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Bayern ready for 'more than a cup final'

May 29, 2013
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Bayern Munich have got back to the business following their Champions League triumph at the weekend as they prepare for Saturday's German Cup final and the prospect of a historic treble.

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Bayern take on Stuttgart at Berlin's Olympic Stadium having already wrapped up the Bundesliga title and the European Cup, the fifth in their history, this season. Despite beating defending champions Borussia Dortmund by 25 points in the league and the same opponents at Wembley on the continental stage, Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer insists his side will not let the chance to become the first German side to win all three major trophies pass them by.

"All the emotions connected with winning the Champions League must not lead to us passing up a historic chance," he said. "On this occasion it's much, much more than just a cup final.

"We must seize this historic chance by the scruff of the neck. We have to work up a head of steam and positive tension for this final.

"I'm looking forward to it just as much as I was looking forward to the Champions League final. I've never been in a final in Berlin, and I also have no need to find out what it's like to leave the pitch after coming second."

Arjen Robben, Bayern's match-winner at Wembley, echoed those sentiments before revealing the flood of congratulatory messages he received for his late decider which included those former Chelsea team-mates John Terry, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech.

"I'm expecting a tough match," the Dutchman said. "Stuttgart will throw everything they have at us. We'll be asked all the usual questions again.

"Sometimes you are the hero and sometimes you are the villain. When you score a goal like this, you all of a sudden have many more friends. But people who called me when things were not so good last year mean more to me.

"Sometimes you lose and it is quite awkward. That's why I am able to relish it even more now. It was super moment to put an end to a lot of things."

Robben missed out on Bayern's first training session since the final on Tuesday, completing a regenerative session on the exercise bike.

"I heard team training wasn't exactly up to the highest standards today, but I think that's normal," he said.