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Mounting excitement

Müller & Co looking forward to Berlin

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Two days, then the showdown begins. “Everyone is starting to feel tense,” Jérôme Boateng reported some 55 hours before the DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund. “All our senses are starting to tingle. Important matches are always great to play,” Thomas Müller added.

On Thursday afternoon the Bayern pros trained at the Säbener Strasse for the last time this season. Later this evening they will make their way to Berlin. Everyone is looking forward to the match. “I think we will show what German football has to offer, as the two best teams face each other,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said, expecting a “hard fought and emotional” match between the champions and the runners-up.

“We’re ready for the match, where we won’t be expecting any gifts from our opponents,” Müller said. He thinks no-one should compare this match to the Bundesliga meeting won 3-0 by Dortmund four weeks ago. It is more likely to resemble the Champions League final last year, or the first Bundesliga match six months ago – which ended 3-0 for Bayern. “That game had the feeling of a final, because the league hadn't been decided yet.”

Home from home for Boateng

The FCB forward, who leads the DFB Cup scoring chart with seven goals, knows that the team “subconsciously” took it easy after winning the title, which was also sealed in Berlin. “We haven't been on fire for the last couple of weeks, like we were previously. It’s taken a little bit of the gloss off the season,” Müller said. “Now we have to let the sun shine through once again.”

“We have to play to the best of our ability and concentrate for the full 90 minutes, maybe even more,” Boateng said, looking forward eagerly to the game. The centre-half, who grew up in Charlottenburg near the Olympic Stadium, will have support from the stands in the form of friends and family.

“Everything started there,” added Boateng, who played his first Bundesliga matches for Hertha BSC Berlin seven years ago. In the red shirt of Bayern, he has won two titles (the DFB Cup in 2013 and the Bundesliga title in 2014) at his former stamping ground. “Securing a third title at my old ‘office’ would be huge, it’s a great opportunity,” the defender said. Two days to go…