Home advantage will not be a burden, insists Lahm

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Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm is confident that home advantage will be a help rather than a hindrance to his side's hopes of winning the Champions League on Saturday.

The Bavarians host Chelsea at the Allianz Arena as they seek to become the first side since Inter at San Siro in 1965 to win the European Cup in their own backyard.

The pressure is very much on Jupp Heynckes' men to deliver in front of their adoring Munich public and Lahm is confident that they will rise to the occasion.

"It's definitely a positive thing to play in our own stadium," the full back told reporters on the eve of Bayern's date with destiny.

"We know everything here so it has a positive effect on us. Being in your own stadium gives you a feeling of safety and security.

"It was our dream to make it to the final and here we are. We haven't quite finished yet, we want to win this cup and we have a tough job ahead of us but it's great to be here on home turf.

"I was born in Munich, I grew up in Munich and I joined Bayern at the age of 11, so this is definitely my home and when you look around the city everybody is happy; there's great anticipation."

Bayern's eagerly-awaited meeting with Chelsea at the Allianz Arena kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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