LAMPARD: THE MIDDLE MEN

Much focus will be on the forward lines selected by the two clubs just one win away from lifting the European Cup on Saturday, but Frank Lampard is anticipating a fascinating contest in the centre of the park.

The Chelsea vice-captain is a veteran of the 2008 Champions League Final and was the scorer of three goals over the two legs of our previous meeting with Bayern Munich in 2005. Bastian Schweinsteiger is the only survivor in their current side from that quarter-final and Lampard is relishing going head-to-head with the German international again.

'It is not only about [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribery - you can talk about many players,' he says.

'For me Schweinsteiger and [Toni] Kroos are fantastic players, they are two of the best midfielders in the world this season. The attacking three for sure are important but in midfield I have a lot of respect for them.Manuel Neuer is one of the best goalkeepers in the world too.

'We will look at them as a team and look at their strengths and their weaknesses,' he adds.

'We have to try to deal with their strengths, quite evidently the strikers and the wingers they have in particular, but as a team they are very strong and we will have to look at ways we can hurt them.

'We are missing big players but we have a strong squad and it is the same for Bayern. They are missing players that are very important to them, so it is the same for both teams.'

What is also in the balance is the effect playing in the Allianz Arena will have on the game reckons Lampard.

'Bayern know the pitch and the dressing rooms, and we feel very comfortable at Stamford Bridge, but with a game this big, whether the pressure decreases or increases who knows? We will only know the answer to that with the result I suppose.'

Looking back on his previous Champions League Final, the penalty shoot-out defeat in Moscow, Lampard says:

'No-one wants to lose a final, but I have good memories of the occasion itself, it was a fantastic game to take part in, but it was a bad memory to lose it and one we want to put right.'

The match programme for the game is now available in the Megastore at Stamford Bridge.