Dante revels in Bayern-Dortmund rivalry

The Brazilian believes recent battles between the sides will make for a classic encounter on Saturday as the Bavarians look to ease the pain of last season’s final defeat

By Tauan Ambrosio

Bayern Munich defender Dante believes the rivalry with Borussia Dortmund will make for a spectacular Champions League final.

The two German powerhouses meet at the Wembley showdown on Saturday, with Bayern hoping to make up for the heartbreak suffered last season when they were beaten by Chelsea in the final on home soil having lost out to Dortmund in both the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal final.

While victory over Jurgen Klopp’s men on Saturday would certainly go some way to easing the pain endured 12 months ago, Dante has warned that the result will not come easy against the Schwarzgelben.

“Games against Borussia are always hard. The rivalry is huge, so I’m sure both teams will be ready for the match,” he told Goal.

“I imagine it will be a great game and that the two teams will be really focused. Of course the sides know each other very well, that’s why we need to be extra careful. We have to be at our best on the day.

“Bayern is one of the biggest clubs in the world. This year we became even stronger and that’s why we had such a great season so far.

“The fact that the team missed out on the title in the last few years made the players even hungrier for the victory, and that’s what we’re seeing right now.

“The final will be tough because it’s a German derby, but I hope that, even though it’s one game only, we can leave London as winners.”

Bayern are looking to complete an historic treble this season, having wrapped up the Bundesliga title in record time and with a DFB-Pokal final against Stuttgart to come.

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