- Associated Press - Friday, May 24, 2013

LONDON (AP) - Bayern Munich is trying to downplay being the favorite.

While Borussia Dortmund is eager to play up its chances to pull off the upset.

Even before the start of Saturday’s Champions League final, the German rivals are at odds in their approach to the biggest game in club soccer.

Bayern is approaching its third final in four years with the self-assured calm of a team in control after a season of dominance, while Dortmund is enjoying the role of underdog.

Bayern winger Thomas Mueller summed up his side’s mood on Friday, saying that the matchup is just “a normal Champion League game.”

“Of course you get goose bumps when you’re on the pitch and we know what’s at stake. We won’t let it drive us crazy though,” the 23-year-old said.

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm felt the same way.

“The players are the right age now, the right character. There’s nothing against us winning tomorrow,” said Lahm, who added that he wouldn’t be surprised if Bayern reached a fourth final in five years next season.

Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp is happy with one.

“If this is the only final in my life, this is the perfect place for it, and this is the perfect opponent,” said Klopp, who spoke of the honor of playing at Wembley Stadium.

Klopp said it was clear his team enters as the underdog, but he added that his players were determined to make the most of their opportunity.

“We will approach the game with unbridled enthusiasm, with huge motivation for the task, and with the knowledge it can all go to pieces,” Klopp said.

“But people have climbed Mount Everest knowing that they could fall 3 meters from the top and yet they still tried it. And that’s why we’re going to try too, and hope for good weather.”

Actually, London greeted both teams with traditional British weather, and the unrelenting drizzle helped contribute to traffic problems that delayed both sides’ arrival for their run outs on the pitch.

Klopp said the team received a police escort from the airport and “if we’re to make it on time for the game tomorrow we’ll need another. So if someone knows a policeman, please ask.”

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