Defeat will ruin Chelsea, warns Bayern's Ribery

May 18, 2012, 11:03 IST | PA Sport

Bayern ace Ribery has started with the mind games ahead of Saturday's showdown with Londoners for Europe's biggest prize

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not contemplate losing Saturday’s Champions League final, according to Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery.

Cheeky: Bayern Munich’s French winger Franck Ribery. PIC/afp

The Frenchman is looking forward to appearing in his first Champions League final after missing out due to suspension against Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan two years ago, but he knows Abramovich has been waiting even longer to get his hands on the prized piece of silverware. “Abramovich has wanted to win the Champions League for so long,” he said.

“If they lose it on Saturday then it will be brutally tough. It would ruin them in the head and really lower morale.”

Negative thoughts are not passing through Ribery’s mind either, though, as he looks to put a disappointing domestic season behind him with Europe’s ultimate club prize.

Bayern finished runners-up in the Bundesliga and lost to the league champions Borussia Dortmund 5-2 in the final of the German Cup last Saturday, which is why another disappointment does not even bear consideration.

“We are definitely not thinking about losing,” he said. “If you lose, then you are distraught. If we win the Champions League, then we can forget about not winning the league or the cup this year.” 

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