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May 24, 2013

Schweinsteiger feels for injured Gotze

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says he feels sorry for his future team-mate Mario Gotze, who is set to miss Saturday's Champions League final due to a hamstring injury.

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Earlier this week, Gotze, who will join Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, was forced to pull out of the showpiece event at Wembley.

Despite the injury increasing the Bavarian side's chances of finally lifting the Champions League trophy, having suffered two final defeats in the last three years, Schweinsteiger says the youngster will still be missed.

"It would have been the biggest game of his career, he is a nice lad, thus I and the others feel sorry for him," Schweinsteiger said. "A player with his qualities will certainly be able to play in another Champions League final."

Schweinsteiger feels Gotze's absence will weaken Dortmund "a bit, just because of his individual class, which is why Bayern bought him".

However, he believes Jurgen Klopp's side will still be able to field 11 men "who will give it their all for success".

The Germany international's words were echoed by Bayern centre-back Dante.

"We all know about his qualities, he is unbelievably talented," he said. "But it will still not be a walk in the park, and psychologically it might not have been too easy for him to play in the final."

The Brazil international also warned that Dortmund had other players who were capable of inflicting damage, labelling Robert Lewandowski as "one of the best strikers in the world at the moment".

Dante added: "What he did against Real Madrid did not come as a surprise to me as he has so much quality. It is not easy to defend against him."

Meanwhile, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said his team are fairly relaxed ahead of Saturday's final.

Before boarding the plane to London, he said: "It has been a fantastic season so far. Of course, we want to win it. But we are not arrogant."

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