Created on 02-05-2013 at 00:00 AM
As a fan, you'd rather not even think about the 2012 Champions League final in Munich. “It was brutal," shuddered Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, contemplating the shootout defeat to Chelsea on 19 May last year. But for the Bayern players, the bitter loss has been the ultimate source of their current success, said the club chairman in Barcelona on Wednesday evening: “This season’s consistency, quality and hot streak have grown out of losing last season's final."
A record-breaking Bundesliga campaign, a place in the domestic cup final and now the chance to win the Champions League: a nightmare is slowly but surely turning into the stuff of dreams. “We came so close last year, but we’ve come back even stronger. We've shown exactly the right reaction, from start to finish. Every player is extremely fired up," said Thomas Müller following a second gala in red and white against Barcelona in the space of just a week. “We've sent out a signal in this semi-final, and we don't want to be stopped now. We have a huge desire to pick up this cup."