Ribery targets treble with Bayern
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has urged his team-mates to remain focused as he has set his sights on winning three trophies this term.
The Bavarians currently hold a 17-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table, while they beat Dortmund 1-0 in midweek to book their ticket for the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal.
They also recorded a 3-1 away win over Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie.
“It’s going brilliantly in the Bundesliga and hopefully that’s how it will continue, but there are still a lot of games to go. We need to stay focused,” Ribery told the official Bundesliga website.
“There are two other titles up for grabs as well – the DFB Cup and the Champions League.”
The France international stressed he is happy to work hard for the team, but added that he needs a certain freedom in order to shine.
“I need to do my share of the defensive work, for sure, but when I’m on the ball, I make an intuitive decision on whether to pass, play a long ball or shoot,” he said.
“Our former coach Louis van Gaal always wanted me to follow precise instructions. I just said: ‘Let me play my game, that won’t work, it’s crazy’. I had my own philosophy – anything else just isn’t Franck Ribery.
“It’s great now with Jupp Heynckes – and it’s working.”
Ribery has been in sublime form this term, netting five goals and nine assists in 18 Bundesliga appearances.