Before the final: confident bavaria, defiant bvb

Before the final: confident bavaria, defiant bvb

We’re finally going to wembley! For confident bavaria and defiant dortmund, the wait for the final match that has been hyped as the duel of the century will soon be over. On friday, the planes with the finalists take off for england in dortmund and munich.

"We all want to go to london now and play the game," bastian schweinsteiger stressed ahead of the meeting of two "absolute top teams in europe". Bavaria’s vice-captain was full of confidence: "if we play to our potential, it’s very hard to beat us. We have taken an absolutely rough step towards perfection this season. I have a very good feeling."

In dortmund, however, the anticipation was somewhat clouded. After the failure of mario gotze talked goalkeeper roman weidenfeller defiantly the remaining squad strong and recalled before the rough duel with FC bayern on saturday in london star hours of borussia – without the noble technician. "One should not put everything on him. He didn’t play in the 2012 cup final either," said the leader and set the tone: now more than ever.

2:5 was the score from munich’s point of view on the national cup stage a year ago: jurgen klopp was the triumphant one, jupp heynckes the beaten oldie trainer. But it is by no means a coach’s duel for the 68-year-old. "Why against jurgen?" Asked heynckes in irritation. "The relationship with jurgen klopp is good," assured heynckes, who wanted to step down with the title triple after a rough career.

"I hope we can make history," said munich’s head of defense and star player dante ahead of germany’s first final in the european royal class. Munich want to live up to their role as favorites, but BVB also presents itself as self-confident. "I believe that there is only one team in europe that can beat FC bayern at the moment. That’s us," the BVB manager said before departing for the english capital on a special plane on friday afternoon. The bavarian plane takes off about two hours early.

Klopp still refuses to give any insight into his modified personnel planning for the final after the gotze exit. On thursday, the team trained again in cold and rainy dortmund at a location that was not visible to media representatives. After the hype surrounding gotze, the dortmunders are placing great emphasis on undisturbed preparation. Above all, defensive chief mats hummels, who continues to make progress after his stretching in the aubenband. His defensive colleague neven subotic is already paying for the hours until kickoff: "this is a childhood dream that i actually believed would never come true."

Unlike borussia, munich’s final preparations were free of storms. After a record-breaking season in the bundesliga and a recent 11-0 overall record in the last four champions league games against juventus turin (quarterfinals) and a disenchanted FC barcelona (semifinals), munich believe they are ideally prepared. Nothing seems to be able to shake the belief in triumph in the battle for europe’s soccer crown.

Day by day, the team "built up more tension," reported midfield strategist schweinsteiger about the secret practice sessions. "You’ve seen that everyone wants to win, even in the training game," national goalkeeper manuel neuer added.

"It’s all up to us!" Announced schweinsteiger as head of the bayern squad before the kickoff of the german final at wembley stadium, which was sold out with 86,000 spectators. 2015 the final for europe’s crown returns to germany. Then, three years after the finals, there will be the final match in berlin’s olympiastadion.

Even after the alleged terrorist attack in london, both FC bayern and borussia dortmund are sticking to their schedules. On wednesday, two men killed a man on the street in the london borough of woolwich. According to prime minister david cameron, there are "strong indications" of a terrorist attack.

The probable lineups:

Dortmund: weidenfeller – piszczek, subotic, hummels, schmelzer – bender, gundogan – blaszczykowski, reus, grobkreutz – lewandowski

Bayern: neuer – lahm, boateng, dante, alaba – martinez, schweinsteiger – robben, muller, ribery – mandzukic

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