BECKENBAUER BEMOANS BAYERN MIDFIELD
Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has offered Chelsea hope ahead of Saturday's Champions League final by declaring the German club's midfield unpredictable and Bastian Schweinsteiger not fully fit.
Bayern go into the final at their Allianz Arena stadium in Munich on the back of a humiliating 5-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final.
They will be missing defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo and left-sided player David Alaba through suspension against Roberto Di Matteo's men, and Beckenbauer admitted he has concerns over their probable midfield.
Writing in the Bild newspaper, the club's honorary president said: "I assume that (Thomas) Muller will come into the starting XI. With (Franck) Ribery, Muller, (Arjen) Robben, behind them Schweinsteiger and (Toni) Kroos we would have a crazily attacking midfield. But perhaps also a somewhat unpredictable one."
Schweinsteiger has been hampered by injury over the season, most recently by an ankle problem.
"With Schweinsteiger you sense that he is still not 100% fit after his injury," Beckenbauer said.
He added: "But despite the debacle against Dortmund, the Champions League final is not lost by a long shot. And I would not like to imagine that Bayern will be without a single title at the end."
Ribery has claimed he wants to win the Champions League for the club hierarchy like president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Beckenbauer.
"They (the club hierarchy) are extraordinary people, they love this club above all," the France winger was quoted as saying in an interview with Kicker.
"Their life is Bayern. My dream is to win this title for this club, these people. That would be special."
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