Ancelotti unconcerned by Robben tantrum

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Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti was quick to downplay the
significance of Arjen Robben’s angry reaction after he was
taken off in Sunday’s 1-0 Bundesliga win over Borussia
Monchengladbach.

The Netherlands international cut a frustrated figure when
Robert Lewandowski ignored him during a Bayern attack and he
angrily stormed past Ancelotti when he was replaced with Renato
Sanches late on.

Robben’s response led to amused expressions on the Bayern
bench, with Xabi Alonso, Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng
seemingly light-heartedly mocking the winger and Ancelotti
further defused the situation after the final whistle.

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“I was never happy when I got substituted either when I still
played,” Ancelotti stressed.

“I do not have any problem with his reaction.”

Thomas Muller’s second-half strike helped Bayern to a narrow
win that sends them 13 points clear of RB Leipzig at the
top and Ancelotti was satisfied with his side’s efforts.

“We put in a good performance in the opening 45 minutes and
created plenty of chances,” he added.

“I was happy with our performance, but things were more
complicated after the break. Borussia improved and threatened
on the break a few times.

“I did not expect that after their Europa League game on
Thursday.”

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Muller – whose goal marked only his second in the league
this season – feels Robben’s tantrum was proof of the
Dutchman’s hunger and ambition.

“That shows he is still hungry,” Muller told Sky.

“I think he was not happy with the moment where Lewandowski
tried his luck himself rather than pass it to him. It is only a
good thing that he remains hungry even though we hold a
comfortable lead. That is why we are top of the table.

“It is great to hold such a big lead. We knew about Leipzig’s
loss and wanted to win our game. We pushed hard right from the
start.

“We struggled in the first half against Frankfurt last week,
but were 2-0 up. We were better this time, but it was 0-0. That
is why we all love football, anything can happen.

“It was a good day for me. I knew I still have it in me and all
my team-mates were happy for me.”

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