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Familiar territory

FCB camp senses slight home advantage

Finale dahoam, Bavarian dialect for the final at home: for the Bayern stars, Saturday's Champions League final fundamentally means nothing more than business as usual, with the same pre-match hotel, the same dressing room, the same dugout, the usual playing field and normal procedures. “Yes, it is an advantage," Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested to, “we're playing in our home town, and we know every last little detail about the stadium, practically every blade of grass in fact."

Jupp Heynckes also feels there is an slight edge in Bayern’s favour. “We're in our own dressing room, we have our customary hotel, we'll have our final pre-match workout here at the Säbener Strasse. These are all advantageous." Captain Philipp Lahm agreed: “We’re familiar with all of it. We'll sleep in the same hotel, we'll train on the same pitch, we'll transfer to our normal stadium. I'm approaching it like a home fixture."