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Friday 26 December 2014

Sam Allardyce, Tony Pulis and Roy Hodgson will know Bayern Munich took the direct route to Champions League victory

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25:  Captain Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen lifts the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final match against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Captain Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen lifts the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final match against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben scores the winning goal during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich players celebrate as they lift the UEFA Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich's Philip Lahm lifts the UEFA Champions League trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Captain Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen lifts the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final match against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Captain Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen lifts the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final match against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Muenchen lifts the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League final match against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrate on the pitch after the final whistle as Borussia Dortmund players look dejected during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich players celebrate on the pitch after the final whistle as Borussia Dortmund players look dejected during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Bayern Munich fans in the Bavarian Beerhouse bar celebrates their team winning in their Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on May 25, 2013 in London, England. Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 to win The Champions League final at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund (R) consoles his players after losing the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Head Coach Jupp Heynckes of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after winning the UEFA Champions League Final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen players celebrate after winning the UEFA Champions League Final against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen (C-R) celebrates with team-mate Thomas Mueller after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen scores a goal past Marcel Schmelzer of Borussia Dortmund (R) and Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund (L) during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen (L) celebrates with team-mate Philipp Lahm after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen celebrates with team-mate Thomas Mueller after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Kevin Groskreutz of Borussia Dortmund is shown a yellow card by Referee Nicola Rizzoli during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's Dante (right) after a foul on Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, resulting in a penalty during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Borussia Dortmund's IIkay Gundogan scores his teams first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Borussia Dortmund's IIkay Gundogan celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich's Bonfim Dante (left) fouls Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus (right) resulting in a penalty for Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich's Bonfim Dante (left) fouls Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus (right) resulting in a penalty for Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic (left) reacts as he scores his teams first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic (right) scores his teams first goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund scores a goal from the penalty spot past Manuel Neuer of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund scores a goal from the penalty spot past Manuel Neuer of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund (L) celebrates with team-mate Marcel Schmelzer after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Bayern Munich fans in the Bavarian Beerhouse bar celebrate as their team scores in their Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on May 25, 2013 in London, England. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are playing the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Borussia Dortmund fans in the Bavarian Beerhouse bar celebrate as their team scores from a penalty in their Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 25, 2013 in London, England. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are playing the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund (L) celebrates with team-mate Jakub Blaszczykowski after scoring a goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen scores a goal past Marcel Schmelzer of Borussia Dortmund (R) and Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund (L) during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen scores a goal past Marcel Schmelzer of Borussia Dortmund (R) and Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund (L) during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen (C-R) celebrates with team-mate Thomas Mueller after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund scores a goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen scores a goal past Marcel Schmelzer of Borussia Dortmund (L) and Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen celebrates with team-mate Franck Ribery after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen scores a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen scores a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen scores a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen scores a goal during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Flares are set off in the stands during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski lays on the floor as Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery (right) appeals to referee Nicola Rizzoli during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben (centre) has a shot on target during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski (left) and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund attempts a shot past Manuel Neuer of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Bayern Munich fans (L and 2L) watch a tv screen in the Bavarian Beerhouse bar with a Borussia Dortmund fan (R) on May 25, 2013 in London, England. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are playing the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: A Bayern Munich fan watches a tv screen showing the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund in the Bavarian Beerhouse bar on May 25, 2013 in London, England. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are playing the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Javi Martinez of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (2nd L) and team-mate Jerome Boateng during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Javi Martinez of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund and team-mate Jerome Boateng during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans set off flares during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen attempts a shot past Roman Weidenfeller of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen attempts a shot past Roman Weidenfeller of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen reacts during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen reacts during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans set off flares during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen (R) in action with Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen (R) in action with Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Javi Martinez of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans set off flares during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Dante of Bayern Muenchen is shown a yellow card during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Marcel Schmelzer of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans set off flares during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Neven Subotic of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Borussia Dortmund fans watch a tv screen showing the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in the Bavarian Beerhouse bar on May 25, 2013 in London, England. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are playing the Champions League final at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: The Borussia Dortmund team line up ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Head Coach Jupp Heynckes of Bayern Muenchen (R) and Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund gesture during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Head Coach Jupp Heynckes of Bayern Muenchen (L) and Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund gesture during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Jakub Blaszczykowski of Borussia Dortmund reacts during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: (L-R) Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund, team-mate Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: (L-R) Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund, team-mate Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with David Alaba of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (R) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen (R) in action with Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Lukasz Piszczek of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Javi Martinez of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Head Coach Jupp Heynckes of Bayern Muenchen (L) and Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund gesture during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen (L) speaks with Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen in action during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen (L) reacts after Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund goes down during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with David Alaba of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen reacts during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (R) in action with Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek (left) and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger (right) is tackled by Borussia Dortmund's Kevin Grosskreutz (centre) during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben (right) has a shot deflected by Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski (left) and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Borussia Dortmund's Jakub Blaszczykowski (16) has his shot saved by Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp gives instructions to his team from the touchline during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich team group prior to kick-off during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Referee Nicola Rizzoli avoids the ball as Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (L) and Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen look on during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Marcel Schmelzer of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Marcel Schmelzer of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund's Neven Subotic (right) and Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller (left) battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Players from both teams shake hands before kick-off during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (left) watches from the stands alongside President of the German Footall Association Wolfgang Niersbach (right) during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich players line up prior to kick-off in the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013
Borussia Dortmund fans show their passion in the stands during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Borussia Dortmund fans in the stands during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
A Bayern Munich fan in the stands holds a banner thanking London for hosting the Olympics and Champions League Final during the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
Bayern Munich fan Ariane Henniger (right) and Borussia Dortmund fan Nadine Schreiver pictured at Yager bar in central London before the Champions League Final at Wembley, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 25, 2013.
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Neven Subotic of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen (C) in action with Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund (R) during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: (L-R) UEFA President Michel Platini and German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Dante of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Ilkay Gundogan of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (C) in action with Dante of Bayern Muenchen (R) during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (L) in action with Javi Martinez of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: A general view of the opening ceremony ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: The FC Bayern Muenchen team line up ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: A general view of the opening ceremony ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen (L) in action with Neven Subotic of Borussia Dortmund during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: A general view of the opening ceremony ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: (L-R) UEFA President Michel Platini, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the German Footall Association Wolfgang Niersbach look on prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: (L-R) UEFA President Michel Platini, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the German Footall Association Wolfgang Niersbach look on prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Uli Hoeness President of Bayern Muenchen (L) and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Paul Breitner ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: A general view during the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Uli Hoeness President of Bayern Muenchen looks on ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Uli Hoeness President of Bayern Muenchen ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: (L-R) UEFA President Michel Platini, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the German Footall Association Wolfgang Niersbach look on prior to the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Borussia Dortmund fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: An FC Bayern Muenchen fan ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Borussia Dortmund fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: An FC Bayern Muenchen fan ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: An FC Bayern Muenchen fan ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: An FC Bayern Muenchen fan ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Borussia Dortmund fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: FC Bayern Muenchen fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Borussia Dortmund fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 25: Borussia Dortmund fans ahead of the UEFA Champions League final match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Muenchen at Wembley Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

There was inventiveness, fluidity, variety and a high level of individual skill on show at Wembley on Saturday night, but one aspect of the Champions League final may have drawn a wry smile from the likes of Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce. Both goals scored by the new European champions followed long balls lofted down the middle.

Bayern Munich's first goal began with a goal-kick punted forward by Manuel Neuer; their second came from a free-kick chipped into space behind the back four.

What followed in each case was more intricate. Mario Mandzukic muscled his way underneath the dropping ball from Neuer, played it off his chest into the path of Arjen Robben, who released Franck Ribéry. Robben kept running, making a smart break behind the Borussia Dortmund defence that Ribéry picked out; Robben then squaring for Mandzukic to tap in.

The second was even more direct. Ribéry reached Jérôme Boateng's free-kick – hit from his own half – ahead of Lukasz Piszczek and, with Thomas Müller making space with a clever run, played a neat back-heel to Robben, who burst past despairing tackles to score.

Each goal featured nimble dribbling, good movement and aware passing, but began with a ball that Barcelona never play – as did Robben's first-half chance that Roman Weidenfeller saved with his face.

Bayern played long quite often, aiming for Mandzukic then supporting him in numbers. The Croat's role underlined the validity of comments made by the England manager in Saturday's match programme.

"Big centre-forwards will never go out of fashion," said Roy Hodgson, though their brief, he added, had changed. "Today's No 9 needs pace, mobility and the ability to hold the ball up and provide time for team-mates to get forward and support him. We still want him to act as a focal point for attacks, giving defenders that are under pressure the chance to play a long ball forward, but we also expect him to make runs that threaten the back of the opposing defence and to be in a position in the penalty area to attack crosses."

Hodgson, who selected Andy Carroll for the England squad to play the Republic of Ireland and Brazil this week, only for the forward to withdraw through injury, added: "In the past the classic 'target man' may have got away with being somewhat immobile, but today's No 9 needs to be a superb athlete with the strength to hold off defenders and the pace to threaten behind them."

It was not just Mandzukic's performance that will have absorbed Hodgson. For all the plaudits Barcelona have attracted in recent years there is a school of thought that suggests English football should not try to copy the Barça way. Culture and climate make tiki-taka hard to emulate in the UK. Our game has far more similarities with German football, which is more physical than the Spanish and played at a higher tempo. English football has been guilty of following whatever is in fashion but there is logic to studying Bayern and Dortmund, with their aggressive mixture of direct play and individual skill, and examining what lessons can be drawn from them.

Hodgson will also have noted, though, that the dribbling was provided by a Dutchman and a Frenchman. The wide players in the German national team, such as Lukas Podolski, André Schürrle or Müller, tend to be tactically disciplined, powerful runners and good finishers rather than pacy, jinking dribblers. The same could be said of the options at Hodgson's disposal. It seems players like Robben and Ribéry, who can change and win matches, are as rare in Germany as in England – which is something for the Germany coach, Joachim Löw, to ponder as well as Hodgson.


 

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