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Raring to go

Fired-up FCB vow to seize ‘historic chance’

Friday's training session at the Säbener Strasse was closed to the public, but several hundred fans still flocked to the club's headquarters – and this was hours before the first star player arrived. The press conference at the Allianz Arena was a standing-room-only affair. The city is abuzz with feverish excitement and euphoric anticipation. And to cap it all, the sun beat down from Bavarian blue skies. The scene could not be better set for the 2012 Champions League final between Bayern and Chelsea on Saturday evening (Live in English from 8.45 pm CET on Web Radio).

“It's a historic chance for us," FCB head coach Jupp Heynckes told a throng of around 200 reporters. Bayern have already made history by becoming the first team to reach the final at their home ground, “but now we're aiming for the crowning glory," Heynckes said. Victory over the Blues would be Bayern's fifth triumph in Europe's elite club competition, making them the joint third most successful club in its history alongside Liverpool and after Real Madrid and AC Milan.