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Chelsea pain will spur us on, says Bayern defender Holger Badstuber

Chelsea pain will spur us on, says Bayern defender Badstuber

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UPDATED:

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

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

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

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.

London 2012 Olympics: Adam Gemili runs fast 100m

From football wannabe to Olympic sprinter – Gemili is Britain's bolt from the blue

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 3 June 2012

Adam Gemili’s heart was set last year on becoming a professional footballer. The teenager’s goal after this weekend may be to run in the Olympic Games in London.

Gemili, a full back on the books of League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge, rose to the top of the year’s British 100 metres rankings when he ran inside the Olympic selection qualifying standard, not once but twice.

In heats at a meeting in Regensburg, Germany, he opened with 10.11sec, inside the 10.18sec which Britain’s Olympic selectors are demanding and which has so far defied all Britain’s experienced sprinters.

Leader of the pack: Adam Gemili is the only Brit to set the A standard in the 100m

Leader of the pack: Adam Gemili is the only Brit to set the A standard in the 100m

In the final he improved to 10.08sec, the fastest time ever run by a European 18-year-old — and he was last out of the blocks. Only Dwain Chambers among Britons has ever run faster as a junior, but he was 19 at the time.

‘When I ran my heat and saw I’d run 10.11 I jumped in the air while still slowing down. The physios told me to calm it down else I’d injure myself,’ said Gemili, whose previous personal best was 10.23sec.

‘So I was a bit calmer after the .08 but it was still the best feeling in the world. It feels really good to have run the A standard but more so to be a junior and have done the time.

‘It shows other juniors what can be done and not to think only seniors can do it. They can compete at that level, too.’

Gemili, who was born in London of Moroccan-Iranian descent, played on loan last season for Blue Square Bet South side Thurrock. The former Dartford Grammar School pupil was at Chelsea for seven years from the age of eight and said last year that football would always come first but now he is less sure. ‘This year may decide,’ he said.

Decisions, decisions: Gemili (right) also has hopes of pursuing a football career

Decisions, decisions: Gemili (right) also has hopes of pursuing a football career

His aim for the summer was the world junior championships in Barcelona. He tops the world rankings for that after his Regensburg runs but having achieved the Olympic qualifying standard twice he has only to finish in the first two at the trials in three weeks to win a place in London.

Chambers, Marlon Devonish and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Britain’s trio in last year’s world championships, have all failed so far to achieve the standard. Chambers takes another run at it in the Paris suburb of Montreuil on Tuesday.

Gemili later anchored to victory a British relay team that featured Christian Malcolm, 15 years his senior. Malcolm celebrated Sunday’s 33rd birthday a day early when he won the 200m in a selection qualifying time of 20.46sec, while Anyika Onoura became the first of Britain’s specialist women sprinters to qualify in the 200m with a time of 22.93sec that equalled her career best.

To put Gemili’s achievement into context, just 10 days ago he tweeted: ‘Hope in the end all of this is worth it because right now I’m feeling a bit lonely.’

The weekend’s outstanding British performance belonged to Olympic gold medal contender Mo Farah. He ran the year’s fastest 5,000 metres in 12min 56.99sec in the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene. As significant was victory by a margin of five seconds over fourth-placed Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, the Olympic champion and world record holder.

Brit special: Mo Farah set the fastest 5,000m time in the world this year

Brit special: Mo Farah set the fastest 5,000m time in the world this year

‘He’s a great athlete; we should never doubt him,’ said a respectful Farah, last year’s world champion.

But Farah’s last lap in only 56.2sec was too much for his rivals, Isiah Kiplangat Koech, training partner Galen Rupp and Bekele who finished in that order behind him.

‘I think Mo is the best distance runner in the world right now,’ said his American coach Alberto Salazar.

At the same Diamond League meeting Shara Proctor, the long jumper forced to bid for British selection by Olympic rules that deny recognition to her British Dependent Territory island of Anguilla, beat both world champion Britney Reese and Olympic champion Maurren Higa Maggi with a jump of 6.84m. Two more jumps of 6.75m and 6.74m were also beyond anything the two champions could achieve.

‘With that being only my second competition, I’m looking to go further his summer. I feel like I’ve got a lot more to come,’ said Proctor, who comes to Europe to compete in Oslo on Thursday.

Less pleased with the Eugene meeting was European triple jump champion Phillips Idowu. He injured himself on his third attempt and retired, finishing third in a competition won by world champion Christian Taylor.

One British record did fall as US-based Barbara Parker reduced the 3,000m steeplechase record set by Helen Clitheroe at the 2008 Olympic Games by almost five seconds in 9min 24.24sec.

London Olympics 2012: Adam Gemili amazed by sprint time

It was amazing, says teenage whiz Gemili after sprinting into Olympic contention

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UPDATED:

16:20 GMT, 3 June 2012

Adam Gemili admitted he struggled to contain his excitement after his stunning breakthrough run of 10.08 seconds lifted him to the top of the British rankings.

On the up: Adam Gemili came second in the Inter Boys 100m in 2010. Now he's on the verge of an Olympic place.

On the up: Adam Gemili came second in the Inter Boys 100m in 2010. Now he's on the verge of an Olympic place.

Eighteen-year-old sprinter Gemili,
a promising footballer who was a member of the Dagenham and Redbridge
Academy squad last season, achieved the Olympic A standard twice at the
Sparkassen Gala in Regensburg, Germany, on Saturday, running 10.11secs
in the heats before going even quicker to win the final.

The time is significantly quicker
than his more established countrymen like Dwain Chambers have gone this
season and is the second fastest by a European athlete this year, behind
only France's Christophe Lemaitre.

'When I crossed the line in 10.08 it was the most amazing feeling in the world,' the Blackheath and Bromley athlete said.

'When I ran my heat and saw I'd ran
10.11 I jumped into the air whilst I was still slowing down. The physios
told me to calm it down else I'd end up injuring myself.

'So I was a bit calmer after the .08 but it was still the best feeling ever.'

The Londoner, who smashed his previous personal best of 10.23s, also became the second fastest British junior of all time.

His time lifted him above Mark
Lewis-Francis, a former world junior champion, on the Great Britain
junior all-time list, with only Chambers' 10.06 set back in 1997 ahead
of him.

Gemili trains under Michael Afilaka,
who also coaches former world indoor silver medallist and 2008 Olympic
finalist Jeanette Kwakye.

'Training with Michael and his group, I've learned so much from him and the whole group are brilliant,' he said.

'Jeanette Kwakye is brilliant as a
training partner but also as a role model, having been to an Olympic
final and having a world medal. It's just been such an eye-opener.'

On the ball: Sprinter Gemili also plays for Dagenham & Redbridge

On the ball: Sprinter Gemili also plays for Dagenham & Redbridge

Gemili, who won silver at last year's
European Junior Championships in Estonia, is the second Briton to
achieve the A standard of 10.18 this year after James Dasaolu, meaning
the likes of Chambers could have their work cut out to make the team.

Dasaolu, 24, ran exactly 10.18 in France last month.

Gemili added: 'It feels really good to have run the A standard, but more so to be a junior and have done the time.

'I hope it shows other juniors what
can be done and not just to think only seniors can do that, they can
compete at that level too.'