Retiring Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has given Borussia Dortmund his backing ahead of the Champions League final at Wembley, stating that they are the underdogs – just as Liverpool themselves were when they won the trophy in 2005.
Writing for the Daily
Liverpool faced AC Milan in Istanbul in 2005, and came back from a three goal deficit to clinch the trophy on a penalty shootout, and this game is still considered one of the best Champions League finals in living memory.
Carragher believes that, owing to Bayern’s heavily fancied status, Dortmund will be able to go out there and enjoy the occasion as opposed to feeling insurmountable pressure to deliver the trophy and the glory.
He writes: “Nobody gave us a chance of beating AC Milan in Istanbul, so that meant we could enjoy the occasion. Winning the biggest trophy in club football went beyond our wildest dreams. Bayern, in contrast, will in some ways be dreading this match as the pressure on them is immense.
“Dortmund have had the edge in recent years — they are undefeated in the past six Bundesliga games and secured last year’s German Cup with a 5-2 win. Bayern, meanwhile, have lost two of the past three Champions League finals.
“Having that sequence extended to three out of four would be a major embarrassment. Bayern Munich are THE club in Germany and to lose the prize they crave most to a team from their own country would be a savage blow to their esteem.”
Bayern were last year’s runners up in the competition, losing out to Chelsea. They were also the victims of that famous evening in 1999 when Man United came from a goal down to score two in injury time to claim the crown, and an historic treble.