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Hungry and motivated

Bayern poised for the incredible treble

The giant screens flanking the podium at the pre-match press conference were showing highlights of Bayern's victories on the road to the DFB Cup final. There were five victories in total, against Regensburg, Kaiserslautern, Augsburg, Dortmund and Wolfsburg, with 17 goals scored and only one conceded. Jupp Heynckes grinned at Philipp Lahm, an expression conveying pride in what has been achieved so far, simple pleasure at just being in Berlin, and a note of grim determination. “We're all still hungry and totally motivated. We want a third triumph this season," said Heynckes on the eve of Saturday's cup final against VfB Stuttgart. Victory would see Bayern add the glittering finishing touch to a truly outstanding season and become the first German club to win the fabled treble.

“It's a huge chance to achieve something unique, something which we've never had before in German footballing history," Lahm told reporters at Berlin Olympic Stadium. Despite all the glory so far, there has been no falloff in the players’ desire and greed for success, as Manuel Neuer reported in Munich the previous day: “You notice it in the dressing room: we're still hungry! We're really, really enthusiastic. We want to keep it up and win the next trophy."