Boateng: Bayern aiming for Champions League final

The World Cup-winning defender has disclosed that Pep Guardiola’s man are eager for a return to the showpiece event, which will be held in Berlin, having missed out last season

Jerome Boateng has outlined the ambition of Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League final this season.

The Bavarian giants suffered a 5-0 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the semi-final of the previous edition of the tournament, and the former Manchester City man is eager to go one step further this time around.

In 2012, Bayern lost the Champions League final in front of their own fans at the Allianz Arena on penalties to Chelsea, and with this season’s finale scheduled to take place at the Olympiastadion in Germany’s capital, Berlin, the 26-year-old admitted his side are keen to reach the showpiece event once more.

“Our goal is of course the final, we will try everything to get there. But that also depends on factors such as form on the day, or sometimes in luck or bad luck,” Boateng told Kicker.

The World Cup-winning defender believes that defending champions Real Madrid will once more provide staunch competition for the trophy, but also added that Chelsea and Barcelona have to be thought of as contenders.

“Chelsea are also very strong, and Barca have to be considered,” he added.

Bayern, who will face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League last 16 in February, have an 11-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga and they resume their campaign on January 30 when they travel to face second-placed Wolfsburg.

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