Not since Roma qualified for the 1984 tournament decider at the Stadio Olimpico has a side had the benefit of home advantage in the biggest club game in world footballBayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes is urging his troops to seize the day ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea, pointing out that they are unlikely to have the opportunity to lift the trophy on their own turf ever again.
With the tournament decider taking place at the Allianz Arena, the Bavarians are in contention to become the first side since Inter at San Siro in 1965 to win the European Cup in their own stadium.
Heynckes is therefore hoping that home advantage will prove a source of inspiration for his players, rather than a burden.
"We have the chance to win the Champions League after 11 years, and in our own stadium," he told reporters at his pre-game press conference on Friday.
"Many clubs with rich traditions have to wait a long time to win this competition and we may not get this chance again. To play the final in your own stadium is a fantastic opportunity.
"I'm going to talk to the team and perhaps drive the team bus through Munich, see everything with red and white flags and talk with the people. That would be fantastic preparation for a Champions League final.
"[Bayern president] Uli Hoeness said two years ago that he had a dream. The dream was to play the final of the Champions League in our own stadium. We've made it.
"We may have a tiny advantage from playing at home in our own stadium, and we'll have our own dressing room etc ... so we know every blade of grass on the pitch, and that could make a difference."
Roma were the last side to contest a European Cup final on home soil, in 1984, but the Giallorossi were left heartbroken after losing out to Liverpool on penalties.
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