'I don't feel 34' – Robben enjoying current role with Bayern

The Dutch winger is enjoying his time with the German side as they prepare to start Champions League play

Ajren Robben says that he is enjoying his time with Bayern Munich as he approaches his 35th birthday.

The Dutch winger began the season on the bench, but has started two of the club’s opening three matches of the Bundesliga campaign.

Robben has scored two Bundesliga goals, with his most recent finish coming on a spectacular 20-yard volley in a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

As he gets older, Robben says he understands that he will spend more time on the bench than in previous years, but he also feels prepared to go “peddle to the floor” when he is called upon by Niko Kovac.

“I’m 34 now, and I just try to enjoy every moment. Sometimes it hits you how lucky you are to be able to play here, at a full Allianz Arena. You just have to enjoy it,” Robben told Bundesliga.com.

“I don’t know how long it’ll last, but I don’t feel like I’m 34 right now. I feel very, very fit. Hopefully it’ll stay that way for a long time.

“Then I can enjoy playing. I always try to do that. Then you can be successful.”

After taking care of business in the first three matches of the domestic campaign, Robben and Bayern are now focused on the start of the Champions League.

The German champions start the tournament with a visit to Benfica on Wednesday, with Ajax and AEK rounding out Group E. 

Robben says it’s “too early to say” what Bayern’s biggest group challenge will be and, while he is looking forward to facing Ajax and the team’s crop of Dutch stars, the veteran winger isn’t overlooking his team’s first test.

“It’s the Champions League, it’s a totally different ball game,” he said.

“We have to keep going our way, but there’s always room for improvement. We played well in the first half against Leverkusen and also worked hard off the ball. In the second half, we eased off a bit.

“We have to watch out for misplaced passes; teams like Benfica can be very dangerous in the transition.

“We have a lot of quality and creativity going forward. We have to work hard defensively, only then will be be successful.”

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