Mats Hummels aims to beat Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final and show those who have left the club they made the wrong choice.
The Borussia Dortmund defender has seen two members of the side that won the Bundesliga last season depart the club.
Shinji Kagawa went to Manchester United last year, while Mario Goetze will join Bayern ahead of the 2013-14 campaign – and Hummels wants to show them what they are missing by winning at Wembley.
“If they keep taking our players (Bayern are always going to be strong),” he said. “Tomorrow we need to show those who would like to go to Munich that they will be missing out on something.”
Under Juergen Klopp, the club won back-to-back titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and although they finished 25 points behind Bayern this time around, Hummels was delighted to reach their first UEFA Champions League final since they last won the tournament in 1997.
Hummels began his career at Bayern before he moved to Dortmund in 2008 and he spoke of his pride at the development his new club has made in the recent years.
“The club could have ended as a fiasco,” he said. “The stadium might have been turned into a monument. Instead, it has risen from the ashes.
“Football is a religion in Dortmund. Bayern may have won a lot of fans and a lot of trophies because of the incredible number of good decisions they have made.
“But now there is another story. Along has come another club that is pretty good as well.”
Despite the recent departures, and the rumours regarding the future of other members of the squad, Hummels knows that they will get strong replacements in the squad and push for the title again next season.
“We do have money to get good players,” he added. “But there are other clubs who can spend more money. We have to take a different position.
“What we have grown in the last five years has been amazing, it could only have been done at this club. That is why things are so emotional for us, compared to other places where success is normal.”