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26 May 2013 18:16:58

Robben aiming for treble

Bayern Munich's match winner Arjen Robben insists the players are determined to add to their Champions League triumph and give their outgoing manager Jupp Heynckes the perfect send-off by securing a stunning treble next weekend.

A thrilling 2-1 victory at Wembley over Borussia Dortmund saw Bayern crowned European champions after finishing beaten finalists in 2010 and 2012. For Heynckes, the 68-year-old coach who is retiring at the end of the season, winning the Champions League adds to a record-breaking title win in the Bundesliga.

Now only Stuttgart in next weekend's German Cup final stand in the way of a treble. Dutch winger Robben, who made the first goal for Mario Mandzukic and scored a cool winner in the 89th minute, said: "This is the perfect season, and we can finish it off next week. If we win the cup final, then we will win the treble and that's our target."

He added: "I am very proud, proud to be part of this team and to finally win this Champions League is a dream come true."

Bayern's Germany midfielder Thomas Muller said the players would not rest on their laurels. He said: "We will enjoy this of course, especially because we were so sad last year when we lost in the final to Chelsea.

"But we want to keep going to the end of the season and win the cup as well for the boss.

"He has had an incredible career and this would be the perfect way to end it - in fact it's a good thing he has done this in his last season when he's 68, because if he was 25 he would have to end his career now at the peak!"

Robben and Manuel Neuer, two of Bayern Munich's outstanding players in the final, both donned T-shirts proclaiming: "Football's Coming Hoam" immediately after the final whistle.

'Hoam' is Bavarian dialect for home, and both Bayern and Borussia Dortmund played their part to the full in ensuring a wonderful occasion at Wembley, chosen by UEFA to host the final to mark the Football Association's 150th anniversary.

For Neuer, who is now challenging for the unofficial tag of best goalkeeper in the world, it was his first Champions League winner's medal to add to his first Bundesliga title. "To win two titles in one year is incredible, now we have a great chance of three trophies which is unbelievable," he said.


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