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Heynckes pays tribute to Robben and Ribery

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The treble-winning coach talked how the two footballers were key to the history of the German Bundesliga giants.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery have left German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich after more than a decade of great records.

And former coach Jupp Heynckes, who won the treble with the Bavarians, is full of praise for his ex-footballers.

“They were driven by a boyish joy for football, undying passion and the limitless fun which is inherent in street footballers,” explained Heynckes to the Bundesliga website.

“It was thanks to these qualities they were able to interpret wing play in such a sustained and innovative way.”

“They set new standards. Franck with his high-speed dance-like dribbles, like a slalom; Arjen, his gaze set ahead, bursting forward and then cutting inside with the ‘Robben move’, to send the ball into the right or left the top corner,” he added.

“Robben has something rebellious in him. He’s a street fighter going along a rocky road and has to fight his way to the top.”

He commented: “Franck always uses that aggression against opponents.”

“He’s a sensitive person who demands respect. If he feels that recognition, Franck is a generous, lovable person.”