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Robben happy to be left on bench against Hoffenheim

Dutchman says he's happy to be left on bench despite his fine goal against Dortmund midweek

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 March, 2013, 5:40am

Dutch star Arjen Robben is prepared to return to Bayern Munich's bench for tomorrow's Bundesliga match at Hoffenheim even though his thunderbolt in midweek knocked holders Dortmund out of the German Cup.

Robben's first-half strike clocked 115km/h when it hit the net to give Bayern a 1-0 home win over the holders in the quarter-final of the German Cup.

It broke Bayern's six-game winless streak against Dortmund in the league and cup with Robben claiming his third goal in the past four games ahead of tomorrow's trip to south-west Germany to face struggling Hoffenheim.

With France star Franck Ribery available after his cup suspension, Robben said he was happy to go back to the bench if coach Jupp Heynckes opted to leave him there for a game that will see Hoffenheim chase a first win over Bayern in 10 attempts.

"I'm waiting quietly to hear who'll play, we all depend on the coach - ultimately it's his decision," said Robben. "The goal was good for me, but it wasn't just me it helped.

The situation is complicated, I haven't just been left on the bench, I had a few injuries last year, which had nothing to do with the quality of my football

"I feel and know that I am on the right path.

"The situation is complicated, I haven't just been left on the bench, I had a few injuries last year, which had nothing to do with the quality of my football."

While Bayern president Uli Hoeness proudly boasted the Bavarians had proved they are "back on top and the best team in Germany" after beating Dortmund, it is now back to business at Hoffenheim.

With Dortmund out, Bayern are firm favourites to lift the German Cup in the final on June 1 and are 17 points clear of the defending champions atop the Bundesliga.

They are also still in the frame to become the first German team to win an historic treble after impressive displays in the Champions League including the 3-1 win at Arsenal in the first leg of their last 16 clash.

While Bayern are chasing their 20th league win from 24 games so far this season, Hoffenheim have just four Bundesliga victories to their credit and lie second from bottom.

Hoffenheim have won only one of their past 13 games while Bayern are on a nine-game winning run.

"Perhaps this is the right time for our team to play this game," said Hoffenheim general manager Andreas Muller. "It's a good chance to test ourselves against the best team in Europe, but three points are still at stake."


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