On to the final trip! In its historic mission, FC bayern wants to complete its trilogy with victory in the DFB cup.
After the triumph at wembley, there was a lot of talk about soccer history, crowning, even immortality from the munich protagonists – now all that’s missing for the european giants is success on saturday against vfb stuttgart. "Everyone is still greedy and highly motivated to also achieve the third triumph this year. That would be the cup win," said coach jupp heynckes the day before kickoff. With the trophy, the 68-year-old will also complete his collection of trophies as he bids farewell to fubball’s record champion.
The rough stage in the olympic stadium is prepared for the first triple in german soccer history, which was not even achieved by the rough bayern teams around franz beckenbauer or oliver kahn. "They have already entered their names in the history books on saturday. Now you can make yourself immortal," declared CEO karl-heinz rummenigge with much pathos.
The irritations surrounding the national players dante and luiz gustavo, who have been ordered to brazil, should not stop anyone at the record champion from thinking about the champions league party. "We’ll make a direct broadcast to rio and then we’ll celebrate with them together," said heynckes, who was also miffed on this issue the day before the final match. But the focus should now be on the final alone.
"We have the rough possibility of achieving something unique that has never been done before in german history, to win the triple," captain philipp lahm also intoned almost statesmanlike words. The final spectacle will be broadcast in more than 170 countries. Joachim low, who coached the last of vfb’s three cup successes in 1997, will probably be sitting in front of the TV in the USA. "It’s clear that bayern now want the triple at all costs," said the national coach. "They can look forward to an entry in the history books."
All clear, then – if it weren’t for stuttgart, who could save a depressing bundesliga season with a sensation. "It takes a lot to win the cup against the best team in the world at the moment," said coach bruno labbadia, whose team needs a "great day in all areas" against the "nonplusultra". "We have to get to the limit to be able to stand up to bayern."
On friday, before his second final after 2009 (with leverkusen 0:1 against bremen), labbadia sang a true hymn to heynckes, the "role model for the entire coaching profession. He congratulated him and the entire bavarian team on what they had achieved so far. If it was labbadia’s tactic – these bavarians will not be lulled to sleep. Especially not when they think back to the humiliating 2:5 in last year’s showdown against dortmund. "We are certainly in a position to turn the lever and concentrate fully on the game," the 68-year-old heynckes emphasized before what will probably be the last game of his career. As a player, he won the cup in 1973; as a coach, he lost to FC bayern in 1984 with his team from gladbach, who this time won for the 19th time. Mal (15 successes) in the finale stands.
Eight bayern victories in nine cup matches against the vfb, including the final coup in 1986, plus repeated goal festivals in past duels – what could possibly happen to the munich team against the swabians?? "We must not make the mistake of believing that the cup has already been won. Stuttgart won’t raise the weibe flag, but will go full throttle," rummenigge warned on friday. On the contrary! "On this day, it’s simply the will and the fight that decide," martin harnik once announced fierce resistance.
Statements like these from the camp of the last-place team in this year’s fair play table do not disturb the number 1 in this tableau. "The people of stuttgart have to say something," replied a cool thomas muller; coupled with the hint that "of course it’s going to get down to business." With all power the champions league winner wants like celtic glasgow (1967), ajax amsterdam (1972), PSV eindhoven (1988), manchester united (1999), FC barcelona (2009) and inter milan (2010) the triple of championship, cup and kings class.
Even though rummenigge had spoken in the uberschwang after the wembley victory about having a chance even with 1.8 per mille, the former stuttgart lahm assured on friday that his value was "0.0". "No one will be on the pitch with anything approaching alcohol content," stressed national goalkeeper manuel neuer. The cup winner of 2011 (with schalke 04) has "really rough lust" for the much embraced endgame atmosphere. And the pot, yes that is actually reserved after a great career for the coach. "This title simply belongs to jupp heynckes."