Zidane unsurprised by all-German Champions League final
Zinedine Zidane believes it is no surprise that this season’s UEFA Champions League final will be contested by two German sides.
Bayern Munich’s clash with Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday will mark the first time that two teams from Germany will meet in European club football’s biggest game.
And Zidane praised the success of the Bundesliga sides, indicating it is reward for their domestic performances in recent seasons.
“It’s logical. They are the two teams, if you look at their entire season, who deserve to play this final,” Zidane said.
“Success in German football is nothing new. As a nation, for a few years they have been playing at the highest level.
“They demonstrate that by playing in this year’s final. German football has always been there in the big competitions. It has always been part of the big occasions.
“I think Bayern have a slight edge, but only just.”
As a player, Zidane won the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships with France, but said his UEFA Champions League triumph with Real Madrid in 2002 was just as vital to him.
“Of course, there’s the World Cup, but we all know that the Champions League trophy is something that a lot of players would like to lift, so emotionally, it was very important for me to lift this trophy.”
Sat 25 May, 2013