Ribery eyes career high
Franck Ribery says the Champions League final on Saturday is the biggest game of his career and winning it would be a dream come true.
Last Updated: 14/05/12 5:44pm
Franck Ribery says the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday is the biggest game of his career and winning it would be a dream come true.
The 29-year-old was part of the 2010 Bayern Munich team that was sunk by two goals from Diego Milito as Jose Mourinho went on to lift the trophy again with Inter Milan.
And Ribery, a runner up with France in the 2006 World Cup, has vowed to win it for the club hierarchy like president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Franz Beckenbauer.
"Of course there is the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro tournament," he told Kicker. "But this Champions League final will be the most important fixture of my career.
"We are able to win it, but we could also lose it. Playing Chelsea will be perhaps the most difficult match.
"They (the club hierarchy) are extraordinary people, they love this club above all.
"Their life is Bayern. My dream is to win this title for this club, these people. That would be special."
Chelsea will not be at full strength for the game, but Bayern Munich will go into the match with selection headaches of their own according to club legend Beckenbauer.
The London side will be without skipper John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles for the match through suspension while Florent Malouda has joined David Luiz and Gary Cahill on the doubtful list through injury.
But the German side will be missing defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo and left winger David Alaba through suspension with Bastian Schweinsteiger struggling to be fit for the end of season showpiece in their stadium.
Bayern are also reeling from the 5-2 thumping they received at the weekend from Dortmund in the German Cup final, leading to Beckenbauer voicing his concerns over the prospect of a trophyless season for the club.
"I assume that (Thomas) Muller will come into the starting XI," he wrote in Bild. "With (Franck) Ribery, Muller, (Arjen) Robben, behind them Schweinsteiger and (Toni) Kroos we would have a crazily attacking midfield. But perhaps also a somewhat unpredictable one.
"With Schweinsteiger you sense that he is still not 100 per cent fit after his injury.
"But despite the debacle against Dortmund, the Champions League final is not lost by a long shot. And I would not like to imagine that Bayern will be without a single title at the end."