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Berlin, here we come

Bayern launch last leg of treble assault

Berlin, here we come! The Bayern squad set off for the German capital on Friday morning in advance of Saturday evening's DFB Cup final against VfB Stuttgart, when the Reds can crown an outstanding campaign by adding the cup to the Bundesliga and Champions League trophies. “We're fired up for the match. We want the treble," declared chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge prior to takeoff from Munich.

However, with the club still basking in the glow of two victorious campaigns so far, Rummenigge warned the players not to think the final at the Olympic Stadium would take care of itself. “We mustn't make the mistake of thinking we've already won the cup. Stuttgart won't run up the white flag, they'll give it everything." However, continued the chairman, “the team is very focused and motivated," and clearly determined to win the third major prize of term.

The party on board the Lufthansa charter jet included a squad of 18 players. Apart from long-term injury victims Holger Badstuber and Toni Kroos, boss Jupp Heynckes is without Brazilian duo Dante and Luiz Gustavo, who have been released in time to play for their country at the Confederations Cup, and Emre Can, a recent promotion to the Germany U-21 squad who is set to feature at that age group’s European championship. Even without the missing stars, FCB are confident of recording a 16th triumph in the domestic knockout competition.

After landing in Berlin, the players will transfer straight to the team base in the city centre and will have lunch. At 2 pm, Heynckes and captain Philipp Lahm will take questions at the official pre-match press conference at the Olympic Stadium. The final training session before kick-off takes place at the stadium from 5 pm, with Stuttgart due on the field after Bayern.