Robben: I have to be more selfish again

Arjen Robben feels that he to be more selfish on the pitch in order to find his best form again for Bayern Munich.

The Netherlands international has received his fair share of criticism  in recent years for his individualistic style of play, but the former Real Madrid winger believes his selfishness is what makes him such a dangerous attacker.

“I have to return to the basics. It might sound a bit strange, but I have to become more selfish again,” Robben stated to Voetbal International.

“I have to make individual actions and gain confidence. Just go for it. I had a few moments during pre-season where I thought ‘that’s the old Arjen’.

“I was never really fully at ease in the past few months. I was thinking too much about what I was doing rather than using my intuition.

“My unpredictability is normally my biggest strength. I obviously make a wrong decision every now and then, but that’s part of my game. I never reached top form last year, because I had adapted my game subconsciously.”

Robben is doubtful for Bayern’s Bundesliga game versus Mainz after he picked up a groin injury on international duty with Netherlands.

Robben unlikely to feature against Mainz

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has suffered a thigh injury while on international duty with Netherlands, and was unable to train with the Bavarians on Thursday.

The former Real Madrid winger was forced withdraw from the Oranje starting line-up for the 4-1 win over Hungary on Tuesday due to the injury.

He has since returned to Germany, but sat out training on Thursday and it is not yet clear if he will practise with the squad on Friday, throwing his participation in Saturday’s match with Mainz into doubt.

Should the Dutchman fail to recover in time for the clash, Swiss youngster Xherdan Shaqiri will take his place in attacking midfield.

After failing to win a single trophy last season, Jupp Heynckes’ side will be hoping to continue their current run of form as they look to claim their third win in as many Bundesliga games.

They meet Mainz at 15:30CET at the Allianz Arena.

Athletic will not take legal action over Martinez, says Rummenigge

Bayern Munich general manager Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisted that Athletic Bilbao will not take any legal action against the club regarding the transfer of Javi Martinez.

It had been alleged that the Spain international had travelled to Germany without permission to undergo a medical at the Allianz Arena, much to the displeasure of club president Josu Urrutia.

However, the former West Germany striker is confident that his side will not face any sanctions, and stressed that the Bavarians did not act in an illegal manner.

“Athletic should not retaliate. President Urrutia assured the player and his family that he will not take any legal action,” Rummenigge told Sportbild.

“When a club buys a player for €40 million there must be the right to check if the player is in perfect condition before signing contracts.”

Javi Martinez could make his first start for Bayern Munich as the German side take on Mainz at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Martinez must fight for his place, insists Heynckes

Jupp Heynckes has warned Javi Martinez that he will not be securing a place in the Bayern Munich first team without a fight.

The 24-year-old Spain international moved to the Allianz Arena this summer, signing a five-year contract with the German club, who played a Bundesliga record €40 million fee for his services.

He subsequently made his debut in his new side’s 6-1 home win over Stuttgart, appearing as a late substitute for Bastian Schweinsteiger, but will have to work hard for more playing time.

“He’ll be a huge bonus for us in football terms.” Heynckes told the club’s official website. “He gives us even more quality in midfield, which is a motivating factor for everyone.

“But even Javi will have to play and fight his way into the team based on his performance. Obviously he has my full support, just like all the other players.”

Martinez made 201 appearances at San Mames, scoring 22 goals.  

Dortmund will never catch up with our success, says Bayern president Hoeness

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has dismissed the suggestion that Borussia Dortmund could take the Bavarians’ place as the most popular Bundesliga side outside Germany.

BVB have beaten Bayern to the domestic title two seasons running, but Hoeness believes that their popularity is limited to their own region, as opposed to Bayern’s global brand.

“I do not think that Dortmund have passed us marketing wise. Dortmund are more of a regional thing whereas Bayern Munich are a global brand,” Hoeness was quoted as saying by Bild.

“When you walk the boulevard in Beijing and ask a random person to name a German football club, the answer will always be Bayern Munich and not Borussia Dortmund.

“Dortmund will never be able to catch up with the incredible successes we have achieved in the past 30 years and the tradition that comes with it.

“If Dortmund are to be more popular than Bayern worldwide, they need to win at least 10 more consecutive Bundesliga titles.”

Dortmund have won eight Bundesliga titles to date, but that is dwarfed by Bayern’s tally of 22.