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The former Germany international feels that the time has come for the midfielder to step up, and thinks that Bayern are too predictable

Former Bayern Munich captain Stefan Effenberg, who guided the Bavarians to Champions League glory in 2001, believes that Bastian Schweinsteiger must rise to the occasion in Saturday's final against Chelsea.

The Germany international has endured a difficult season due to a string of injuries, but Effenberg has insisted that the time has come for Schweinsteiger to step up.

"There is a lot of hope resting on his [Schweinsteiger's] shoulders and he cannot buy any more time. He must play well now," Effenberg stated to Bild.

"Sooner or later, he has to be there to lead this team. I am keen to see whether he can cope with the pace. He must play intelligently."

The 43-year-old then went on to criticise Bayern for their predictable style of play.

"It is not good when you are always hoping that [Franck] Ribery and [Arjen] Robben won't get stopped.

"Given the quality Bayern have, they must be able to play other systems too. They are too predictable. A win in this game would save their season."

Saturday's final at the Allianz Arena kicks off at 20.45CET.

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