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Champions League: Money doesn’t score goals, Robben mocks PSG



Arjen Robben poked fun at big -spending Paris Saint-Germain on the eve of Bayern Munich ’ s key Champions League away match in the French capital.

With Anderlecht and Celtic also in the pool , the PSG-Bayern clash at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday could go a long way to deciding who wins Group B .

“ Paris have certainly given out a few more euros than us , but money doesn ’ t score goals , quality on the pitch scores goals, good teams score goals , ” said veteran winger Robben before the team jetted to Paris.

PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record 222 million euros ($ 264m ) last month and recruited Kylian Mbappe from Monaco on an initial loan deal which is set to be made into a permanent move for 180 million euros next year.

But when asked about PSG’ s star -studded ‘ MCN ’ attack — Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar — Robben was unfazed: “ The important thing is the performance of the team, not just to focus on particular players ”.

Meanwhile , when asked about his Dutch team-mate’ s comments , Bayern centre -back Mats Hummels was slightly more diplomatic about PSG’ s strengths.

“ He is absolutely right that money doesn ’ t score goals but it does allow you to buy players who score goals, ” Hummels told reporters at the Parc des Princes.

“ PSG are a top -level club. They are very strong going forward, and are well covered in all other positions. A bit like us they have two players per position. ”

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is convinced the German champions — who beat Anderlecht 3-0 in their first group outing two weeks ago — can get a good result in the French capital.

“ I know our team, they are highly motivated and concentrated for games like this , ” said the former striker. “ I am convinced we can get something out of this game. ”

Nevertheless, the biggest test for Bayern’ s shaky defence — which threw away a two-goal lead at home to struggling Wolfsburg in a 2-2 draw last Friday — will be to contain the ‘ MCN ’ .

“ Of course, that is an attack with world -class players , we have to control that, but we have more experience , ” countered Rummenigge .
Bayern president Uli Hoeness launched a thinly -veiled attack on PSG’ s spending policy in an interview on Monday, but Rummenigge focused on the football.

“ This is a prestige game, but one thing is clear: the Champions League is not decided , we want to create the conditions to become group winners. ”

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