It was a gritty hard-fought performance that got Bayern Munich through to the Champions League final, as they saw off Real Madrid on Wednesday night and Arjen Robben has rightfully praised his players for their character.
The Bundesliga outfit were underdogs in the Champions League betting as they made their way to the Spanish capital but having seen off an onslaught of Real attack for much of the game, and taking chances of their own, they managed to take the game to the cruellest of conclusions with the score at 3-3 on aggregate.
Bayern held their nerve in the dreaded penalty shootout to end Jose Mourinho’s dream of managing Real to what could have been his third Champions League title.
Now Robben and his team-mates have the biggest game in club football to look forward to against Chelsea, with the biggest advantage being that it will be played at the Allianz Arena, their home ground.
This is surely a dream come true for anyone associated with the great German club and Robben has admitted it took a huge amount of effort to get Bayern into the showpiece event.
He told Sky Sports: “I am very proud of my team, because when you start a game like this and after 14 minutes you are 2-0 down, then you have to be mentally strong to cope with it and recover from it.
“I think, overall, the rest of the game, we played some really good football.
“In the end, I think we can say it is deserved.
“We were really hungry. Everybody was really aggressive.”
Having seen both Barcelona and Real Madrid knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals, the prestigious trophy is very much up for grabs for either Bayern or Chelsea but home advantage will give Robben and the rest of the squad plenty of confidence and I would bet on the Champions League going to Bayern for the fifth time.