Bayern Munich's Lahm backing Ribery after Madrid misery

Updated: 19 May 2012 10:23 IST

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm is backing France's Franck Ribery to make up for his misery in Madrid two years ago by helping the Bavarians beat Chelsea in Saturday's Champions League final.

Munich:

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm is backing France's Franck Ribery to make up for his misery in Madrid two years ago by helping the Bavarians beat Chelsea in Saturday's Champions League final.

Ribery missed the Champions League final for Bayern two years ago in Madrid after a red card in the semi-final against Lyon meant he was a spectator when Munich lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan.

Bayern host Chelsea at Munich's Allianz Arena in Saturday's showcase final and Lahm says Ribery has what it takes to win the final and exorcise memories of his Madrid disappointment.

"He's an outstanding football player who can decide matches, we've seen that and we know it," said the 28-year-old Lahm.

"He was not there at the Champions League final two years ago therefore it's important to have him back.

"It's important that all players live up to performance level, but Franck will chip in what he can."

Ribery scored the opening goal in Bayern's 2-1 home win in the semi-final against Real Madrid before Munich won the return at the Bernabeu and the Frenchman is relishing his chance for redemption.

"It wasn't a good situation for me two years ago and I felt bad about it," he said.

"I can make up for the missed final because I have a second chance. The final in Munich means I can finally banish the memory of Madrid."

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