Champions League - Loew: Bayern loss could hit Germany

Tue, 15 May 13:34:00 2012

Defeat for Bayern Munich against Chelsea in Saturday's Champions League final would hit German confidence ahead of Euro 2012 next month, national team coach Joachim Loew said.

German national soccer coach Joachim Loew and captain Philipp Lahm (R) address a news conference ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifying match against Austria in Duesseldorf, August 30, 2011 - 0

Bayern, who lost to Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final last week, are eyeing their fifth European crown when they take on Chelsea in Munich. Eight of Bayern's squad will then join the national team, preparing in Italy, on May 25.

"If they lose again in a final, after their league and German Cup losses, in their own stadium... then disappointment would be great which I think would mean I would need to give them (Bayern players) two or three more days to process that," said Loew.

"They would then need a bit longer to find their motivation but they would find it. Because the Euros are also a huge target. But a defeat would be, I think, a bit of a low blow for us," he told the German football association in an interview.

Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer, defenders Holger Badstuber, suspended for the final, Jerome Boateng and Philipp Lahm as well as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller, Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez have been called up for the tournament co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

"To win the Champions League title would be important, it would be an historic achievement," Loew said.

"That would be super for our players because they would join us fully motivated and would find their rhythm immediately because of that motivation."

Three-times European champions Germany, looking for their first title since 1996, have started preparations in Sardinia this week with less than half of the players called up.

The players from doubles winners Borussia Dortmund are arriving later on Tuesday following their 5-2 German Cup win over Bayern on Saturday, while Real Madrid's Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil will join them in a few days.

"The preparation start is a bit unsettled. A training session on tactics is a bit difficult at the moment," said Loew, who will be in charge for his third tournament after leading Germany to a runners-up spot at Euro 2008 and third place at the 2010 World Cup.

"It is not easy, so we will have to see how we can do it. We are flexible, we will make it but time is very tight."

Germany take on Portugal, Denmark and Netherlands in Group B of the tournament which kicks off on June 8.

Reuters

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  1. I doubt that one has any influence on the other .

    From Brianne Hendricks, on Wed 16 May 15:28
  2. BAYERN MUNICH BAYERN MUNICH BAYERN MUNICH

    From , on Wed 16 May 8:11
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    And I repeat--- even GOD can't stop Bayern beating­ Chelsea!

    From Harold, on Tue 15 May 23:39
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    Even GOD can't stop Bayern from winning!

    From Harold, on Tue 15 May 23:38
  5. No 3, Duggan---Arsenal will ALWAYS prevail over your­ lot---when did u last finish above the gooners?

    From Harold, on Tue 15 May 23:37
  6. If Bayern (2nd in the Bundeslige), can't beat­ Chelsea (6th in the Premiership), & playing on­ their home pitch---- frankly, Bayern need to be shot! ­ Bayern could field TEN only, & still win---should­ be SO SO easy for the Bavarians!

    From Harold, on Tue 15 May 23:35
  7. i hope Bayern Munich beat Chelsea for Spurs in Champion­ league

    From Edward Duggan, on Tue 15 May 20:04
  8. Absolute rubbish!!! They are well drilled and well­ trained professionals. When their focus ends on one­ tournament, be it in defeat or victory, the focus then­ shifts to the next tournament - in this case Euro 2012.­ Even if England progress from the group stages, we­ will get opponents from the group containing Italy­ & Spain!! Not just a plane ticket home but a real­ spanking too for good measure. I personally think that­ the Germans will be the team to beat this summer and as­ an Arsenal fan, I am looking forward to watching­ Podolski.

    From Tony, on Tue 15 May 16:10
  9. im sure the same applys for England if Chelsea lose...

    From Portgas D. Gunner?, on Tue 15 May 15:42
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