Schweinsteiger wary of early barrage from 'aggressive' Chelsea

The Germany international has insisted that his side must be careful in defense on Saturday, while he and Philipp Lahm have hailed Franck Ribery as a real difference-maker
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has issued a warning to his side ahead of Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea.

After Bayern conceded multiple early goals in recent matches against Real Madrid and Dortmund, the vice-captain has urged his teammates to be careful against a Chelsea side that he feels will be aggressive.

"We will not yet reveal how we will line up, but we hope that we will survive the first few minutes without conceding," he told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

"We want to play our game, and we can. We've shown that, for example against Manchester City. I think that Chelsea will play more aggressively tomorrow than they did against Barcelona."

Saturday's match will mark Bayern's second Champions League final appearance in three years. Schweinsteiger feels that his team learned from its 2-0 loss to Inter, and will benefit from having Franck Ribery available to play after the winger missed the 2010 final due to suspension.

"I think that we took very important knowledge from that game. At the time we had a very aggressive style of defending and were duly punished. It was not easy to come back."

"Franck Ribery is also a factor. He was not there [in Madrid in 2010] and can make the difference tomorrow."

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm also hailed Ribery, and is certain that his teammate will be hungry to make his impression felt.

"He's an excellent football player who can decide games. He was missing two years ago and will therefore be very eager," Lahm said.

The right back agrees that his side has learned from its loss in 2010, but feels that for Didier Drogba & Co. the final will be extra special.

"For Chelsea, it is perhaps their last chance to win the title. For us, maybe not: the pressure is normal. Ultimately, belief in the title this year is much higher than in 2010."

Saturday's Champions League final kicks off from Munich's Allianz Arena at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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