Robben 'ready' for Chelsea showdown
Bayern Munich's Dutch winger Arjen Robben says he is ready to face Chelsea in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final despite sitting out training earlier in the week with a cold.
With Bayern to host Chelsea at Munich's Allianz Arena on Saturday, the 28-year-old was back in training on Thursday after missing two days earlier in the week. "I just had a bit of a cold, but I just wanted to make sure I didn't waste my energy," Robben said.
On Thursday, Robben took part in a 45-minute training session and said he would have to be bed-bound to miss the final against his former club. "Only a fever of over 40 degrees would keep me away from the pitch," said the Dutchman.
"I feel good. It's the biggest game of the season for all of us. We're ready and we're mentally well-prepared, because there's only one more prize up for grabs this season."
After Bayern were hammered 5-2 by Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in last Saturday's DFB-Pokal final, Robben issued a rallying cry to his team-mates. "We need to exude optimism and our body language has to confirm that," he said. "It's an honour to be part of this. There's no other topic of conversation in the town. There are posters everywhere, and there's news of nothing else on radio and TV. It's a fantastic feeling."
Having played for the Blues from 2004 to 2007, Robben said he was looking forward to facing his former club. "I had a fantastic time there. I'm always delighted when they do well," he said. "They've made it as far as the semi-finals in six of the last nine seasons. This is the last chance for many of the older players. They'll be really fired up. I'm expecting them to come here and defend."
Bayern have a strong home record in this season's Champions League with seven wins from seven. "We've shown we're one of the best teams in Europe, hopefully, by Saturday night, we can say we're the best," added Robben.
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