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Robben hails Lahm's midfield transition

Created on 24 Sept., 2013 5:41 PM GMT

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has hailed captain Philipp Lahm's seamless transition to central midfield.

Lahm, who traditionally plays as a right-back, has been regularly deployed in the middle since the arrival of new boss Pep Guardiola, including most recently in Saturday's 4-0 away win over Schalke.

And, while Robben has declared himself impressed by Lahm's ability to adapt, he insists he is not surprised.

"I like Philipp in midfield. He's the kind of player who can play in any position," the Netherlands international was quoted as saying by TZ

"He's got excellent technique and is very intelligent. He is a versatile player and has shown this time and time again."

Vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger marked his first start since August with a goal in Bayern's comfortable win in Gelsenkirchen.

And Robben has welcomed the Germany international's return from an ankle injury as Bayern look to overtake Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. 

"Schweinsteiger's return is very important for us," he continued.

"We have a number of key players and Bastian is one of them. Plus he's obviously our vice-skipper. The 1-0 he scored against Schalke was a crucial goal as well."

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