Created on 18-04-2010 at 00:00 AM
The goalscoring sequence on Saturday had a nice symmetry: Olic - Robben - Müller, Olic - Robben – Müller. Then came the icing on the cake, Robben adding another with the last kick, as FCB walloped Hannover 7-0 for their biggest Bundesliga win in 20 years. Scorers Ivica Olic, Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller stood out in an excellent Bayern display. The Croat, the Dutch ace and the native Bavarian, all hungry for goals.
The gifted wide player now has 15 goals in the last 16 matches, including spectacular tie-clinching efforts in the Champions League against Fiorentina and Manchester United. He was too much of a handful for hapless Hannover: Christian Schulz, Constant Djakpa and Konstantin Rausch successively battled in vain to mark Arjen out of the match.
“I’ve never scored three in a match before – and I might have had a couple more,” reflected Robben, whose seven shots on goal was the best tally of the afternoon. “He’s world-class, an amazing dribbler, technically strong and very, very quick,” enthused Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. The chairman’s sentiments were echoed by Louis van Gaal: “He’s having an unbelievable season. He’s scoring decisive and attractive goals, each better than the one before.”
Robben is Bayern’s top scorer on 19 goals, 14 of them in the Bundesliga. He has also provided six assists, making it 20 scorer points in just 21 league outings. Saturday’s hat-trick took him past his previous personal best, a tally of 12 for PSV Eindhoven. His first season at Bayern could end up as one of the best of his career. “I might be in the form of my life,” he told Bild am Sonntag, “but that won’t do. I want more, I want trophies.”