Robben: Thirty-four is not too old, there is only good or bad

Arjen Robben does not want to be judged on his age at Bayern Munich, with the experienced winger admitting there is “only good or bad”.

The Dutchman has slotted seamlessly into the first of those categories throughout a distinguished career which has taken him from Groningen to Bavaria via PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

At 34 years old, he remains a key figure for Bayern and has taken in 10 appearances so far this season – netting three goals.

The reigning Bundesliga champions have seen standards slip as a collective, though, and are currently four games without a win in all competitions.

It has been suggested that Bayern need to place greater trust in their stars of the future, but Robben believes seasoned professionals such as himself and Franck Ribery still have a role to play.

He told Kicker: “Thirty-four is not too old, we have a personality and an opinion, there is not too old – there is only good or bad.”

Robben also feels that under-fire coach Niko Kovac remains the right man to guide Bayern forward, with the Croat having come in for criticism during a difficult start to his reign.

“He is ambitious and a winner, he is looking for ways to make us play better football again,” he added,

“We do not have to change much.”

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Bayern are currently sat sixth in the Bundesliga table, four points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Robben considers a more competitive title chase to be a good thing for German football, with the last six titles having headed to the Allianz Arena without much resistance.

He added: “I think it’s a good thing the way the table is looking right now. It’s what everyone wanted.

“A few years ago it was said that everything was so boring with Bayern, but I’m not worried.

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“Just because you’re winning doesn’t mean everything is going well. By the same token, it doesn’t mean some things aren’t going to plan when you’re not. I’m sure it’s all in the small details.

“We need to play with passion, move the ball better, bring back the surprise element and start dominating the opposition again.”

Bayern return to action after the international break on Saturday with a trip to Wolfsburg.

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Chelsea v Manchester United Betting Offer: Boosted 50/1 on Blues to see off Red Devils

The Premier League returns with a bang this weekend as Chelsea host Manchester United in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

It has been a contrasting start to the season for these sides, with the Blues winning six of their eight league matches under new manager Maurizio Sarri whilst United are seven points off the top already.

With Chelsea in such good form it is little surprise that SportPesa make them 5/7 (1.71) favourites to take all three points here, but new customers can get a huge 50/1 (51.0) on the same selection. £1 bet, T&Cs apply. Winnings paid in bonuses.

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Although many wrote them off this season, the Blues have put their hat firmly in the ring for the Premier League title and currently sit second on goal difference behind Manchester City.

Sarri’s men have already beaten Arsenal at Stamford Bridge this term and were just a spectacular Daniel Sturridge strike away from seeing off Liverpool there as well, so should be able to get the better of a struggling United side.

Indeed, the under-pressure Jose Mourinho has seen his side manage just one win in their last five matches as well as lose three of their last six away games, which does not bode well going to a ground they tend to struggle at.

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Chelsea have won this exact fixture seven of the last eight times it has been contested in all competitions, with the Red Devils’ last victory at Stamford Bridge coming almost six years ago.

The uninspiring fashion in which United have started this season, and indeed the way Mourinho generally sets up against ‘big six’ opposition, points to yet another home win.

United failed to score in six away matches last term, the most of any ‘big six’ team, and with Chelsea in such fine form, the 50/1 (51.0) boosted price on Sarri’s men to claim victory is set to prove popular ahead of Saturday.

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Lukaku accused of disrespecting Man Utd with Serie A transfer comments

Romelu Lukaku’s comments regarding a future move to Serie A are “disrespectful” to Manchester United, says Gary Pallister.

The Belgium international is currently tied to a long-term contract at Old Trafford and will not be going anywhere any time soon.

He has, however, hinted that a spell in Italy will be taken in at some stage, with Juventus having been linked with his services in the past.

When quizzed on a possible stint in Serie A, Lukaku told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Why not? I hope it happens.”

That admission has not gone down well with former United defender Pallister, with the 25-year-old striker urged to show more respect to his current club during a testing period for all concerned.

“I think it’s disrespectful at times if you start mentioning other clubs when you’re actually contracted to the club you’re at” Pallister told 888sport.

“If it’s in your mind I’ve got no problem with that but to put it in print I’ve got a problem with that.

“At a time when a club is under real pressure to have their leading goal-scorer say he’d like to move abroad – if that’s what he has done – is not the ideal scenario.”

Pallister is not the only United legend to have questioned Lukaku during the international break.

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Despite hitting another double for Belgium in a Nations League win over Switzerland, and having four club goals to his name this season, Paul Scholes has suggested that the Premier League title will never return to Old Trafford for as long as the former Everton and Chelsea man leads the line.

He told ESPN: “I’m just not sure you are ever going to win the league with a goal scorer like him.

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“I don’t think his play outside of the box is good enough.

“I’m not sure if he works hard enough but he’s still a young man who has done well and scored a lot of goals. He’s quick and strong, but Lukaku is one of many United players who look like they’re short of confidence.”

Lukaku will be hoping to prove a point to his doubters on Saturday when he returns to domestic action with a trip to face his former employers at Stamford Bridge.

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Huddersfield Town v Liverpool Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Liverpool travel to the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend looking to inflict more woe on Huddersfield.

The Terriers have failed to win any of their last 12 Premier League matches and that winless run seems unlikely to end this weekend against one of the title challengers.

Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Huddersfield 3-0 both home and away last season and will be confident of recording their seventh league win of the season on Saturday.

Latest odds

Huddersfield are offered at 10/1 (11.00) by 888Sport to record their first league success since April. Liverpool for their part are priced at 27/100 (1.27) with the draw available at 22/5 (5.40).

Team news

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Sadio Mane broke his thumb while on international duty and is a doubt for the game, as is Virgil Van Dijk who fractured his rib while with the Netherlands. Naby Keita picked up a thigh injury with Guinea and is unlikely to feature, whilst James Milner is still missing for the Merseysiders.

Defender Terrence Kongolo is out for the hosts. 

Preview

Huddersfield’s start to the season has done little to allay fears that the West Yorkshire outfit could be serious contenders for relegation.

David Wagner’s side have already suffered heavy defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea, who sit first and second respectively, and the visit of third-placed Liverpool could spell more problems.

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The Terriers conceded six goals to City as well three against both Chelsea and Leicester, meaning after eight games they have the second leakiest defence in the Premier League.

Furthermore, Huddersfield have not scored a goal at home since April and their run of six home matches without netting will be of particular concern to the manager.

Tips and predictions

Over 2.5 goals is offered at 81/100 (1.81), but of more interest should be backing Liverpool to win to nil at  21/25 (1.84).

Huddersfield have lost eight home league matches in 2018, with the last seven of those defeats coming without scoring. If Liverpool look likely to win the game on Saturday, backing them to do so and keep a clean sheet makes plenty of sense. 

Betting Banner - Best BetLiverpool to win to nil at 21/25 (1.84) for a 1pt stake with 888Sport

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