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Robben thrilled with improved form

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 31 Mar 2013

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Arjen Robben says he is ‘in top form’ again after starring in Bayern Munich’s emphatic 9-2 Bundesliga victory over Hamburg on Saturday.

Although the Bavarians were not crowned champions, with Borussia Dortmund defeating Stuttgart, they did cruise to a massive win at the Allianz Arena to put them within touching distance of the league title.

Speaking after the match, the Netherlands winger claimed Jupp Heynckes’ rotation system was paying dividends for both himself and the rest of the squad.

“The fans saw a great game. It was one of those weird games that you don’t experience often. We played very well, but Hamburg were also very weak and, quite frankly, we exploited them,” Robben told reporters.

“It’s very good for the club now that there is a better squad (at the coach’s disposal). It’s not just about the team on the pitch.

“The players are demonstrating a better rhythm on the pitch and it makes you feel stronger. Now I am back in top form.”

Xherdan Shaqiri took full advantage of a rare start against Hamburg as he struck the opener and assisted another, and he hailed the versatility of the Bayern side after the game.

“You can see that almost every player is interchangeable. That has certainly been our key to success,” Shaqiri said.

“Sure, it would have been nice to become a champion today. But regardless if it was this or next week, we would not be able to celebrate anyway.”

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