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Schweinsteiger: It's entirely up to us

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu May 23, 2013 5:20 pm

Two days prior to the eagerly-awaited showdown with Dortmund at Wembley, Champions League final fever has gripped the Bayern camp. "We all want to go to London and get the game started," said Bastian Schweinsteiger on Thursday lunchtime, around 56 hours prior to kick-off. "You sense the focus in the squad," reported the club vice-captain, "it's entirely up to us whether we win or not."

Shortly before Schweinsteiger faced the press, the players were put through their paces in Munich for the last time. Jupp Heynckes ordered his men to practice a variety of attacking plays and set pieces. The next and last workout before the match is at Wembley on Friday evening, "and that's when we'll really work on building up positive tension," the boss revealed.

However, it's impossible to overlook the fact that his players are already buzzing with intent, although the requisite element of calm preparation is still there, said Dante: "We're very excited, but on the other hand we're very relaxed, because we've been so consistent this season. We've worked hard in recent weeks and our confidence is high."

Aiming for perfection

Schweinsteiger also spoke of the belief which has steadily grown in the course of an outstanding season. "We've taken a massive stride towards perfection, and we're aiming for a perfect performance in the final," the midfielder said, "for me, the decisive factor will be everyone working hard and running for the others when we don't have the ball." Schweinsteiger is confident of victory: "If we play to our potential, it's very hard for anyone to win against us."

The watchword at the club now is to rely on proven strengths, although that does not mean FCB will take their opponents lightly. Naturally, the coaches and players know Dortmund exceptionally well from the Bundesliga, Schweinsteiger commented, but detailed preparations were still essential. "Because we can still do some things better," advised the 28-year-old, "this is why the coaching staff and indeed the players are talking to each other a lot."

Intensity guaranteed

The vice-captain is expecting Saturday's encounter to be similar to the DFB Cup quarter-final between FCB and BVB three months ago. "It'll be very intense and very high paced. The fight will go on until the dying seconds." Heynckes is taking a similar view: "To begin with, both teams will be looking to keep it absolutely solid."

Everyone in the Bayern camp can hardly wait for kick-off on Saturday. "I'm really looking forward to the match, because I know how good we are and what a strong team we have," Schweinsteiger said confidently. "I hope we make history," added Dante. Only two days to go now!
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