Arjen Robben has hit out at big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain ahead of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
The Parisian side had an eventful summer, making Neymar the world’s most expensive player, joining from Barcelona for £198m, while on-loan strike partner Kylian Mbappe will be signed permanently next summer from Monaco next summer for a fee of around £166m.
Those deals are certainly a sign of PSG’s intent to seriously compete for the biggest price in European club football, a trophy which Bayern have won five times.
Robben scored in the final in the last of those triumphs in 2013, and the Dutch winger has reminded PSG that even with their vast spending, they still need to produce the goods on the pitch.
“Paris have already spent a few more euros than we have, but money does not score goals,” Robben told German publication ‘kicker’. “Quality on the pitch scores goals – good teams score goals.”
Neymar will return to the PSG squad for Wednesday night’s clash, after missing out during his side’s draw at Montpellier on Saturday, and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned of the danger of PSG’s attacking trio of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani.
Rummenigge admitted on the club’s official website: “We’re respectful of PSG, especially their attack; they have three world-class players up front. However, we have more experience in the Champions League.”
After their busy summer, PSG became one of the favourites to go all the way in this year’s Champions League, and manager Unai Emery thinks his side deserve to be considered among the world’s elite.
“When I was in Spain, I watched Europe’s big clubs like Real, Barcelona, Bayern, Juventus and Manchester (United), with all the best players in the world,” Emery told a press conference.
“There are five or six teams that can buy the best players in the world. Our team has taken an important step towards competing with the best teams.
“Today, we have more enemies, because they see that we have a serious team and that our transfer activity put us a step closer to being in the mix to win the Champions League.
“It’s not a demand, it’s a process. That’s why people are talking about us a lot more now. Right now people are talking about Paris St Germain because we are among the best teams in the world.”