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Oct 30, 2012

Robben issues title warning

Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich's defeat to Bayer Leverkusen must act as a wake-up call for his team-mates if they want to win the Bundesliga title.

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Despite having an expensively assembled team Bayern have missed out on the title to Borussia Dortmund for the last two seasons. And last year they also lost the DFB Pokal final to Jurgen Klopp's side, as well as missing out in the Champions League final to Chelsea.

But after another massive summer outlay on stars such as Javi Martinez, Mario Mandzukic and Xherdan Shaqiri they have started the season in fantastic form, winning eight out of eight in the league until they were derailed against Leverkusen in a game which also saw Robben's return from injury.

"On the one hand disappointment about losing, but on the other, I was delighted to be back on the field," the Netherlands international said of his comeback game.

"We need to learn from last year. The defeat against Leverkusen was a wake-up call. We have to be wide awake now and react immediately. Obviously, it can't be that we start dropping lots of points again and allow our rivals to come back at us.

"The best way to not drop points was to set off on the next streak straight away. In every match, we have to be up for it from the start and every minute that follows. We can't allow ourselves to let up. And none of that is automatic, you have to work hard to achieve it."

Meanwhile Robben has also dismissed reports that he was considering retirement, claiming he was mistranslated in an interview he gave to Dutch TV.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger has suffered with injury throughout his career, but insists he was never close to hanging up his boots.

"I believe, my Dutch wasn't translated very well," Robben explained. "I talked about my difficult injuries and said that it sometimes crosses your mind: Here are my shoes, bugger off!

"It is frustrating when you are in good shape, have a good pre-season and then something happens and you are out for four weeks."

He explained that he might have tossed around the idea of retiring over the past two years, but only speaking to his wife. "Certainly, I won't do it in the end," he added. "I am just honest when I tell people about what crosses my mind. But I have also said I miss half the matches – maybe I can go on until I am 40 or 45."

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