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Effenberg backs Bayern to win title

17 February 2012 13:47

Stefan Effenberg has tipped Bayern Munich to claim the Bundesliga title, but warned the Bavarian giants to use Arjen Robben.

Netherlands international Robben has been criticised in recent times for being too selfish, but he has received the backing of ex-Bayern player and fellow Dutchman Effenberg, who also believes the Bavarians will be pushed all the way by Borussia Moenchengladbach - another of his former clubs - in the title race.

After an incredible escape from relegation last season, Lucien Favre's side have established themselves at the right end of the table, and Effenberg feels they are capable of challenging Borussia Dortmund and Bayern at the top.

"Bayern are my favourites but 'Gladbach have no reason to hide. They play football that is deserving of the title of 'champion'," Effenberg told Bild.

"The 1-0 victory in Munich on matchday one opened the door. But no one may speak of a streak anymore."

"Bayern are well advised to remain calm. Without Robben, it is difficult to win a title. Bayern need Robben - no ifs or buts."

Effenberg credited manager Lucien Favre for the rise in form from the Borussia Park outfit.

"This is an unbelievable and great story. Lucien Favre has managed to make the players support him unconditionally," he said.

"This is due to the painstaking work of Favre. He has strengthened the defence. Last season, Gladbach were the shooting gallery of the league, now they have the best defence. Favre is able to push all his players to the limit."

Moenchengladbach sit one point behind Bayern in the Bundesliga table, with both teams looking to displace Dortmund who are two points clear.

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