Munich - The city of London will be the centre of the world’s attention this Saturday evening, as FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund contest the first ever all-German UEFA Champions League final in the back yard of one of Germany’s greatest rivals.

Former Nationalsmannschaft star Thomas Hitzlsperger certainly knows a thing or two about how the Bundesliga’s best two clubs will be received in England, having spent seven years of his playing career in the Premier League.

In interview with, the former VfB Stuttgart and current Everton FC midfielder gives his insights into the ‘Wembley myth,’ English envy of German youth and the increased level of attention that the Bundesliga is receiving from the home of football. Thomas Hitzlsperger, two German teams have unexpectedly reached the final of the Champions League. What has been the reaction in England?

Hitzlsperger: Amazement would be too strong a word to use, but it certainly says a lot about the performance of German clubs now. People ask me about it a lot. It’s confirmation for those who think that German football will soon overtake the Premier League. I’m often asked why Germany is producing so many good young players, something that at the moment isn’t happening in England. It’s certainly a good sign that the English are envious of us. How do you think an English fan will feel about the game? Will he even watch it?

Hitzlsperger: They’ll definitely be watching the game, and not just because of their love for football but because this is such a special game. They will watch it thinking, “Who is going to win and what can we learn from them?” English football is very strong. Look at Chelsea FC, they and the Europa league this year. But still there is always room for improvement, and at the moment, Germany is leading the way. The quarter-final line-up didn’t include a single English club. Do you think there has been a ‘changing of the guard’ this season?

Hitzlsperger: It could be the beginning of one, but it’s still too early to really start speaking of a new era. It’s the first time in twelve years that a German club will be European Champions, and during that time it’s been English teams who have enjoyed the most success. The trick is to stay at the top of the European game to affirm the good performances we’ve seen this year. What do your teammates and coaches say of the development of German football?

Hitzlsperger: I‘m often asked how football is coached in the Bundesliga and what is done differently there. Usually it’s something like, “Why are Dortmund and Bayern so fit? How are they both be able to run for 90 minutes straight?” Everyone is taking note of what is happening in the Bundesliga. You were part of the Germany team that beat England in the first game at the new Wembley Stadium in 2007. How much truth is there in the myth that the stadium has an atmosphere like nowhere else?

Hitzlsperger: You definitely feel the Wembley effect when you’re there. I was lucky enough to experience it and it was something really special. It’s still a hugely important name in world football, and the fact that there are two German teams playing in the final makes it all the more romantic. Are the English a little irritated by the fact that a German team will become European Champions in their own back yard?

Hitzlsperger: Some might be a little annoyed, yes. But more often I find that they just respect what Germany’s clubs have done this season, and ask themselves, “How can we do that too?“ So what type of match are you expecting?

Hitzlsperger: I‘m really hoping we see a good game with a lot of goals. Bayern are the favourites, but they’re also under a lot of pressure because they’ve played so well in the Bundesliga and are so close to winning the treble. Where will you be watching it?

Hitzlsperger: For last year’s final I was at the Allianz Arena, but this time I’ll be in Germany watching with friends on the television. Your contract at Everton runs until the summer. Do you know what the next step in your career will be?

Hitzlsperger: I can’t say that yet. I’m happy with how this year has gone, because I missed a lot of football because of injury and managed to play a few games. In the years before that I just had a lot of bad luck with injuries, but I'll just keep myself fit and wait and see what happens after coach David Moyes has left.

Interview by Andreas Messmer