Munich - As a UEFA Champions League winner and World and European champion, FC Bayern Munich legend Bixente Lizarazu sure knows a thing or two about what it takes to win the ‘big games’.

bundesliga.com duly caught up with the former France international to get his expert opinion on Saturday’s all-German, Wembley extravaganza…

bundesliga.com: Bixente Lizarazu, what can we expect from the final on Saturday?

Lizarazu: I’m hoping we see a typical Bundesliga game with lots of goals - a real occasion. Bayern are always looking to get forward, are constantly on the move and always try to score one more than the opposition. The same is true of Dortmund. But in the final both teams are under pressure, with so much riding on the game and neither side wanting to give anything away.

bundesliga.com: Do you think the rivalry between such big rivals could boil over?

Lizarazu: I hope not. Both teams have to remember they’re representing German football and they should reinforce what they’ve been doing all season. It’s also about the image of German football - the Bundesliga, that is. Hopefully it won’t be too aggressive, but a great spectacle instead.

bundesliga.com: Are FC Bayern favourites?

Lizarazu: Absolutely. Bayern are stronger than BVB. I think the German record champions have more potential but also more experience. They’ve been unbelievably strong this season without going through any dips in form. For me, Bayern have been the best team in Europe this season, but in the end you have to prove that by winning the Champions League. There are other things, too.

bundesliga.com: Go on…

Lizarazu: Bayern are incredibly hungry. You can sense a real feeling of anger following last season’s loss to Chelsea in the final. It reminds me of 2001 when we last won the Champions League, after the nightmare of conceding two injury-time goals to Manchester United in 1999. That’s why I think Bayern will win the cup this time. They got right back up after the trauma and shock of last season’s finale dahoam. Mentally that’s really impressive.

bundesliga.com: Have Bayern earned it just like you did twelve years ago?

Lizarazu: Definitely. They deserve to win the competition for a fifth time. It’s the logical outcome following their development over the past three or four years. Bayern have always been successful. From the Beckenbauer generation, via our lot, to the current team. It’s about the club’s history. Bayern were top, are top and will stay on top in the future. Today’s generation are seriously good, but one thing’s still missing and that’s especially hard for the German national players. It’s like back in 2001; today’s team need to replicate what we did. Of course I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for them.

bundesliga.com: How do you rate Borussia Dortmund?

Lizarazu: They’ve been outstanding in the Champions League this season. Their style of play is spectacular. The speed with which they turn defence into attack is crazy. What impresses me most about their game is their intensity. The players never stop running. The fans are fantastic, too.

bundesliga.com: Will Franck Ribery be the decisive figure in the final?

Lizarazu: Big players play decisive roles in big games. Bastian Schweinsteiger also has to put in a world-class performance - just like Arjen Robben and Mario Mandzukic - but for Dortmund Robert Lewandowski or Marco Reus can also make the difference. The defence has to hold firm as well. You can’t allow any lapses in concentration. I think Manuel Neuer will be the key player. He performed brilliantly in last season’s semi-final second leg in Madrid. He was phenomenal. You’ve got to be at at least 100 per cent of your abilities in these finals in order to survive. Bayern weren’t at that level against Chelsea. Maybe the pressure of playing at home was too much.

Interview by Alexis Menuge