A match worthy of any national final is in store when freshly crowned Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München meet German Cup holders Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal showpiece on Saturday evening in Berlin.
After securing the league title last Sunday, Bayern are looking to clinch a German league and cup double for the eighth time. Should they achieve that they could become the first German side to win the treble if they can overcome FC Internazionale Milano in the UEFA Champions League final on 22 May. "
We do not want just one trophy, but all three," Bayern striker Ivica Olić warned.
"This is a chance which doesn't come along that often in life, but it will not be easy," added Olić, who has recent experience of German Cup heartache against Thomas Schaaf's side. "Werder Bremen are in very, very good shape. Last year, I was knocked out of the German Cup semi-finals by them [while playing for Hamburger SV]. Now I have the chance to win it I will give everything to make that happen."
However, following their superb form at home and in Europe in 2010, it is Bayern who are acknowledged as clear favourites. "Bayern are the best team in Germany," said Werder's Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese, "but that is no surprise given that they have invested heavily before the season."
For the holders, the memory of last year's 1-0 win against Bayer 04 Leverkusen – thanks to a Mesut Özil goal – is not only still fresh, but providing inspiration. "The cup final last year was a great event," said Özil. "
We won, I scored and Werder had a title. We want a repeat of that. We won as a team and I scored the most important goal in my career so far. If we live up to our potential, this is possible again."
That is if they need inspiration with such fabled opponents in front of them. "There is nothing more beautiful than beating Bayern," said midfielder Torsten Frings. "Nobody is talking about us and that suits us. That give us even more motivation."
Bayern are aiming to lift the trophy for the 15th time, more than twice as many as any other club, but Schaaf is chasing a record of his own: a fourth cup victory as coach. "There is a certain danger of us seeing playing in the cup final as normal," Schaaf warned his men. Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger, meanwhile, epitomised the confidence in his side when he said: "I am absolutely convinced we will be able to impose our game on them and will be successful."
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