Arjen Robben: Not A Fan Of The Europa LeagueBy: The Offside | March 17th, 2011
The Eruopa League is nice. It’s swell. It’s neat-o.
But it’s nothing spectacular. The games are nice, but it’s typically lacking the elite and thus is very much a second competition.
Arjen Robben doesn’t think it much of a competition at all, which is too bad, because that’s exactly where Bayern are headed next year should the table stay the status quo.
But it won’t, because Bayern Munich without a Champions League knockout distraction will somehow, someway make up three points on Hannover 96 in the coming eight fixtures. Bet the house on that.
Yet this impending truth doesn’t stop Arjen from throwing UEFA’s slightly less favored child firmly under the bus. Double finger snap.
“I cannot imagine that (playing in the Europa League),” the 27-year-old Dutch international, who has played 52 games in the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern, told Bild newspaper.
“That is the worst that can happen. I think it is better if you don’t play in it at all,” said Robben, who has a contract with the German champions until 2013.
“Even winning the Europa League would not mean anything for me,” he said. “That is not the title you want to win and it is not something I want.”
This is actually pretty awesome.
Though I’m fairly sure it’s not “the worst”; Europa League is much preferable to relegation. (Arjen would probably disagree.)