Buttner declares himself ready for Robben challenge in Champions League clash
Manchester United defender Alexand Buttner is confident in his ability to stop Arjen Robben on Tuesday when his side goes up against the Champions League winning team Bayern Munich. The young Dutch fullback claims he is ready for the biggest challenge of his career yet.
Buttner will be in the spotlight as Bayern Munich lays siege to Manchester United’s defense at Old Trafford. Buttner will fill in for Manchester United’s first choice for left back Patrice Evra since the veteran left back is serving his Champions League suspension.
Robben will be the man to watch for Manchester United, after all he scored the goal that kicked out Manchester United from the Champions League in 2010 and also scored the winning goal that took Bayern Munich to the Champions League trophy in the final against Borussia Dortmund last season.
Buttner, who will up against his compatriot Robben, claims he is well aware of Robben’s tricks and that he is ready to meet him on the field.
“I feel confident about playing them. I know what Arjen Robben can do and I am ready for him,” Buttner said. “I have never played against him before and I haven't watched videos or anything like that to study him but I know enough from what I have seen to know how he plays the game. It is not under discussion how good he is! We all know that. This kind of big game is why you play football. It is what it is all about.”
Buttner has only made seven appearances for Manchester United since joining the club from Vitesse Arnhem in 2012. Buttner hopes a fine performance against Bayern Munich will provide him with more first team opportunities in the future.
“It would be good for my career if I could do well against Robben,” Buttner added. “In the last two matches I have played well put in some good challenges and I hope I will build on that not just Bayern but after that as well. But I am focused 100 per cent on Bayern now and I am ready. I want to do well against Robben.”
Buttner asked the team to stay optimistic against Bayern Munich, although the German outfit is believed to be the most deadly side in Europe. Buttner singled out Robben from the team to suggest that the Netherlands international will be the key to Bayern Munich’s success. Buttner also admitted that he realized he had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders and he hoped to prove his worthiness through this challenge.