Heynckes claims last year’s final exit made Bayern more determined and stronger
Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes claims losing the Champions League final to Chelsea last year has turned out to be the perfect motivation for his side to win the coveted European trophy this season.
Bayern Munich faced defeat in the Champions League final in a penalty shootout at their home, Allianz Arena. Since being denied the dream to acquire Champions League glory, Bayern Munich have marched back into the competition stronger than before.
Jupp Heynckes steered the Bavarians to the earliest Bundesliga title in history this season. The German boss also led Bayern Munich to a 4-0 lead over Barcelona, making the German outfit hot-favorites to qualify for the Champions League final at Wembley.
An impressive lead over Barcelona has provided Bayern Munich with a strong opportunity reach their third Champions League final in the past four seasons. Jupp Heynckes admits last year’s heartbreak has proven to be a superb catalyst of improvement for Bayern Munich.
“When you experience a final like we did against Chelsea, then you understand all the consequences,” Jupp Heynckes said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the semifinal against Barcelona at Nou Camp.
“Some clubs give up, but everyone at Bayern reacted in a very positive way. We made changes, signed good players, modified some things and strengthened the team spirit.”
Jupp Heynckes asked his men to forget about their achievement at Allianz Arena when they set foot on the Nou Camp field. The German boss warned his men against under-estimating their opponents, but asked them to continue with their attacking style of play.
“We can't think too much about the first leg result. After the match we can evaluate things, but I cannot say which team is the better one. Barcelona have played at such a high level for so many years. Bayern want to prove the match in Munich wasn't a one-off,” Jupp Heynckes added.
“I have said that in Munich and I will say it again. Those are two top clubs meeting at eye-level. Barcelona remain one of the best teams in the world for me. And we have to prepare accordingly.
“We should not be casual about this game. My team will play like in Munich, and attack courageously. We will alter our style of play. One thing is for sure: We are not a team that only defends. We can play creatively up front. That's what we want to try.”