Neven Subotic has claimed his mocking of Arjen Robben’s decisive penalty miss in Borussia Dortmund’s clash with Bayern Munich last campaign was down to a rush of blood rather than any malice towards the Holland international.
Subotic immediately confronted Robben to taunt him after his 84th minute penalty was saved in April.
Dortmund held on in the game to win 1-0 and eventually become Bundesliga champion. Nearly six months on, the Serbian defender attributes his action to an adrenaline rush over any dislike of Robben personally.
"On the one hand, people say 'Neven, you're so stupid, why are you doing this?' On the other hand, I know that it was an instinct,” said Subotic. "It was not a thought thing. If you have a 200-pulse on the pitch, it is best not to explain everything.”
Dortmund entertains Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday while Bayern travels to Werder Bremen the same day with the two teams meeting again on Dec. 1 at Allianz Arena.
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