- Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund eye up Wembley for the first time ahead of Champions League showpiece13:58 | 25/05/2013
Wembley welcomed Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund as both teams arrived for training on the eve of the first all-German Champions League final.
After landing in London earlier in the day, both teams got a chance to have a look at England’s national stadium, which will host European football’s showpiece match for the second time in three years. Dortmund return to the Champions League final for the first time since 1997 when they beat Juventus 3-1 with the help of Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert, while Bayern hope to make amends and win their fifth title after the disappointment they suffered last year.
The legendary German accuracy from the penalty spot suffered a malfunction 12 months ago when Bayern were beaten by Chelsea. But Thomas Muller is not panicking about the prospect of more Champions League final shoot-out misery at Wembley. Indeed, if today’s performance in the pre-match media briefing is anything to go by, he is rather looking forward to it. ‘What happened last year has nothing to do with self-confidence,’ he said.
‘You never know who will be on pitch at that point and some players better at penalties than others, but no-one will be wetting their pants over it.’
The German invasion of Wembley does appear to mark a shift in the European balance of power.
Lauded as possibly the greatest club side ever for their performances over the previous four seasons, Barcelona were slaughtered by Bayern in the semi-final.
The four-times winners scored seven times without reply in a quite staggering two-legged display, even if Lionel Messi played through injury in the first encounter and sat out the second completely as Bayern romped to a 7-0 aggregate triumph.
‘Barcelona were extraordinary in what they have done over the last few years,’ said Bayern skipper Philipp Lahm.
‘They have won the Champions League on a couple of occasions and we felt they were the team we knew we had to beat if we were going to be successful this season.
‘But we have developed by working together as a team. We have lots of attacking qualities and we didn’t let them through our defence at all.’
‘It is difficult to know whether we can take the torch away from them, we shall have to see how it develops.
‘But things are looking very positive for the future of the team. We have a great team, at the right age and we work well together.’
With the Bundesliga title already confirmed and a German Cup final against Stuttgart to follow next week, Heynckes’ final season as a manager is threatening to leave new boss Pep Guardiola with a difficult act to follow.
The 68-year-old accepts his team are something special.
‘We have achieved some extraordinary things,’ he said ‘Overall, our season has been the best in the Bundesliga from any team in 50 years.
‘But we have the aspiration to carry on. We want to maintain our form tomorrow and in the German Cup Final.
‘I am fortunate. I have won the Champions League before when I was at Real Madrid. For the players in our squad who are 28 and over, tomorrow could be the crowning moment of their entire careers.’
Though Bayern have not beaten Dortmund in six meetings since February 2010, they start overwhelming favourites given the manner in which they have transferred their imperious domestic form onto the European stage.
Muller acknowledges the side Bayern wrested the Bundesliga title from have plenty of quality despite the absence of Bayern-bound Mario Gotze.
However, he is adamant his side are the stronger.
‘Borussia are a complete team,’ he said. ‘That is harder to deal with than a group of individual players, even though their individuals are also very good.
‘But I don’t have believe we have any weaknesses.
‘We have played a lot of games, scored a great deal of goals and not conceded many.
‘I have a really good feeling about tomorrow.’
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