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Cup defeat forgotten

FCB switch focus to final on home turf

Disappointment continues to shroud the Bayern camp following the sobering 5–2 DFB Cup final defeat to Dortmund. Shortly after returning from Berlin on Sunday lunchtime, the players, coaching staff and directors went their separate ways to mull over the events of “a very bitter and disappointing evening," as Christian Nerlinger put it, in order to come to closure with the experience as fast as possible.

“We'll talk about the match this evening and tomorrow," director of sport Nerlinger commented at Berlin Olympic Stadium in the aftermath of the DFB cup reverse, “but as of the start of the week our focus will be on Saturday, when we'll have to summon up all our energy." ‘Saturday’ of course means the Champions League final against Chelsea on Bayern’s home patch.

“We can't now spend the next three days lamenting what happened in the cup," agreed defender Jerome Boateng. “Obviously we're disappointed, but it doesn't help. We have to pick ourselves up and carry on," chimed in striker Mario Gomez, stating a clear target for the final match of the campaign: “We want to win the Champions League, and that's what we have to focus on now."

Biggest game of the season

Preparations for the big game began on Monday morning. “We want to reap our reward for an outstanding campaign in the Champions League," stated Nerlinger, “we've beaten Spain's most successful club and the English champions. We genuinely dominated those matches. This final outshines everything else."

Following a detailed analysis of the cup final, coach Jupp Heynckes led his men out onto the training ground on Monday under clear skies and with the sun beating down. The only men missing were captain Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben and Gomez, who each completed an individual training programme. Lahm pounded out the miles on an exercise bike, with Robben and Gomez lapping the training ground.

Müller pledges total focus

“The mood was certainly a little subdued," revealed Thomas Müller following the first workout of the week, but there is no time for the licking of wounds. “The good thing is that we now have a massive game ahead of us, so we have to move on simply because of that," continued Müller. He and the rest of the squad practised a variety of match situations in short-sided games on reduced-sized playing areas.

The group included Daniel van Buyten, who made a comeback from a four-month injury lay-off last Friday in a 70-minute appearance for the reserves. The stars now have the day off on Tuesday, “to clear our heads," Müller reported, “but as of Wednesday we'll be 100 percent focused on the Champions League final."