The Dutchman was unimpressed by the Russians’ tactics during the Group E game at Arena Khimki and also admitted that the absence of a crowd was “not nice”
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has described Tuesday night’s Champions League win at CSKA Moscow as “easy”, accusing the hosts of only trying to defend.
The hosts hit the crossbar during the Group E clash in the Russian capital, while Manuel Neuer also pulled off a fine stop to deny Ahmed Musa.
However, Robben insists it was the most routine of victories for Bayern, who enjoyed 73 per cent possession and claimed all three points thanks to Thomas Muller’s penalty midway through the first half.
“We can be very happy – it was easy,” the Netherlands international told reporters after the game.
“One team only tried to defend and the other team wanted to attack.
“One goal was decisive today and we are very happy with the win and the three points.”
Robben admitted, though, that he did not enjoy the experience of playing in a near-empty Arena Khimki, with the game having been played behind closed doors due to Uefa-imposed sanctions relating to the display of “a range of racist and right-wing symbols” by CSKA fans during a game against Viktoria Plzen last year.
“It was not nice,” the Dutch attacker lamented. “Football should be for the fans.
“But you have to be professional and you have to play the game.”