The Bayern Munich star is desperate to shake off his reputation as a big-game choker and has set his sights on winning the Euros after a disappointing end to his club seasonEXCLUSIVE
By Francesco Delgado
Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben is determined to put the disappointment of the unsuccessful Champions League final against Chelsea behind him at Euro 2012 as he aims to help Netherlands win their first major trophy since 1988.
The Dutchman admitted that it will not be easy to erase the memory of his extra-time penalty miss against the Blues at the Allianz Arena, but is hopeful of making personal amends in Poland and Ukraine to end the season on a high.
"I was very excited about the end of the season with Bayern, but things didn't turn out well. The Champions League final was incredible and that will leave a mark in my head," Robben said to Goal.com.
"I don't like it one bit that people say I fail in finals, but that is something which has followed me in recent times" - Arjen Robben
The Netherlands international has now lost four finals in the past two years after previously losing the 2010 Champions League showpiece against Inter, while also suffering heartbreak in the World Cup final that same year.
Robben was also defeated in this year's DFB Pokal final, and the former Real Madrid winger is desperate to end his cold streak this summer.
"I don't like it one bit that people say I fail in finals, but that is something which has followed me in recent times," he said.
"I now hope to break that streak at Euro 2012."
Robben feels that Oranje face a tough task to survive the group stage at the European Championship, but believes that his country have to overcome the best of the best if they are to go all the way.
"Everything has already been said about our group. It's the hardest one in the competition without a doubt, but we have to accept that if we want to be champions and pick off our rivals from day one," he explained.
"We have the opportunity against the Danish, the Portuguese and the Germans to knock two of them out of the competition.
"Playing against Germany will be special for me. We all know each other and there will be little room for surprise. It will be a big battle for the points and a psychological fight against a direct rival for the title.
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"Netherlands are obliged to fight for the title. That's our goal but it won't be easy because all of our rivals will want to beat us. I don't like going in as favourites but our results in recent years and our history mean that we are up there and we have to accept that. We are professionals and we have to fight for everything."
The 28-year-old also stressed that the pressure will not get to him on the big occasions, before adding that he is ready to shoulder the responsibility if he is asked to take a penalty at the Euros.
"The pressure doesn't affect me - not now or in any of the teams I have played for," Robben insisted.
"If I have to take a penalty and the coach wants me to take one, I will do it without any fear. I am a professional and I have to move on."
Netherlands start their Euro 2012 campaign with the Group B match against Denmark on June 9, before taking on Germany four days later, and Portugal on June 17.