Arjen Robben does not believe there is a coach in the world who lives, breathes and thrives in football like Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.
The Dutchman has shone under the ex-Barcelona leader’s tutelage at the Allianz Arena, and narrowly missed out on making the final three for the 2014 Ballon d’Or with his performances for Bayern and Netherlands.
Guardiola guided Bayern to four trophies in his opening season and Robben does not think any other coach is at the same level as the Spaniard.
“Pep Guardiola breathes football, he thinks about it 24/7,” the experienced winger told Telefoot. “Tactically, he’s the best in the world.
“It’s a privilege to work with him. I am 31-years-old but I still learn things from him.”
Robben also discussed Bayern’s desire to become European champions for the second time in three years, especially with the showpiece in June set to be played on German soil, and reveals his secret attacking ingredient is keeping the opposition clueless.
“The Champions League is our main objective,” he added, “what with the final being played in Berlin. We don’t need to get accustomed to each other now as we still have the same team and the same coach as last year. I think we have improved.
“What’s my secret? It’s all about timing. I always try to do something different. You have to surprise the defenders. It’s a game between you and them.
“I get a lot of pleasure playing football and I hope I’ll be able to keep doing it for a long time.”