London - As an ecstatic FC Bayern took their place on the Wembley podium on Saturday night, the sense of disappointment in the Borussia Dortmund camp below could be felt for miles around.

For a good 30 minutes, it looked like the fearless Yellow-Black ensemble might just spring a surprise, but in the end their southern Bundesliga brothers just had too much for them.

"Began to tire"


"We played really well in the opening half-hour," explained a disconsolate Robert Lewandowski after the game. "Bayern didn't know what to do with us. From the 70-minute mark we began to tire. It's been a long season. Bayern won the the Champions League and that's all that counts."

Honest words indeed from Dortmund's usually unshakeable No9, following an epic display of Bundesliga muscle on the grandest stage of them all - arguably one of the finest of its type in recent memory.

"Wanted to win"


"It doesn't really matter to me," lamented Lewandowski when asked if there was any solace to be found in simply being part of European club football's spine-tingling crescendo to 2013. "We really wanted to win this final, but we didn't make it happen."

Battered and bruised, the beaten finalists at least had the consolation of a heroes' welcome at their own Signal Iduna Park, a pre-arranged event that doubled up as a chance for the squad to thank the Yellow-Black faithful for their unwavering support this term.

No let up


Yet while many of his colleagues will be jetting off on holiday after another memorable yet draining campaign, for Lewandowski the promise of sun, sea and sand will have to wait a little while longer, as the potent Pole has a "must-win" World Cup qualifying game just around the corner.

Given the steely look in the 24-year-old's eye, it's hard not to feel sorry for the Moldovan backline already, with Lewandowski aiming to fire the frustration of defeat out of his system in Chisinau.

Christopher Mayer-Lodge/ Michael Reis