BAYERN MUNICH winger Arjen Robben is dreaming of a 6-0 Champions League thrashing of Fiorentina tonight — but admits the reality is more likely to be a little different.
The Bundesliga side go into the first leg of their last-16 tie at the Allianz Arena on the back of a 12-match winning streak.
“The ideal result is 6-0, but that will probably not happen,” Robben conceded. “But it is clear we have to score and be careful Fiorentina don’t.
“If we win the first game, Fiorentina have to go for it in the second game. That means we would have advantages, because they would have to play offensively to create chances. And that is not Fiorentina’s way of playing.”
Bayern are certainly in scoring form, having netted 20 times in their six games since the winter break.
They won 4-1 at Juventus to book their place in the knockout stage, and Robben believes the team are ready to go further.
“I think we are ready for the next job,” he added. “Everyone is waiting to see what we can bring against an opponent like Fiorentina.”
Frank Ribery started just his third Bundesliga game of the campaign in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
Robben is glad to have the France winger back, claiming he brings something extra to the side.
“It is a lot of fun to play alongside Franck,” he said. “He gives the team something special.”
Defender Philipp Lahm sounded a note of caution, though, urging the team to improve at the back.
“We’re not tight enough at the back. We’ll be punished for that in the Champions League,” Lahm warned.
Striker Miroslav Klose could return to the squad following an ankle injury.
Fiorentina know they must rediscover the spirit they showed against Liverpool earlier in the season to have any hope of beating the Germans.
Cesare Prandelli’s side defeated Liverpool twice in the group stages to finish top of the pool but those triumphs are a distant memory with the Viola having lost five of their last six games on the domestic front.
“We want to play a great game,” said Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey.
“We want to leave a mark in Europe. In order to do that, we need to recover the character that we showed in the competition. I think if we find the spirit that we showed in our two games against Liverpool, we can do well.”
Frey believes a 0-0 draw would be a good outcome for his team with the return leg to come in Florence on March 9.
“It will not be easy because Bayern are a great side,” said Frey.
“But a goalless result would be a great achievement for us in view of the clash at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.”
The Viola will be without defender Alessandro Gamberini, who underwent shoulder surgery this week.
Midfielder Mauro Santana is out for three weeks with a muscular injury.
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