Robben warns Guardiola: Don't start rotating me

The Dutch winger says he benefits from a rhythm which comes from regular playing time and praised his coach for being the best tactical-minded boss in modern football


Arjen Robben has warned Pep Guardiola not to start rotating him as he believes his best form for Bayern Munich comes with consistent game-time.

The Dutch winger, 30, has been in arguably the form of his life during the past 18 months, having scored the winner in the 2012-13 Champions League final before leading Bayern to four trophies last season and Netherlands to third place at the World Cup.

However, competition for places in the Bayern set-up is strong with Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and Xherdan Shaqiri all capable of playing out wide for Guardiola.

The former Barcelona boss felt his players were suffering from fatigue in their narrow win over Hertha Berlin but Robben is adamant that he does not need to be rested from first-team duties.

“Rotation is be for me,” he told Kicker. “I need this constant rhythm, I grow stronger and my flow comes from playing all of the time.

“I just need a break in between games, however, as that helps the mind and body recover.”

Guardiola’s side have soared clear in the Bundesliga title race this season after claiming the prize in record time in 2013-14, and Robben is eager to stay with the club as long as possible in order to work with the man he believes to be football’s best tactician.

“Guardiola, for me, is tactically the best in the world,” Robben added. “He is a perfectionist.

“The advantage this season is that we no longer have to get used to each other us. This season we have improved in possession and we have more peace of mind.

“Guardiola works very hard, he prepares us superbly. Guardiola understands where spaces in the field open up. That’s what he had as a player, too.

“My contract is valid until 2017 and as long as he’s here I want to work with him.”

Bayern face third-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday as they look to maintain their seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

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