Bayern Munich will give Arjen Robben time to prove his fitness against Juventus, when Pep Guardiola hailed Arturo Vidal’s value.
Pep Guardiola is hopeful that Arjen Robben will probably be fit in time for Bayern Munich’s Champions League last-16 second-leg contest against Juventus on Wednesday.
Netherlands winger Robben was rested as Bayern battered Werder Bremen 5-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday with 1 eye on the return tie versus Juve at the Allianz Arena.
Nevertheless, Robben has been struggling with illness this week, putting his involvement in doubt.
Head coach Guardiola says he remains unsure if Robben will feature, saying at a news conference: “I hope he can play.
“I never know however, but I hope so.”
Bayern surrendered a two-goal lead within the very first leg in Turin to draw 2-2, leaving the tie intriguingly poised.
Midfielder Arturo Vidal faced criticism just after the initial leg for reportedly partying into the early hours immediately after facing his former club.
The Chile midfielder has been in impressive type lately, though, and Guardiola hailed Vidal’s importance for the team.
“Arturo has played well against Darmstadt, in Turin and against Dortmund,” he added.
“With his encounter he’s an important player. Within the first handful of months it was somewhat difficult for Arturo. But now it really is much improved, because we know Arturo greater and he knows his colleagues greater.”