Heynckes: It's my last chance to win the Champions League

The Bayern Munich boss has brought the club to the edge of an unprecedented treble this season and he believes – if they play as a team – then they will beat Borussia Dortmund

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has claimed that Saturday’s clash with Borussia Dortmund at Wembley will be his last chance to win the Champions League.

The Bavarians boss has brought the club to the edge of an unprecedented treble this season – the Bundesliga title is in the bag, they have reached the DFB-Pokal final and they can be crowned kings of Europe this weekend.

However, he will be usurped by former Barcelona trainer Pep Guardiola in the summer and he has looked at the game in London against die Roten’s familiar German adversary as his final chance to lift the Champions League trophy.

“Last Saturday was my last Bundesliga match as a coach and tomorrow will be my last opportunity to hold one of these trophies in my hands,” he claimed to reporters on Friday.

Heynckes believes that the final, being held at Wembley to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the FA, should be truly special and believes his Bayern side can beat Dortmund on Saturday as long as they play as a team and not as individuals.

“Wembley is a place with tradition in English, European and international football,” he added. “And that’s a particular incentive to players to be in such a venerable location for a Champions League final. I think the atmosphere is going to be unique.

“I’ve always tried to think positively – I know what my team can achieve. I said that before Juventus, and before Barcelona when we weren’t the favourites.

“I’ve always thought we could win this competition. We have an extraordinary team and they play as a unit. If we can draw on that tomorrow, we’re going to win the match.”

Bayern reached the final by beating Juventus 4-0 on aggregate in the quarter-finals and Barcelona 7-0 over two legs in the last four.

Lahm 'certain' Bayern will keep reaching Champions League final

The Bavarians’ skipper believes that the club have taken huge strides forward this season, and his team-mate Thomas Muller thinks his experience in the showpiece will be helpful

Philipp Lahm is “certain” that Bayern Munich’s third Champions League final in four years will not be their last in years to come, ahead of their clash at Wembley with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The two German teams will battle for the title of European champions this weekend and Lahm, who has been part of die Roten’s two losing finals against Inter in 2010 and Chelsea in 2012, believes the squad have evolved and grown this season.

He told reporters on Friday: “I don’t know if we’re under more pressure. I’m looking at how the team has developed in recent years.

“It’s the third time in four years we’re in the Champions League final and I’m quite certain this team will have more opportunities to play in these finals in the next few years, but I’m quite confident in the future.

“There’s always pressure at Bayern – we’re Bundesliga champions and we’ve got the DFB-Pokal final next week but there’s always pressure.”

Lahm refused to say he and his team-mates were outright favourites but he does see an excellent future for the Bavarians, who will be coached by Pep Guardiola when Jupp Heynckes steps down in the summer.

“Let’s say quite clearly that there isn’t a guarantee of winning the title – but if you look in the past and the recent years, this is a huge step forward” the full-back added. “We’ve matured a lot and we’re developing really well. We’re at the right age and we’re maturing – so why not [win]?

“There’s a great tradition at Wembley and that’s fantastic but what we want is the title – it doesn’t matter where we win it. Over the last few years Barcelona have been the team to beat – they won the Champions League again and again and that was the team we knew we had to beat this year.

“We’ve really developed, in defence and also in attack, and we showed that against Barcelona. I don’t know if we can take the torch away from them but it’s our third Champions League final and we want to take the cup back to Munich.

“I see a very positive future; the team is great, we are the right age and we work together very well. Things look good.”

Bayern winger Thomas Muller insists he will not let the pressure get to him ahead of Saturday’s clash and believes that, with two Champions League finals under his wing, he is situated well to cope with the unique pressures that playing at the Wembley showpiece will create.

The Germany international said: “The other players don’t have quite so much a weight of experience as I have after the last two finals.”

“I don’t feel quite as nervous as I did in the last two finals; it’s a normal Champions League match. Of course I’ll start getting goosebumps but you need that. We’re aware of what we’re playing for here.”

Hargreaves expects Bayern Munich to 'steamroller everything' in coming years

The former England midfielder tips his old club to begin a period of dominance in European football, praising their infrastructure and warning that only complacency can stop them

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves has tipped his old team to begin a period of in which they “steamroller everything” following their clash with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final.
The 32-year-old represented die Roten for 10 years before joining Manchester United in 2007 and won the continental prize with them, defeating Valencia in the 2001 final.

Hargreaves believes that the Bundesliga giants are at the top of the European game at present, telling the Daily Mail: “You have to say they’re No.1.

“That team is as good as you’ll find, with a work ethic. I’d be shocked if they didn’t steamroller everything over the next few years. The only issue is complacency.”

With former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola set to take over at the Allianz Arena in the summer, the former Three Lions star feels that the Spaniard may find it difficult to follow this season’s potential treble-winning exploits but that he is going to the perfect club to keep up their success.

“The infrastructure has always been there,” he explained. “People asked me why Guardiola chose to go there, not Chelsea. Well, he’s a smart man. If Bayern is not the best-run club in Europe, you would struggle to find a better one.

“But if they win the treble, what’s he going to do? It’s only downhill from there. I’ve heard great things about Guardiola and maybe it’s good that he keeps it fresh. Barcelona is the best example. They were the best team ever to play this game and to get beat as they did in the semi-final can only be down to complacency.

“Any team with success over a period can fall victim to that. We thought they were undefeatable and then to go and get beat 7-0 over two legs [by Bayern] … it wasn’t even close. It could have been 12 or 13.

“Bayern have the right balance,” he added. “They’re a model for a lot of people. Their stadium is probably the best in Europe, their training ground is one of the best, commercially they turn a profit and make their own money. It’s done naturally.

“It’s mostly [club president] Uli Hoeness who has made the club what it is. He’s the heart and soul. There was a time when he said they had to decide if they had enough money to cut the trees and plants down and to go from that to where they are is pretty amazing.”

Klinsmann loves Dortmund's enthusiasm under Klopp

The United States coach has revealed what he thinks are BVB’s best traits whilst tipping his old team, Bayern Munich, to win the Champions League on Saturday

Jurgen Klinsmann has spoken of his admiration for Borussian Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp ahead of the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

The current United States trainer, who has played for and coached at Bayern, is confident his old team can end their European disappointment but praised the Schwarzgelben attitude and quality at high pace.

“The enthusiasm!” the ex-Germany international told Spox, when asked what he admires the most about Dortmund under Klopp.

“The enthusiasm, the pace and conviction. Dortmund has some players who are technically superior to their competition and can play at the highest speed.”

“Klopp became a German champion with Borussia Dortmund and is now in the Champions League final – for me he has already arrived at the highest level. You must be a good coach when you build something great like Dortmund.”

When asked to make his prediction for the final at Wembley on Saturday, Klinsmann admitted that it has been an unpredictable competition this year but feels that his former club will triumph on the night.

“It is a single game, in which many uncertainties may happen and somehow those uncertainties would fit well with the course of the Champions League season. But based on the experience of recent years, the favourite in this final is Bayern Munich.”

The German coach currently has the task of helping the US qualify for World Cup 2014 after parting company with the Bavarian club in 2009.

Bayern & Dortmund the best teams throughout the Champions League, says Gary Neville

The former Manchester United defender is eagerly anticipating Saturday’s match and feels the German sides deserve their place in the final

Former England defender Gary Neville believes that Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have been the best teams in the Champions League this season and deserve their place in the final.

The 38-year-old has been impressed with the progress both sides have made in the competition and feels they have maintained their form throughout the competition.

“It’s not often the best two teams throughout the competition get to the final,” the Manchester United legend told thefa.com.

“Sometimes teams will be stronger before Christmas, some after Christmas, but these two have been the best teams throughout the year.

“I’ve watched a lot of their games and they invigorate you every time. They are two special teams.

“I’ve got nothing but praise for both sides. There will be some great players on view, the quality of football will be there for all to see and the atmosphere will be sensational.”

Neville won the Champions League with United in 1998-99 when they beat Bayern and in 2007-08 when they defeated Chelsea.