Bayern Mentally Stronger says former Bundesliga star Ballack.
By Oliver Wilson
Former Bayern Munich and Chelsea star Michael Ballack has backed Bayern Munich to topple Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s all German Champions League final at Wembley.
Bayern have been the powerhouse of European football this year and stand on the brink of a incredible treble this season having wrapped up the Bundesliga title already, with the Champions League final this weekend and the German Cup final against the an inferior VFB Stuttgart side on the 1st of next month. With comparisons being made to the great Munich side of the 1970’s Ballack feels this side could well be better then their counterparts of the past and see’s a great determination to finally break their Champions League final duck, after losing in 2010 to Inter Milan and last season’s final against Chelsea in Munich.
“I saw them play against Barcelona or Juventus you couldn’t feel any fear that they wouldn’t go into the next round,” said the retired defensive midfielder.
“That shows that the experience is there, they know their strength and it’s their moment. That’s why I cant see them struggling tomorrow.”
While the newly crowned Champions of the Bundesliga have a score to settle, their opponents on Saturday night are likely to have a slightly different mental attitude towards this weekend’s European finale, something that tips the scale heavily in Munich’s favour according to Ballack.
“They’ve [Dortmund] reached the final for the first time and maybe they are already happy to reach it. But to win it and just to go to the final is a big big difference and that’s where Bayern Munich have a advantage in a mentality point,” continued the now 36-year-old.
“Its normal for them [Munich], or not unusual for them, to be in a final and now they want to go to the next step.
“If you see how concentrated they [the Bayern players] are, how focused they are on the game, that was just a step against Barcelona, they want to win this trophy.
“For Dortmund it was already unbelievable to reach the final so that is a difference in where the clubs situations are. That is a point where Bayern Munich has an advantage because they already went through this process twice in the last few years.”
Ballack, much like Munich have recently, tasted defeat in the Champions League finals he participated in and knows exactly what both sets of players will be feeling heading into the evening’s titanic clash.
“You start again to get a little bit nervous. That’s normal in football. It’s the biggest moment in your life as a professional player and it’s difficult to explain.
It was special sense of nervousness [that Michael had in his finals] but there is also a strength and a confidence in yourself and your team that you have, but the other team has it as well.
“Both teams are a little bit nervous and not 100% free so a semi final is maybe much better to watch in history and that shows that the mind plays with you. In that moment it’s not easy to handle it and you have no secret to get over it. You’re human and especially when the nerves start it’s natural.”
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