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Power and dynamism

Robben rockets off the pre-season blocks

Arjen Robben made an ideal start to the pre-season period with a hat-trick in his first warm-up match, Tuesday evening’s 11–0 victory over a Trentino regional side. “Regardless of the opponents, you always feel good about scoring three goals. It's a real confidence booster," enthused Jupp Heynckes. Robben resumed the squad training programme on Sunday, “so it was a good way to start," the boss said.

The Dutch superstar has been an energetic and willing participant in the summer training camp so far. “I've rarely witnessed the level of intensity he’s investing in every exercise. He has power, dynamism and energy," commented Matthias Sammer, “he's unbelievably enthusiastic and focused on his targets. I have a very, very good impression of him."