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Robben and Ribéry

Flying wingers add touch of extra class

Louis van Gaal is not the kind of coach to single out individuals in his post-match analysis. The Dutchman is famously a proponent of collective thinking, with the team outranking any individual. However, following the cup final victory over Werder Bremen, the Bayern boss made an exception, although he did it in characteristically blunt fashion.

“We normally have a problem with organisation when we play with both Ribéry and Robben. But they stuck to their positions today, and that makes us a very good team,” the 58-year-old told the post-match news conference – in this case, without being asked about either or both his superstars.

A clear-cut and totally merited 4-0 triumph against Werder was another striking example of Munich’s ability to impose their will on matches in recent months. But it was also a contest bearing the metaphorical signatures of Franck Ribéry, and especially Arjen Robben. “That was one of my best games this season,” Robben declared after another sublime display.