The Dutch winger has been impressed with the Giallorossi’s performances so far this season and believes Rudi Garcia’s men are Bayern’s “toughest rivals” in Group E
Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich will be going up against the best footballing side in Italy when they face Roma in a crucial Champions League clash at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.
The Giallorossi currently sit second in Serie A, one point behind reigning champions Juventus, whom Rudi Garcia’s men were beaten by a fortnight ago.
However, Roma were desperately unfortunate to lose in Turin and have also impressed in Europe, routing CSKA Moscow 5-1 on matchday one before earning a fully deserved draw at Manchester City last time out.
Consequently, Robben is expecting a fearsome battle when Bayern collide with the Giallorossi in the Italian capital.
“Roma are our toughest rivals at the moment,” the Netherlands international told reporters on Monday. “They’re playing the best football in Italy at the present time.”
Bayern strengthened their squad with the signing of Mehdi Benatia during the off-season and Robben says that the Roma man has fitted perfectly into Pep Guardiola’s side.
“He is a really good defender, exactly what we needed,” the winger enthused. “He will help us a lot.”
Meanwhile, Robben’s team-mate Thomas Muller is excited by the prospect of going up against Roma icon Francesco Totti, who became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history when he netted in the 1-1 draw at City, aged 38.
“Totti is not just a legend in Rome,” the Germany international explained. “His loyalty to Roma is remarkable. I take my hat off to him for that.
“Nevertheless we want to win against him. We want to reach the knockout stage as fast as we can.
“And, as a forward, you relish playing a team who are unlikely to pull all 11 men back to their own penalty area!”
Roma sit second in Group E, one point behind Bayern, who are on a five-game winning streak in all competitions.