• Bayern Munich midfielder driven on by defeat in 2010 final
• 'We're a better team now and have learned from that defeat'
Bayern Munich will be driven by a desire to make amends for defeat in the Champions League final two years ago when they confront Chelsea in this year's showpiece, yet their midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has acknowledged the considerable threat posed on Saturday by opponents eager to atone for their own recent disappointments in the competition.
Bayern welcome Chelsea to the Allianz Arena with expectations building in the city and memories still fresh from losing to Internazionale, then managed by José Mourinho, in the 2010 final in Madrid. Jupp Heynckes's side were eclipsed by Borussia Dortmund in both domestic league and cup competitions this term, results that have served to heap more pressure on them to go on and claim the club's fifth European Cup, though Schweinsteiger suggested Chelsea should be considered favourites this weekend.
"It was disappointing two years ago, when we faced a defensive side and were punished on the break," said the Germany international, recalling Inter's 2-0 success at the Bernabéu. "The team that makes the least mistakes wins games like that. We're a better team now and have learned from that defeat but it was still disappointing and that is another motivation for me going into this game. But then it is the same for the Chelsea players, who also lost a final.
"Those who were in Moscow [against Manchester United in 2008] will have the extra motivation. They will be the most dangerous and will know maybe that this is their last chance to win the title they unfortunately lost there. Players like [Frank] Lampard, [Didier] Drogba, Ashley Cole and [Michael] Essien. Drogba is a player who can get a goal out of nothing. He is probably their most dangerous player. And we should not forget that, if you beat Barcelona across two games, you must be a very good side. You can always beat Barcelona in a one-off game but across two legs is the mark of a good side. Because they did that they will actually be playing the role of favourites even if we are playing at home, which might also make a slight difference."
Schweinsteiger, capped 90 times and a mainstay for club and country, has not confronted Lampard directly since the World Cup knockout game in Bloemfontein in 2010 when the Englishman saw a goal denied, despite the ball crossing the line, and the Germans eventually prevailed 4-1. The Chelsea midfielder's goal would have completed a first-half comeback. "That game wasn't easy," said Schweinsteiger. "If Lampard's goal had counted – sorry, his 'shot' – it would have been 2-2 and who knows what happens then? Think what kind of effect that would have had on England.
"It's possible I will be in direct confrontation again with Lampard on the pitch on Saturday and I have huge respect for him. Everything he does in the game has an effective use, it's always thought through. He's similar to Xabi Alonso [in that] he plays with his eyes. In my opinion it would be a mistake for England not to use him at the Euros because, if you get to the Champions League final, you can surely help the team through the European Championships."
There remains the possibility of England and Germany renewing their rivalry at those finals, with Schweinsteiger stressing that Roy Hodgson might draw inspiration from Joachim Löw's team as he seeks to mount a challenge. "I always think England should be considered one of the favourites," added the midfielder. "But you have to play as a unit, not as a group of individuals, if you want to win something. England have very good individuals but maybe they are not so good as a unit. Like Germany are.
"Look at Argentina in 2010: they had great individuals but they didn't play as a unit. Why did Dortmund win the championship here in Germany? Because they play as a team and, maybe, Bayern were more a group of individuals. If we had played the whole of the season as we did in the two semi-final games against Real Madrid, we would be [league] champions now."