Berlin: Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has said their 3-0 victory at Barcelona in the Champions League was inspired by the will to help embattled club president Uli Hoeness, who is caught up in the middle of a tax evasion scandal.
"The team and I played especially for Uli Hoeness," said Heynckes with Munich set to face Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on May 25 after Bayern beat Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate.
"In recent times, he has had to endure the most unlikely of things.
"I did all I could so that we would win the game for Uli, it is his team which has been so successful."
Hoeness, 61, a close friend of Heynckes, has come under increasing pressure to resign as president after it emerged he was arrested on March 20, then released on bail for five million euros ($6.5 million) by tax officials investigating a Swiss bank account in his name.
In an interview on Wednesday with weekly newspaper Die Zeit, his first since the scandal broke, he said he has endured many sleepless nights and is going through "hell" since the scandal broke, leaving him feeling ostracised.
His situation has fuelled a national election-year debate about tax evasion while there have been calls for him to resign. Reports last Friday suggested Bayern's executive board are considering asking him to step down until the investigation is concluded.
Hoeness has admitted to gambling heavily between 2002 and 2006 but says there is no link to the account under investigation and the accounts of German champions Bayern.