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Apr 23, 2013

Robben revels in beating Barcelona

Arjen Robben said Bayern Munich should be "very proud" of their 4-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.

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Robben was on the scoresheet as Bayern claimed an impressive triumph against the Liga leaders, with Mario Gomez also scoring and Thomas Muller netting a brace.

The Netherlands international was delighted with the result but urged his team-mates not to get too carried away as they still have next week's second leg at the Camp Nou to play.

Robben told ITV: "I think we knew we were able to give them good competition, I think everybody said before it was a 50-50 game.

"We can be very proud, this team (Barcelona) has dominated Europe over the last five years and if you beat them like this in such terrific way I think you can be proud.

"But on the other hand, let's be quiet, enjoy this evening but not any more, because there's still the second game to play and we have to be ready."

When asked if he had Wembley in his thoughts, the winger added on Sky Sports News: "No, no, no, but that's also the strength of this team, we keep focusing.

"There's always the next game. Let's stay concentrated, not talk too much and just play our football."

Barca may feel some key decisions went against them during the match, with appeals against Gomez for offside when he netted Bayern's second just after the break and an apparent foul on Jordi Alba in the lead-up to Robben's strike falling on deaf ears.

Robben preferred not to comment on that though, telling ITV: "I don't want to speak about this. I want to speak about the way we played tonight, that needs to have the upper hand.

"We can be proud, we played a terrific game, everybody fought for every metre and we didn't give them any space to play. I think maybe they had one chance, maybe two good opportunities, but no more and in the end we really deserved the win.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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