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'We have a truly great team now'

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed May 19, 2010 6:15 pm

There are only three days to go until the showdown in Madrid, but Uli Hoeneß is unwilling to spend too much time thinking about the meeting with Inter, "because you could go mad doing so," the FCB President said on Wednesday at the Säbener Strasse. However, the 58-year-old is convinced Munich can lift the famous trophy, as he emphasised in a question and answer session, summarised here by

Q&A with Uli Hoeneß:

The final is on Saturday. Are you proud of what the team's achieved this season?
Uli Hoeneß: "I think we can be proud of the whole club and the amount of hard work that's gone into this success, but still with plenty of enthusiasm and flair. Everyone's rightly praising the team and the coaches, but the board, the department heads and the staff have all been magnificent too. The same goes for the medical unit, where Müller-Wohlfahrt and his people have done a fantastic job. The club couldn't be in better shape."

Bayern have always been seen as the example to follow in that respect, so what's the difference now compared to other less successful seasons?
"The last piece in the jigsaw has often been the only thing missing. After the experience brought by Jupp Heynckes, we looked for another experienced coach with unbeatable qualifications. What we now have is a top coach who's applied his hallmark to the players and the club. We've had folk saying they want to make every player better, every day. Louis van Gaal has done just that. Almost every player has improved immeasurably, both individually and as part of the team. That's the secret of our success. I have huge respect for what the coach is doing."

Are you already worked up about the final?
"No, because you could go mad doing so. And there's plenty of other work to do. But it'll change once we've tasted the Madrid air. It'll be different compared to the cup final in Berlin. This competition has a different level of quality and a different reputation. It won't fail to make an impression on me."

Have you had to console Franck Ribéry?
"I've not spoken to him, but I think he sensed how hard we fought on his behalf. We couldn't have done anything more. And with all the problems in his private life lately, I think he's noticed what it means to have a family as your employer. I think it's 'Advantage Bayern' in terms of his future."

Are you optimistic about Saturday's match?
"What I always say is this: to beat us, the other team will have to be better. I'm confident. Losing Franck hurts, but we came close to perfection in Lyon without him. Obviously, Inter are stronger than Lyon and probably stronger than Manchester United, but the results this season and the cup final has made us so confident, I think we may have become another grade better. For a long time, we said we were on the way to becoming a great team. I do believe we are one now. We're playing football the way a great team does."

Would defeat in the final change your assessment of the season?
"I don't believe we'll lose, but even if we did, it would take nothing away from this season. Where we've got to in terms of exuberance, passion and entertainment for the crowd, but also our turnover in merchandising, new sponsors and a new revenue record, is unbelievable."
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