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Chorus of praise

Untried team bristles with quality and desire

It was all over and the 71,000 crowd were heading for the warmth of home, but Arjen Robben was still coursing with energy. With his chest puffed out and his hands on his hips, the Dutchman remained in the Allianz Arena mixed zone giving countless interviews. He had removed his shirt by now, but he was still wearing the captain's armband on his right arm. “And it'll stay on when I go to bed," quipped the beaming winger after captaining Bayern for the very first time. “It's a great honour and I'm very proud," he said in the wake of a perfect DFB Cup evening, “but I'm even more proud of the team."

Indeed, the main attraction in the 4-0 cup success against Kaiserslautern was not the stand-in captain and scorer of two goals, nor veteran Claudio Pizarro, who grabbed a brace himself, but rather the whole team. “Four–nil sounds like it was easy. But the team we put out hardly had any match practice and had never played together before," Robben pointed out, “huge credit to this team!"