Munich - An all-German UEFA Champions League final set to take place in the home of football: for Tottenham Hotspur assistant coach Steffen Freund, Saturday's face-off between his former club Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich is no more than just reward for the Bundesliga duo's "tidy work" in their respective long-term, team-building endeavours.

Talking to Freund, who won the title himself with BVB in 1997, discussed the relative pressure on the two finalists, the build-up to the game from a London perspective and the magical atmosphere of the new Wembley Stadium. Steffen Freund, the first ever all-German Champions League final - would you have tipped that at the start of the season?

Steffen Freund: No, of course not. Anyone who'd laid a bet on that back then would likely have made themselves a small fortune. FC Bayern Munich have just wrapped up a record-breaking season in the Bundesliga, while your former club Borussia Dortmund have been making waves, above all in the Champions League. Who do you see as the favourites on 25 May?

Freund: Bayern Munich, without a doubt. That's extrapolating from the past few seasons as well. This is Bayern's third final in four years. Last year they were very, very unlucky to lose at home to Chelsea after being much the better side. In 2010, they were well beaten by Inter Milan. This season, though, Bayern have impressed at every level and taking form into account they're absolutely the favourites. Bayern and Dortmund also currently provide the core of the German national team. Is this final first and foremost a product of the good work being done in the country at youth level since 2000?

Freund: The youth academies account for part of the success. But I think the first people who have to be mentioned are those in charge at both clubs, for some very tidy work. Borussia Dortmund, in particular, have made up a lot of ground and managed to topple Bayern from their perch in each of the two previous seasons, which was quite a surprise. That's down above all to Jürgen Klopp. The coach is the head of the team, whose job is to ensure that the players follow his strategy out on the pitch. Klopp's built and shaped this team over years. For me, he's the linchpin at the heart of it all. With Bayern, though, it's difficult to single out any one individual - they've been in the mix in the Champions League for years. But for all their success, they always want to keep improving. First they brought in Matthias Sammer as director of sport, now Pep Guardiola's going to be the new coach. They go for the biggest names in the world game. Bayern are looking good to maintain their place among the European, and world, elite. What kind of a game do you anticipate at Wembley?

Freund: I have a feeling it's going to be pretty physical and hot-blooded. Bayern may be the favourites, but for the most part Borussia have looked pretty good against them recently. And that will be in the back of both teams' minds. This is Dortmund's first final since 1997, while as you mentioned, Bayern were there in 2010 and again last year, losing both times. Which factor will play more of a role - Borussia's possible stage fright, or Bayern's fear of failing for a third time?

Freund: The situation for Dortmund's pretty similar to 1997. OK, it wasn't an all-German final, but Juventus were Europe's undisputed top team and we were only given an outside chance. But in a one-off contest, the outsider's always capable of springing a surprise. And that's a danger they're very well aware of in Munich. They've experienced first-hand Dortmund's transformation into a genuine heavyweight rival over the past few years. Borussia definitely have a chance. Bayern have the Bundesliga title in the bag and the DFB Cup final still to look forward to, while this is BVB's only chance of some silverware this season. Who's under the greater pressure?

Freund: The pressure on Bayern's tremendous. Dortmund obviously don't want to walk off the pitch as losers, so they're under a certain amount as well, but taking the overall situation in the run-up, it's FC Bayern who are carrying the heavier burden of expectation. Mind you, they've been dealing with it superbly all season. You lifted the big-handled cup yourself with Dortmund in 1997. To what extent do the preparations for a final like this differ from those for a "normal" big game?

Freund: Jürgen Klopp and Jupp Heynckes are unlikely to deviate much from their usual plan. They've been playing in Europe all season, usually arriving at the match venue a day beforehand and holding a final training session at the stadium. All the same, the feeling you have about the final is different from any other game. It's something special, that you're not going to get to experience too often, and that feeling will seep through into your pre-match preparations, even if they're much the same as ever. This one's for the European crown, after all. Do you think the two coaches will have a special strategy up their sleeve for a special match?

Freund: I can certainly imagine they might. They both sent out their strongest team for their final Bundesliga game, to keep the playing rhythm going. Now they can use the final week to focus on some in-depth analysis and fine-tune the details. You've been working in London for the past year. What kind of a reception has this all-German final got in England?

Freund: There's saturation coverage of the build-up on the sports programmes. It's pretty unusual for German teams to be constantly in the news here. There was a lot of respect for the semi-final performances and people are generally taking a bit more of an interest in the Bundesliga as well. Has the Bundesliga's international standing improved as a result?

Freund: Without a doubt. The only country to have two teams in the final in recent years has been England itself. It's great for Germany and it's certainly stimulated interest in the Bundesliga. You must have good memories of Wembley yourself, after helping Germany to victory there at Euro 1996. The stadium was completely rebuilt a few years ago, at the same location. How do the new and old Wembleys compare for atmosphere?

Freund: There's a huge difference. The old, time-honoured Wembley had its tradition, its cult status, and it was just a great atmosphere with 80,000 people inside it. Now there's a new stadium there, with three-tiered stands, a retractable roof and seating for 90,000 - it's pretty unique. The atmosphere's going to be boiling there on 25 May, for sure. The name Wembley itself says it all, really.

Interview: Stefan Missy