Munich - He had two throws of the dice and his number failed to come up on either occasion. Ivica Olic was a UEFA Champions League finalist in 2010 and again in 2012 - and has two runners-up medals to show for it.

“That’s very difficult to get over,” acknowledges the Croatian forward, who now plies his trade for VfL Wolfsburg. “which makes me hope all the more that it doesn’t happen to Bayern for a third time. It’s a tough road into the final and Bayern followed it more impressively than ever this season.”

In interview with, talks about the weight of expectation at FC Bayern and his compatriot , as well as revealing what he believes will be the decisive factors in the final. Ivica Olic, does this Champions League final have a greater significance for FC Bayern, given that they they lost the last two?

Ivica Olic: Yes, I think so. Every player who was involved in those two finals will still have them in the back of their mind. And it's a big factor, as there are only three or four new faces on the team. They'll want to take the title home with them this time, and they’ll do everything to make it happn. Is it more important for Bayern than Dortmund to win the Champions League?

Olic: Having reached the final, Dortmund will also want to win it. BVB have a super team and they’ve shown often enough against Bayern that they have the quality. They perform consistently well and can beat anybody on the planet. I’ve heard a lot of people saying Dortmund are favourites. It’s going to be an open game. Dortmund only managed a 3-3 draw with Wolfsburg recently...

Olic: We played well in that game and I think they already had their minds on the final. They would also have been making sure they didn’t pick up any injuries. So is the pressure to win greater on Bayern than on Dortmund?

Olic: When you play in two finals and lose both of them, then of course you feel under pressure. But Bayern have a great team brimming with confidence and, up to now, have been amazing. They're always under pressure in one way or another. But that’s also a good thing - it keeps the tension high. The players know that they have the quality to be able to beat any opponents. So do those bitter final defeats actually give Bayern an advantage on 25 May?

Olic: To be in a final for the third time in four years is a major achievement. That also gives the players self-confidence and it speaks volumes for this team. Last year against Chelsea, we had to win it. Chelsea were very lucky. Inter (Milan), on the other hand, deserved to win it in the previous final. This year, though, I think Bayern will do it. What factors will ultimately make the difference between victory and defeat?

Olic: The two teams know each other well. Actually, they know each other very well. When Bayern lost four or five times in a row, it was because they didn't have any room to express themselves as Dortmund kept things tight. In the DFB Cup quarter-final, when Robben netted the winner, Bayern were better again and they had plenty of chances. But Dortmund showed in that game as well how dangerous they can be. I saw BVB against Real Madrid CF and they played fantastically, as they did against against Manchester City FC. Dortmund have the quality to win the final, otherwise they wouldn’t be there. For me, Dortmund are far better than Chelsea were a year ago, and Chelsea lifted the trophy. Nevertheless, I still believe in Bayern. What's the difference between the current Bayern team and the one which lost the final a year ago?

Olic: The team have played together for another year and therefore have more experience. Bayern have also signed three or four key players for the defence, the midfield and up front: Dante, Martinez, Shaqiri and Mandzukic. They now have more quality and the team is complete - if somebody is injured, there’s a good replacement. And there's more competition within the squad. The team have played fantastically, not only in the Bundesliga, but also in the DFB Cup and in Europe, and they fully deserve to be in the final. Bayern have been better this year, even better than Dortmund. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything - last year, we were better than Chelsea and still lost the final. Anything can happen in a single game. You mentioned Mandzukic, your national team colleague. Is he Bayern’s outstanding new signing?

Olic: Definitely. Maybe the expectations with him were not so high, but the way he slotted into the side was excellent and he has been on fire all season. Of course he also benefits from the fact he scores a lot of the goals, being a striker. Should Mandzukic and co. lose this final, would they be able to bounce back from it?

Olic: I’ve got no doubt about that. After we lost in 2010, people said it was going to be tough for us, then we made the final again. I’m certain that even if Bayern don't win, they will reach the final just as often again over the next five years. I can’t see many sides who can stop Bayern, perhaps only Real Madrid or Barcelona. The team are only just approaching their prime and they are going to get better still. Finally, describe to us what will be going through the players‘ minds when the referee blows the whistle to get things underway at Wembley.

Olic: The pressure is immense, but that’s only the case before the game. When you are actually out there on the field, you're fully focused and hardy notice what’s going on around you. I remember the 2010 final in the Bernabeu very well. It was a fantastic atmosphere and I took it all in as we came out onto the pitch. But I can’t remember much about what happened over the 90 minutes. It only sinks in after the game has ended.

Interview by Felix Seaman-Höschele