be playing in the last few weeks?
Robben: "Only being able to watch is the hardest thing for any footballer. You have to try and put all your positive energy into your recovery. I put everything in and worked very hard. Credit to everyone who supported me. I did it. I'm back!"
Question: Bayern seem to work brilliantly no matter who they have on the pitch. Is that the key to the team's success?
Robben: "That's a great testament to the training staff. They always make sure we're well prepared. It's also about the players, though. If individual players aren't playing, they're still ready to go at every opportunity. We train very well, and that's very important when you have to play so many games per season. We've now got three games in seven days, and you need a lot of manpower for that. You can't do it with just 11 players."
Question: Was the team more concentrated after the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal?
Robben: "The mental strength of this team is fantastic. We always try to do our best. It doesn't always work out, and it's always possible that things go badly like they did against Arsenal. But we have to learn from that and keep improving things."
Question: Have Bayern become even better at playing in limited space?
Robben: "In that respect, today's game was a highlight. Köln were sitting very deep, it was almost like the way they defend in handball. But that doesn't matter. Köln have to choose their own tactics, and we have to find a solution. Even when there's very little space, we still get chances, we just have to use them."
Question: The win against Köln was Bayern's 1,000th in the Bundesliga. What does the record mean to you?
Robben: "For me, and I think for all the other players too, it's not about records, it's about winning titles. And you win titles at the end of the season. Let's stay calm and carry on. It's important to keep both feet on the ground. There's always the next game, and we have a very difficult one coming up this week."
Question: How do you approach Tuesday's DFB Pokal tie against the holders Wolfsburg?
Robben: "It's a top game, and it will be played at a very high level, just like the Champions League. It may only be the second round of the cup, but we have to be ready. If you win, you're through, but if you lose, you're out. We can't afford to make any errors against a team as good as Wolfsburg. We didn't have much luck with the draw."
Maximilian Lotz reporting from Munich