Arjen Robben said that scoring the winning goal in the Champions' League final for Bayern Munich had finally erased his tag as a loser. Having missed a penalty in last season's final on Bayern's home ground against his former club Chelsea, Robben made the first goal at Wembley for Mario Mandzukic and scored the winner with 90 seconds to play.
Having lost two Champions' League finals and World Cup final, he said: “For a lot of us this was the thing we lacked in our lives. After a World Cup final and two Champions' Leagues, you don't want the stamp of a loser. It's a sense of 'finally'. When you provide an assist and then score, it's a dream so it's all very difficult to believe.”
He said of last season's miss: “I tried to put it into positive energy. I always feel responsibility but it's a team sport and why we've reached the final i that we are a real team.”
Bayern's manager Jupp Heynckes has one more match, the German Cup final against Stuttgart on Saturday, before leaving the club but he believes his team have made history whether they complete a Treble or not. “In the whole history of the Bundesliga, no team has played such a consistent season at such a high level,” he said. “We've broken almost all records. We lost the final last season but didn't resign ourselves to our fate. We upped the ante. My team was determined to win this match because for players like Lahm, Schweinsteiger and Robben it was time to win something like this.”
The veteran coach said his players will be allowed to celebrate for a day or two but from Tuesday they will concentrate on preparing for the final. He also said that Bayern could be at the start of a new era and hinted that Robert Lewandowski will be joining them as well as his Dortmund team-mate Mario Gotze. “I don't think Lewandowski will be hanging around,” he said. “You have to be cautious but my successor (Pep Guardiola) will be able to take over a perfectly functioning team.”
Borussia Dortmund’s coach Jurgen Klopp promised that his beaten team would return for another Champions’ League final. He has already targeted the Berlin final of 2015 but would presumably not object to next season’s either.
Whether that is feasible without midfielder Gotze and probably leading scorer Lewandowski is debatable. But a proud Klopp, one of the coming men of European football, said: “I told the players we will come back for another final . At the moment it’s disappointment that prevails. I thought the team played a great game. They gave their all, defended well and deserved to equalise. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the Olympic city of London. Only the result is so sh*t.”
Klopp also felt that the Bayern defender, who had already been shown one yellow card, should have received another for the foul on Marco Reus that led to Dortmund’s penalty. “It was a great season for my team,” he added, “and now we have to have a holiday and then buy some players, because other clubs want our players. I think we’ll get a pretty decent team together.
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