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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

'Money doesn't score goals': Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben taunts Paris Saint-Germain

Bundesliga champions take on the big-spending French club in the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday.

Arjen Robben has taunted Paris Saint-Germain ahead of their Uefa Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich. (Matthias Balk / AP Photo
Arjen Robben has taunted Paris Saint-Germain ahead of their Uefa Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich. (Matthias Balk / AP Photo

Arjen Robben has poked fun at big-spending Paris Saint-Germain on the eve of Bayern Munich's Uefa Champions League away match in the French capital.

With Anderlecht and Celtic also in the group, the clash at PSG's Parc de Princes on Wednesday could go some way to deciding the winner of Group B.

"Paris have certainly given out a few more euros than us, but money doesn't score goals, quality on the pitch scores goals, good teams score goals," said veteran winger Robben before the team jetted to Paris.

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PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record €222 million (Dh960.8mm) and recruited Kylian Mbappe from Monaco last month on an initial loan deal which is set to be made into a permanent move for €180m next year.

But when asked about PSG's star-studded "MCN" attack of Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar, Robben was unphased.

"The important thing is the performance of the team, not just to focus on particular players."

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is convinced Bayern can get a good result in the French capital.

"I know our team, they are highly motivated and concentrated for games like this," he said. "I am convinced we can get something out of this game."

Nevertheless, the biggest test for Bayern's shaky defence, which threw away a two-goal lead at home to struggling Wolfsburg in a 2-2 draw last Friday, will be to contain PSG's forwards.

"Of course, that is an attack with world-class players, we have to control that, but we have more experience," Rummenigge said.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES

All kick-off times 10.45pm UAE (+4 GMT) unless stated

Tuesday
Sevilla v Maribor
Spartak Moscow v Liverpool
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk
Napoli v Feyenoord
Besiktas v RB Leipzig
Monaco v Porto
Apoel Nicosia v Tottenham Hotspur
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid

Wednesday
Basel v Benfica
CSKA Moscow Manchester United
Paris Saint-Germain v Bayern Munich
Anderlecht v Celtic
Qarabag v Roma (8pm)
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
Juventus v Olympiakos
Sporting Lisbon v Barcelona