The Dutch winger has stressed that he has added variation to his game, and insisted that he is not thinking about retiring any time soon
Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben has insisted that there is more to his game than his trademark move where he cuts inside from the right before unleashing a left-footed shot.
The 31-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best attackers in the game today, having inspired his club to a historic treble in 2013 before then playing a key role in Netherlands’ third-place finish at last year’s World Cup.
Some critics have suggested, though, that the Netherlands international is somewhat one-dimensional, given his predilection for cutting inside onto his preferred left foot, and that he should, therefore, be easy to defend against.
However, Robben has rubbished such claims, telling the official Bundesliga magazine: “Defenders cannot predict what I am going to do. That is the great thing about football. Every situation is different.
“It is very important that your actions always have an element of surprise. You only make things easy for your opponent when you always do the same thing.
“I have added a certain variation to my game. I will not cut inside all the time, but I will not try to pass my opponent on the outside all the time, either.
“I always try to attack my direct opponent and then look at how he reacts. From there on, I do everything on intuition.”
The Dutchman then went on to praise Bayern boss Pep Guardiola and stressed that the former Barcelona coach has added more weapons to Bayern’s arsenal.
“We can vary our game even more under him,” Robben stated. “We can play a number of formations.
“That means every player has to be able to play in a position that is not his natural position, too. That can only make you more flexible as a player. It gives you a new challenge.”
Robben also briefly discussed his plans for the future and insisted he is not thinking about retiring just yet.
“I will keep playing so long as I am feeling physically well and still enjoy myself out there,” the former Real Madrid winger added.
“I don’t care whether that’s two more years, four more years or perhaps even eight. I am 31 at the moment and I am confident I have a few more years ahead of me.”