Van Buyten: Champions League final at the Allianz Arena is a unique opportunity

The veteran central-half has admitted that Europe's top club competition is a one-of-a-kind tournament, and that Jupp Heynckes' men are eager to make amends for the defeat in 2010
Bayern Munich defender Daniel van Buyten is of the opinion that playing the Champions League final at the Allianz Arena is a unique opportunity.

The veteran 34-year-old centre-half has recovered from injury and is in Jupp Heynckes’ squad for the crunch tie in Bavaria against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Belgian defender feels that pressure is on Jupp Heynckes’ men to win due to their home advantage, but insists that they will turn this into motivation.

"On our way to the final two years ago it was like one big party with lots of great memories, apart from losing that game against Inter of course," he told the official Fifa website.

"In emotional terms it was amazing to play in a Champions League final and to feel the passion of the fans, so I guess it’s going to be even more special when you’re in your home city and playing in your own stadium.
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"So yes, that puts pressure on you, but that pressure can become a big source of motivation," he claimed.

Despite stating that the Bavarians went into this season aiming to achieve domestic glory, Van Buyten admits that the Champions League was just as important for Bayern Munich.

“We went into the season looking to win everything. It was just as important for us to win the league title back and lift the German Cup as it was to go as far as we could in Europe.

"All the same, you have to say that the Champions League is the most prestigious trophy. Bayern has the chance to win the Bundesliga every year, whereas you get a lot less opportunities to win the Champions League.

"It’s a lot more difficult because you’re up against the best teams from each country. It’s a unique competition," he confessed.

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