Winger Arjen Robben believes FC Bayern München have "a big advantage" over Olympique de Marseille following their 2-0 triumph on the Mediterranean coast but insists he is not thinking about a possible UEFA Champions League semi-final showdown with Real Madrid CF just yet.
Appearing in the last eight for the fourth time in six years, the Bundesliga outfit produced a controlled first-leg display at the Stade Vélodrome to move into the ascendancy. Robben played an instrumental part in the success, laying on the opening goal for Mario Gomez on the stroke of half-time before adding a second himself on 69 minutes following a neat one-two with Thomas Müller.
Although Marseille have performed well away from home this season – notably winning 3-2 at Borussia Dortmund in the group stage – Robben is cautiously optimistic about Bayern's chances next Tuesday. "We can be really satisfied," the 28-year-old told UEFA.com. "
If you win 2-0 away from home in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League you can be happy.
"We have made a big step because two goals is a big advantage," the Netherlands forward continued. "They will have to come to Munich and score twice. We'll need to concentrate from the first minute of the second leg but we will go into the game with a lot of confidence."
The story might have been different had Loïc Rémy's early attempt gone in rather than hit the outside of Manuel Neuer's post. Robben admits OM posed the visitors problems, saying: "We knew Marseille could be dangerous on the counterattack. In first half there were a few times we lost the ball too easily in midfield and they were dangerous."
According to right-back Philipp Lahm, Gomez's 44th-minute strike was the turning point. "Marseille battled hard in the first half and posed us problems," said the 28-year-old German international. "But we sensed they were a bit deflated after the goal and we controlled the game in the second half."
With Bayern on course for their second last-four appearance in three years, and Madrid dominating their tie against APOEL FC, a mouthwatering semi-final between two of Europe's most laurelled clubs looks likely. Yet Robben is not yet contemplating a showdown with the team he represented between 2007 and 2009.
"I don't want to talk about the semi-final too much because you have to respect your opponent," he explained. "There are still 90 minutes to play and we have to decide the quarter-final first of all."
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