Franck Ribery In Confident Mood Ahead Of Champions League Final
The 30 year old winger is teeming with confidence ahead of the all-German encounter at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Ribery thinks that Bayern’s familiarity with its Bundesliga foe will prove to be the difference in the showpiece event on Saturday afternoon.
“We know Dortmund inside-out,” he began. “If we’re all willing and ready to give our all than we’ll emerge victorious.”
Bayern has made it to three out of the last four Champions League finals and lost out on penalties in front of its own fans at the Allianz Arena last year.
Ribery admits that they must not tighten up in the biggest game of the club soccer calendar.
“It will be crucial not to put too much pressure on ourselves,” he said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever make the Champions League final again, which is why we want to give it everything we got to finally hoist the trophy.”
Bayern finished a whopping 25 points ahead of Dortmund in the Bundesliga standings and Ribery believes his team is better but refuses to underestimate Jurgen Klopp’s side, which beat Real Madrid in the last four to advance to the final.
“Put simply, we are stronger. But Dortmund is a difficult side to play against. I was impressed with how they beat Real Madrid in the semis.”
Bayern advanced to the semifinals with an impressive 7-0 aggregate win over Barcelona and are seen by many as the favorites ahead of the crunch clash.
Bayern and Dortmund have squared off on four different occasions in the 2012-13 campaign, with the Bavarians winning two and drawing two.
Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery hopes his team can add to its recent dominance of Borussia Dortmund with a win in the Champions League final on Saturday.