2010/2011 German Bundesliga
The former Germany international feels it’s too early to focus on next week’s match at Wembley and has made it clear FCB must stay relaxed
Matthias Sammer has stressed that Bayern Munich must remain calm ahead of the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.
The Bavarians’ focus is slowly turning towards next week’s showpiece at Wembley, but the club’s sporting director has insisted that they need to stay focused and should not start doing things differently all of a sudden.
“We need normality, professionalism, cool heads, serenity, and everyday things,” Sammer told the club’s official website.
“Given our team’s stability and ability to perform, we have no reason suddenly to throw the focus so heavily on the final that we start thinking we should be doing a number of things differently.
“We don’t need to start feeling cramped or that we need to push too hard. It’s much too early as well. For now, Monchengladbach is the centre of attention.”
Bayern take on Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday before locking horns with BVB one week later in London.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have gone six league games without defeat against die Roten and the club captain believes this will affect the Bundesliga champions going into the game
Sebastian Kehl has warned Bayern Munich not to forget their recent poor results against Borussia Dortmund ahead of the Champions League final.
The Bavarians are the clear favourites going into the Wembley showdown, having routed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in the semi-finals, but Jurgen Klopp’s men are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga meetings with die Roten, winning four of those encounters.
Consequently, Kehl believes that Dortmund have something of a psychological edge over Bayern, and one which will seem them triumph on May 25.
“Myself and the team believe that we can beat Bayern,” the veteran midfielder told Uefa.com. “We were not beaten in either game against them in the Bundesliga this season.
“That shows that our way of playing can hurt Munich. Their respect for us will be very, very big as well.
“But we are entering the game with lots of anticipation, and also huge belief that we are able to win it.
“We have a plan and know how we can beat them. They know that as well and it is something which is inside their heads.”
Victory in London would confirm Dortmund’s resurgence as a major force in European football, 16 years after their one and only previous Champions League success, against Juventus in 1997.
Given that the club was in dire financial trouble not too long ago, Kehl finds Dortmund’s rejuvenation remarkable.
“The term sleeping giant fits quite well,” the 33-year-old mused. “We have gone through difficult times.
“But I have always believed there is incredible power in this club to show our financial and football strengths.
“Of course, the past three years have been a surprise. There have been remarkable performances within the shortest space of time.
“But BVB have it in them to become the second big beacon in Germany.”
With Borussia Dortmund resigned to losing the Poland international this summer, there are a whole host of clubs vying for his signature, and Hugh Wilson looks at the odds
It comes as no surprise that Robert Lewandowski has a number of admirers throughout European football tracking his progress this summer. The 24-year-old Poland international has one year left on his contract at Borussia Dortmud, but many expect one of the European giants to make a move in the next couple of months.
For those few that hadn’t heard of Lewandowski before this season, his impact for Dortmund in this year’s Champions League certainly put him on the map.
The striker has netted 10 times in 12 matches, including scoring four goals in the quarter-final first leg against Real Madrid.
His season could yet reach the most momentous of climaxes as his Dortmund side prepare face German rivals Bayern Munich next week in the final at Wembley – and he may just tempt his principal suitors to make a move.
It is Bayern who are current favourites to sign him in the summer, with BetVictor pricing them at 4/5 (1.80) to land him before August 30 2013.
Bayern have already snapped up one of Dortmund’s stars in recent weeks. 20-year-old Mario Gotze came through the youth system at BVB, but has elected to jump ship and will join the Bundesliga Champions this summer.
Bayern aren’t the only top European side to be linked with Lewandowski though. Manchester United have expressed their interest previously, and with his contract up in a year, it’s likely a deal could be made this summer.
United chose to go with Robin van Persie last season, and although they are second favourites to sign Lewandowski at 5/2 (3.50), this price seems very short for a side with a top main striker already in their ranks.
United aren’t the only Premier League side to be interested in the Dortmund star. Newly-crowned Europa League champions Chelsea have been keeping tabs on the player, and with Ramadel Falcao seemingly set to join Monaco, they could look to make a move for Lewandowski instead. The Blues represent a viable destination at 5/1 (6.00).
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The 68-year-old coach is to be replaced at the Bayern Munich at the end of the season by Pep Guardiola but he is ruling out taking on another job elsewhere in Germany
Outgoing Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has revealed that he has received “job offers from abroad”, as he considers continuing his career outside Germany.
The 68-year-old coach is on the verge of leading the Bavarians to an historic treble but Pep Guardiola will replace him at the Allianz Arena helm this summer regardless of results.
Heynckes has previously hinted that he might walk away from football at the end of the season, though he has now confirmed that he is open to other options.
“Of course I have job offers from abroad,” the former Real Madrid boss told Kicker. “And after having experienced two highly succesful seasons with Bayern, there are no alternatives left in the Bundesliga.
“But right now I’m only focused on Bayern.”
The Bavarians, who wrapped up the Bundesliga title with six rounds to spare, meet Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on May 25 before taking on Stuttgart in the DFB-Pokal decider on June 1.