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Bayern Munich Hope To Crown Season With Treble

posted 31 May 2013, 09:41 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 31 May 2013, 09:42 ]

Bayern Munich hope to crown their season by becoming the first German side to win the Bundesliga, Cup and Champions League treble while coach Jupp Heynckes sharply criticises Brazil after defender Dante and midfielder Luiz Gustavohave to miss Saturday's German Cup final against VfB Stuttgart.

BERLINGERMANY (MAY 31, 2013) (REUTERS) -  Having smashed a plethora of records and steam-rollered the likes ofBarcelona and Juventus, all-conquering Bayern Munich can crown their season by becoming the first side to win the Bundesliga, Cup and Champions League treble on Saturday (June 1).

Saturday's Cup final opponents VfB Stuttgart, who finished in the lower half of the Bundesliga after their familiar winter slump, are all that stand between Bayern and what chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge described as "immortality".

The match at Berlin's Olympic stadium will be the last for Bayern's 68-year-old Jupp Heynckes before he makes way for Pep Guardiola, who could not have a more difficult act to follow.

"During my long career I have never coached a team which works so professionally and which also gets along so superbly with each other," Heynckes told reporters inBerlin, on Friday (May 31) a day before the German cup final.

"I think a team can't play the soccer we play if the players among each other don't get along so well," Heynckes said.

The numbers speak for themselves. Bayern won the Bundesliga with a record 91 points from 34 games, including only one defeat.

They clinched the title with an unprecedented six matches to spare and finished 25 points clear of Borussia Dortmund, another best.

And last weekend they won the Champions League, defeating Dortmund in the final at Wembley.

Ahead of this Saturday's game, Heynckes sharply criticised Brazil after Bayerndefender Dante and midfielder Luiz Gustavo were forced to miss the German final after being called up to represent their country against England on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.

"I have rarely seen players who were so disappointed and lost for words. These players lived for and prepared the entire year for the Bundesliga championship, theChampions League and of course also for the German Cup," Heynckes said.

"All of a sudden, two days before the final, they are told no, you have to go to your home country to participate in an unimportant preparatory game."

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) wanted Dante and Gustavo to be available 14 days before the Confederations Cup, as stipulated by the rules of world soccer's governing body FIFA. The eight-team tournament starts on June 15.

Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart meet at Berlin's Olympic stadium on Saturday (June 1) for an 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) kick-off.

Meanwhile Stuttgart manager Bruno Labbadia and skipper Serdar Tasci backed their side to cause an upset on Saturday.

"Bayern Munich is the absolute world class team this year," said Labbadia. "There is no doubt about it. They play extraordinarily well in all areas. They have two men for every position and they simply do a very good job. So we know how strong an opponent they are, but we also know that anything can happen on any given day, and we hope it will be that day tomorrow."

Tasci added: "We will play the current Champions League winner and obviously it won't be an easy game. We need a perfect day but anything can happen in a game."