Berlin - Arjen Robben is relishing his return to PSV
Eindhoven, 14 years after his Champions League debut, with Bayern Munich
hunting a win to take them closer to the knock-out stages.
Eindhoven host Bayern at PSV's Philips Stadium on Tuesday.
Robben, 32, was outstanding in Bayern's 3-1 win at Augsburg
on Saturday as he netted and provided both assists for Robert Lewandowski's
goals in a win which kept the Bavarian giants two points clear in Germany's top
Robben joined Eindhoven as an 18-year-old, scoring 21 goals
in 75 games for PSV, for whom he made his Champions League debut in October
Now, after 90 Champions League games and 14 years, which has
seen him also play for Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern, Robben will make his
first return to Holland for a European game.
"It's going to be the first time since I started
playing abroad that I will be playing a Champions League game in Holland, and
then against my former club," said the Dutch winger.
"I will simply enjoy the evening in Eindhoven and
hopefully we'll play well.
"We simply have to win and we still want to be first in
Pleasantries aside, Bayern will be all business and are
eager to complete the double having beaten Eindhoven 4-1 in Munich a fortnight
Thomas Mueller, Joshua Kimmich, Lewandowski and Robben all
scored for the hosts while Luciano Narsingh netted PSV's goal.
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Bottom side Eindhoven need a victory to maintain their
fading hopes of reaching the knock-out stages.
The Bavarian giants are smarting since their 1-0 defeat at
Atletico Madrid in their second group game means they still lag three points
behind their Spanish rivals.
Bayern will secure qualification to the last 16 if they beat
PSV and Atletico avoid defeat at home to Rostov in the other Group D fixture.
PSV are bottom of the table and have not won any of their
last five fixtures in the Champions League, including last season, and have
failed to score in their last two home European fixtures.
Bayern have a ropey away record with just two wins on the
road in their last 11 away Champions League matches with three draws and six
The Bavarian giants broke a three-match winless streak when
they routed Eindhoven a fortnight ago and then earned back-to-back wins over
Augsburg in the German Cup, then the league.
But chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says they must keep up
the standards, especially with their showdown against Atletico looming in
Munich on December 6.
"We're not through yet, but we want to be first,"
said the Bayern boss.
"So accordingly, we will have to play just as well in
Eindhoven to get the three points."
Bayern have both defender Javin Martinez and Franck Ribery
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