It's Chelsea against the world! Bayern chief claims 'home' win is what the people want
15:45 GMT, 28 April 2012
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has received messages of support from colleagues throughout Europe backing his side to beat Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 19.
The even ticket allocations to both finalists mean Bayern cannot really expect home advantage to be clear in the stands of their Allianz Arena home, but Rummenigge reckons many neutrals around the continent will be rooting for his team.
Rummenigge, who has been one of the most active supporters of UEFA's financial fair play initiative and is a strong critic of the trend of billionaires buying and funding football clubs, said: 'Since Wednesday night, I have received an incredible number of text messages and emails from colleagues throughout Europe.
Home comforts: Bayern Munich are playing in their second Champions League final in three years, and this time it is at the Alianz Arena
Leading by example: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (centre)
'They like that we are in the final with the philosophy that we have. They feel we deserve the title. And there are many non-Bayern fans who will be keeping their fingers crossed for us.'
And Rummenigge feels his side deserve the title too, although he knows Roberto Di Matteo's Blues will want it at least as much as Bayern.
'Our team would deserve it because of the incredible will that they have,' he told the Bild newspaper. 'But I would warn against getting too euphoric and thinking that we have already done the hard work and now we have an easier game on our hands.
'For Chelsea, this is an incredible chance to end what has not been a really satisfying season with a huge success. We must not underestimate that.'
Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes would join an exclusive group including Ottmar Hitzfeld and Jose Mourinho to have won the title with two different clubs if the Bavarians were to win.
Rummenigge expects him to last longer than he did after leading Real Madrid to the title in 1998, when he was dismissed just six days later, and he cannot see him walking away after his biggest triumph.
'Jupp is not like that. He doesn't have such thoughts,' Rummenigge added. 'If he wants, he could even stay longer – beyond the end of his current contract in 2013.'