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Bayern Munich eye glory

The Netherlands international wore the Blues jersey from 2004 until 2007, before leaving for Real and eventually joining Bayern in the summer of 2009. And he confessed that he revels in facing his ex-employers.

“We’ve already beaten Madrid, of course, another former club of mine, and hopefully Chelsea will be the second,” Robben stated to uefa.com.

“It’s always special to play against your former clubs and I had a great time at Chelsea —  three years, a lot of success and just a great time. It’ll be good to see their people again, but hopefully we’ll be happier than they are after the game.”

The 28-year-old is eagerly anticipating tomorrow’s game in Munich, and acknowledged that it is an honour for the club to play the final in their own stadium.

“This is one of the biggest clubs in Europe, with a great history, and it always has been. To reach the final and to play in your own stadium is something really amazing and a dream come true for many people within the club.”

However, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer admits his side will have to stop the threat of Didier Drogba to have a chance of winning the Champions League.

The German giants meet Chelsea in the final at their Allianz Arena stadium.

The Blues booked their place in the final following a magnificent defensive display when down to 10 men against Barcelona in the Nou Camp, but Neuer expects them to adopt a more attack-minded approach in Munich.

“Chelsea are tactically very well schooled and they showed that in both games against Barcelona,’ the Germany international said.

“I don’t think they are going to be as defensive against us as they were against Barcelona.

“That is not to say they will go all out attack, but they will probably play a controlled attacking style.”

Neuer feels keeping 34-year-old Drogba, who caused the Catalans plenty of problems, quiet will be key for a Bayern side missing centre-back Holger Badstuber and left-back David Alaba, as well as holding midfielder Luiz Gustavo, through suspension.

“He is a very good striker and has a strong physical presence and he knows how to put himself about,” Neuer said.


“We have seen this season in the Champion League how dangerous he is.”

Tomorrow’s final in Munich kicks off at 8.45pm  Zimbabwe  time. Goal.com/DailyMail.

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