LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Bayern Munich will seek its fifth Champions League crown against Borussia Dortmund in a very first all-German final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday night.
Both teams knocked off Spanish giants on their way to making the final and Saturday’s game is expected to be a well entertaining one, although Bayern Munich, the beaten finalists from last season, start slight favorites.
Jupp Heynckes Bayern team were stunned in penalty shootout by English Premier League side Chelsea in last year’s Champions League final and midfielder Thomas Muller says the team is more motivated to make amends.
“Last year’s final won’t have a negative impact, only a positive one because we’re motivated,” Muller said.
“We’ll be even more attentive in our actions. We won’t be giving anything away. It will only sharpen our senses.”
He added: “We really did play very well last year but scored only one. There were perhaps some deficiencies and that cost us the title.
“We didn’t like the way it happened, but we have to be even more rigorous.
“We’re doing the right things, the performances have been good and the team has progressed.
“We’re there for each other and we’re efficient.”
A host of superstars will be on show at this year’s final, and a lot of eyes will be on Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski.
Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp will be without Bayern-bound Mario Gotze, who has been ruled out because of a hamstring injury, but reports claimed that the Germany midfielder would have been left out of the starting team anyway, even if he had been fit, following the timing of the announcement of him joining Bayern Munich in the summer.
At the same time, defender Mats Hummels has been passed fit after an ankle knock and will start for Borussia Dortmund.
He is looking forward to a very special final.
“Yes, [I’m fit],” said Hummels at Friday’s press conference. “Fortunately the scare was a lot worse than the actual problem.
“My foot isn’t quite as it was but it’s in order for a match and I hope I’ll be able to get through the last job of the season.
“On Sunday I realised it wasn’t as bad as I thought and when I realised I was going to be fit, I was so, so happy.”
Hummels added: “We’ve got a fantastic opportunity because this team has been growing for a number of years.
“It’s the most fantastic story of all and we’re not thinking about losing.
“This is the biggest opportunity we’ve had so far as a team; that’s what we thought about in the semi-finals and the quarter-finals. This was a huge motivation for us.”
Klopp believes this is a big opportunity for his team to win the Champions League, adding that he figured from a long time that Gotze would not have been fit for the contest.
“I guessed Mario wouldn’t have time to recover,” he said. “We tried everything but it would have been a surprise if it had worked.
“We have to play really well, otherwise we don’t stand a chance. We have to try our utmost, we only have one chance and we must make the most of it.”
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