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Blues will beat weak Germans: Marin

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LONDON: Chelsea’s “better players” will expose Bayern Munich’s “weak” defence in Saturday’s Champions League final, says new Blues signing Marko Marin.

The Germany midfielder, who will move from Werder Bremen in the summer, says Bayern are vulnerable at the back.

Asked if Bayern’s defence was weak he told BBC Sport: “Yes. I watched the German cup final [5-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund]. They made big errors.

“Chelsea have better players and will do well if they play offensively.”

The 23-year-old added: “I think [Chelsea] will win at the weekend.

“Bayern did a very good job against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, but they did not do well in the cup final.”

The four-time European champions were humiliated 5-2 by Borussia Dortmund, to whom they also finished a distant second to in the league.

Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is determined to end a tumultuous year in style on Saturday after a rollercoaster season which has veered from exile to the brink of Champions League glory.

Three months ago, Lampard’s Chelsea career appeared to be drawing inexorably to a close, with the 33-year-old left on the bench as the Blues crashed to a 3-1 first leg defeat against Napoli in the last 16.

It followed months of tension with Andre Villas-Boas, the young Portuguese manager who had been saddled with the task of breaking up the Chelsea side that had won three league titles since 2005.

Villas-Boas’ abrupt dismissal in early March however proved to be the catalyst for change in both Lampard and Chelsea’s fortunes. “I think we were pretty unfancied to get this far at different stages.

“We’ve obviously still got to go and win it but it’s been a nice thought for the past couple of weeks,” Lampard said. (Agencies)

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