Chelsea pain will spur us on, says Bayern defender Badstuber
13:31 GMT, 18 September 2012
Bayern Munich will begin their Champions
League campaign against Valencia on Wednesday full of confidence after their best start to a season in 12 years – when they went on to win the
European title against the Spanish team.
Bayern's dramatic loss on penalties
to Chelsea in the Champions League final May prompted the German giants to embark on a spending spree.
Back with a bang: Bayern Munich have made an impressive start to season
Bayern has won their first five
competitive matches of the season with a club record 12 goals from its
opening three Bundesliga games.
'It was a game that you never forget, it stays with you a lifetime,' Bayern defender Holger Badstuber said of the match against Chelsea. 'It was a heavy blow but we've coped with it. Every player took his own conclusions from it. It should spur us on and not hamper us. It's a new season now. We have new targets to aim for.'
Bayern last won the Champions League in 2001, when Mauricio Pellegrino – now Valencia coach – missed the decisive spot kick in the final to give the Germans their fourth title.
'It was a huge disappointment from a sporting point of view, absolutely,' the 40-year-old Pellegrino told Kicker magazine..
'But it's also a good memory, because I was there for one of Valencia's biggest nights.'
French side Lille hosts Belarusian champions BATE Borisov in Group F's other match. Bayern defeated Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup to end their two-year trophy drought in August, and then enjoyed a 4-0 win over Jahn Regensburg in the German Cup before getting their league campaign off to a perfect start.
'It can go on like that. It should go on like that,' Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said.
High hopes: Bayern's head coach Jupp Heynckes
Bayern's last – and only – loss at home to a Spanish team in the competition came 10 years ago, when Deportivo La Coruna recorded a 3-2 win. The Bavarian team has 13 wins to show from 19 home games with Spanish sides.
Valencia has only won once in 11 games in Germany, five years ago against Schalke.
But no Bayern player is underestimating Valencia.
'They're a very good team, not Madrid or Barcelona, but not very far off,' said Arjen Robben, who is doubtful for the game with a back injury.
Franck Ribery, who also missed Bayern's 3-1 Bundesliga win over Mainz on Saturday, is more likely to play after overcoming muscular problems.
However, Mario Gomez, who last season scored 13 Champions League goals, is still out after undergoing surgery on his left angle. Defenders David Alaba, Rafinha and Diego Contento are also ruled out.
Offseason signing Mario Mandzukic is proving himself an able deputy for Gomez, contributing six goals in the five games while the Germany striker is absent. Peru striker Claudio Pizarro can also step up.
Hot shots: Bayern Munich have scored 12 goals in three games
Bastian Schweinsteiger played his second successive league game on Saturday and seems to have put his injury worries behind him, while record-signing Javi Martinez came on with 15 minutes remaining against Mainz to set up Bayern's third goal.
Pellegrino also has injury worries with defender David Albelda, midfielder Fernando Gago and winger Pablo Piatti all out.
After drawing at Real Madrid in their opening game, Valencia earned a much-needed first victory in the Spanish league on Saturday when they beat promoted Celta Vigo 2-1.
'The team arrives in good form to Wednesday's game in Munich,' Pellegrino said. 'We have to take the smallest chances up front and stay fully concentrated at the back. Above all, we have to pace ourselves for the whole game.'
Lille and BATE Borisov are meeting for the first time and the French side hopes to it can improve their defence after a lacklustre start to the league.
Little drew 1-1 at newly promoted Troyes on Saturday after conceding a sloppy equalizer with two minutes remaining in a match they had dominated.
'We've conceded at least one goal per game since the league started,' Lille coach Rudi Garcia said. 'But in terms of commitment and team spirit I have nothing to reproach the players for. We just need to try and push forward more, we need to be more consistent.'
Lille's record at home in the Champions League in impressive, with just one defeat in 12 games.