Bayern will not become Barcelona, insists Robben

The Netherlands winger is confident that the European champions will continue to develop in their own particular style despite new coach Pep Guardiola's Blaugrana background
Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben insists that his side will not attempt to emulate Barcelona under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola.

The former Blaugrana boss took the reins at the Allianz Arena after Jupp Heynckes departed at the end of 2012-13, with Guardiola spending €25 million (£21.7m) to take Thiago from Camp Nou on Sunday.

But Robben, 29, has made it clear that the Bavarians will continue to improve in their own robust style, while stressing the need to ensure last season was not a one-off.

"We have our own qualities," he told Sp!ts when asked whether they would look to copy Barcelona. "We have shown that we can win prizes our way. It's up to us to make the next step and become better."

Robben struck the winning goal in Bayern's 2-1 Champions League final triumph over Borussia Dortmund last term, completing an historic treble for the Bundesliga champions.

Bayern kick off the defence of their domestic crown at home to Borussia Monchengladach on August 9.