Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has said he is relishing leading his team out at Germany's "Wembley" as his side look to make history again against Bayern Munich in tomorrow's DFB-Pokal final.
"I've dreamed of this as a boy, for me it's like Wembley. We will perform as if it were Wembley or Wimbledon, or whatever," said Klopp ahead of first cup final at Berlin's Olympiastadion. "This is the best that German football has to offer. No one will want to miss this game, between these two teams in this stadium, this is the best sport has to offer."
Dortmund are bidding to win the domestic league and cup double for the first time in their 103-year history. Whilst Klopp could not resist comparing Germany's showcase domestic match to England's FA Cup final, the German finale will be screened in more than 150 countries and the Olympic Stadium has long since been sold-out.
Having won the German league title for the second year running, Dortmund set the Bundesliga records for the most points accrued in a season, 81, and for the longest unbeaten run, 28 matches, in a single campaign.
But UEFA Champions League finalists Bayern are smarting after losing their last four games to Dortmund stretching back to February 2010. "We have lost four times, that's enough," said coach Jupp Heynckes, who took over at Bayern's helm at the start of the season. "It's about a title and we want that trophy."
With Munich's Allianz Arena hosting this year's Champions League final the following Saturday between Bayern and Chelsea, Heynckes admits it is not easy for his team to focus solely on the Berlin final. Another defeat at the hands of Dortmund would hurt the Bavarians and dent confidence ahead of their next final against Chelsea.
The pre-match smiles of Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl and Klopp were juxtaposed sharply with the stern expressions worn by Bayern captain Philipp Lahm and Heynckes. Should Bayern fail to win any silverware in the next ten days, this will be the first time since the 1995/96 campaign that they have gone two seasons without winning a trophy.
"We want the title. If you don't win anything at Bayern Munich, that is not a good season," admitted Bayern's Germany captain Lahm.