Robben: Wolfsburg ravaging a wake-up call for Bayern

The Dutch winger believes that last week’s 4-1 hammering at the Volkswagen Arena was a blessing in disguise for the Bundesliga leaders

Arjen Robben has stressed that Bayern Munich’s ravaging at the hands of Wolfsburg was the wake-up call that the German champions needed.

The Bundesliga table-toppers were smashed 4-1 by their closest challengers in their first game back after the winter break.

Pep Guardiola’s men were then surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw at home to Schalke, although they played with 10 men for much of the match due to Jerome Boateng being sent off early on.

However, Robben insists that there is no cause for concern at the Allianz Arena, claiming their capitulation at Wolfsburg was a blessing in disguise.

“There’s no reason for Bayern to panic at all,” the 31-year-old told the Bundesliga’s official website. “Yes, we received a savage beating at Wolfsburg, where we were punished for our mistakes and admittedly to blame.

“But we analysed the details of this defeat. It was a good wake up call. After matchday 19, our lead is still eight points on Wolfsburg.

“I’m staying calm and I’m optimistic about the coming weeks, although we must be critical of ourselves and be careful of complacency.”

Robben also discussed Saturday’s clash with strugglers Stuttgart, who are just two points above rock-bottom Borussia Dortmund, and the Netherlands forward stressed that the opposition will not be pushovers.

“We are aware that again a difficult task awaits us against Stuttgart,” the Netherlands international added. “Although they are near the bottom of the table, they’re potentially even more dangerous because they urgently need points.

“Even if we had won our first two games back, we would not travel with a broad chest to Stuttgart, then it would be just as difficult.

“From the first minute, we’ll be wide awake and have to go full throttle to get our first competitive win of the calendar year. We have struggled in the past at the Mercedes Benz Arena. We have been warned.”

Bayern’s visit to Stuttgart kicks off at 15:30CET on Saturday.

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