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Apr 28, 2010

Robben wants Mourinho reunion in Madrid

Arjen Robben wants a reunion with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the Champions League final after Bayern Munich dispatched Lyon.

Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich
• Champions League gallery
• Hackett: Lyon fail to test Bayern

The Bundesliga leaders brushed aside the challenge of Lyon in the Stade de Gerland to book their place at Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium on May 22 with an emphatic 4-0 aggregate victory. They will face the winners of the second semi-final between Inter Milan and Barcelona.

Jose Mourinho's Inter head to the Nou Camp on Wednesday with a 3-1 advantage from the first leg and Robben, who played under Mourinho at Chelsea for three years, says he wants to face the Italian champions.

"I want to play Inter, definitely,'' he said. "It's better for us as a team. We can have difficulties against Barca. But it's also because I want to play against Mourinho and (Wesley) Sneijder.''

It was an Ivica Olic hat-trick that ensured Bayern Munich progressed to their first Champions League final since 2001. And Robben reserved special praise for the Croatia striker, who took his tally to seven goals in nine European appearances this season.

"He's great, just unbelievable,'' Robben said. "He gives more than 100% every game. He just keeps running, so energetic. He's a great player and so important for us.''

The outcome was rarely in doubt as Bayern dominated from start to finish, and Robben confirmed it was as comfortable as it looked. He said: "Yes, it was comfortable. It also felt so on the pitch. We were much the better team. We played a great game.

"We didn't sit back and wait for them to come. We played aggressively, with attacking football and didn't let them come into the game. We played well. I'm very proud. Very proud of the team and happy to reach the final. It's a great season.''

Olic hailed his performance as "the best match of my life'' after his match-winning trio of strikes, but deflected credit towards his team-mates.

"It's incredible to win by this score and to have scored three goals,'' Olic told German television channel sat.1. "We played really well, my team-mates made my job easier by creating a lot of spaces and scoring opportunities. It's maybe the best match of my life, but it's above all a very good performance by the whole of the team. We will have to do the same thing in the final.''

Lyon coach Claude Puel admitted Bayern simply outplayed his team. "We have to realise that they were stronger,'' he told TF1. "It's a shame we didn't equalise. We had opportunities in front of goal which would have put us back in the match.

"It was more difficult after Cris' sending off. We had already worked a lot physically. The score is heavy compared to what the players put in. There's not really much to reproach them for. It leaves the feeling of emptiness.''

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