Bayern Munich have a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lift the Champions League
trophy on home soil against Chelsea on Saturday, the German
club's coach Jupp Heynckes said on Friday.
Heynckes, who led Real Madrid to victory in the competition
in 1998, said it was his job to give both a sense of urgency and
of composure in his players.
Bayern Munich are the first team to benefit from home
advantage since the Champions League was inaugurated in the
The last time a team played at home in a European Cup final
was in 1984 when the visitors, Liverpool, beat AS Roma on
penalties after a 1-1 draw at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.
Only Real Madrid, in 1957 and Inter Milan, in 1965, have
lifted the European Cup in their home stadium.
"It is an historic opportunity. We will never relive it
again, to play the Champions League final in our home stadium,"
said the 67-year-old coach, in his third stint at Bayern.
"We could lift the trophy for the first time in 11 years.
Real's win [in 1998] was 32 years after their last one. This is
a great opportunity for us and I need to drive it through to my
Heynckes, however, warned that the hosts had only a "tiny"
advantage over their English rivals by playing at home.
"I do not share the euphoria that Bayern are the favourites.
Chelsea is a team with players who have won everything at a
domestic level and want to win the big prize now."
Chelsea lost in the final to Manchester United in 2008,
while Bayern were runners-up two years later to Inter Milan.
"What we should do in the final is continue our very good
home run in this competition. But we only have a tiny advantage
of playing at home."
A victory on Saturday for Bayern, who have won all seven
home games in the competition this season, would make Heynckes
the fourth coach, after Ernst Happel, Jose Mourinho and Ottmar
Hitzfeld, to have won the top European club prize with two
"I think it is my task through my long experience to
transfer a sense of composure and calmness to my players.
Tomorrow will be a dramatic game as both teams are in search of
What Heynckes would not like to experience on Saturday are
penalties, despite Germans generally enjoying a good record
against English sides when it comes to spot kicks.
"I hope we can avoid that. It would be our third match with
penalties this season and at my age I do not know if my heart
can take it," said Heynckes, blushing and laughing out loud.
Bayern needed penalties to oust Real Madrid in the
semi-finals and also advanced in the German Cup with a spot kick
victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Heynckes, however, ruled out practising penalties before the
final. "It does not make much sense to train for penalties and I
do not think we should do it. They have nothing to do with
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