Champions league: German rivals face Wembley showdown

Wembley stages on Saturday night the first all-German final with FC Bayern Munchen seeking to make up for last year’s disappointment at the expense of Borussia Dortmund, reports. Bayern will arrive in London determined to erase the pain of losing last season’s final at their home stadium. Having also lost the 2010 showpiece, the Bavarian side will be hoping to get the better of a Dortmund team they have already beaten to this season’s Bundesliga title. Bayern, seeking their fifth European crown, beat FC Barcelona convincingly in the semi-finals but Jurgen Klopp’s enterprising Dortmund outfit overcame Real Madrid CF in the last four and are bidding to repeat their 1997 triumph in their only previous UEFA Champions League final appearance. Bayern are seeking to join Liverpool FC on five European Cup wins and become the joint-third most successful club in the competition’s history behind Real Madrid CF and AC Milan. The clubs have met in 100 competitive fixtures with 45 wins for Bayern, 26 for Dortmund and 29 draws. “We want to fight for our life,” he Jurgen Klopp, Borussia coach told “The Telegraph” before Saturday’s final. “We want to make our parents proud. We want to do everything we can do to win this final. If we win, we are not best team in the world – but we beat the best team in world!” In his turn, outgoing coach Jupp Heynckes, who won the Champions League with Real Madrid in 1998, said that the trauma of the lost 2012 final has only made Bayern stronger. “Mentally, we’re unbelievably stable. Nothing can throw us out of our stride. We have only one target, to win the big cup! Nothing can knock us off course,” the 68-year-old told DPA.

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