Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brazilian tips Bayern for Euro success

Summer signing Rafinha is predicting big things from Bayern Munich this season and feels theGerman giants can lift the Champios League trophy next May.

The Brazilian has moved to the Allianz Arena from Italian outfit Genoa, in a deal believed to be in the region of €5million.

Having penned a three-year-old deal with the Bundesliga outfit, Rafinha has high hopes for the season ahead both domestically and in Europe. Anyone following the Champions League odds may want to bear his comments in mind.

After reaching losing in the final of the Champions League to Inter Milan in 2010, Bayern disappointed last term, finishing third in the league and were knocked out of Europe's top club competition in the first knockout round.

Despite having no permanent manager as yet, Rafinha believes there will be big improvements this season and even think Bayern can overturn Europe's finest.

When asked about his new team's hopes in Europe, the full-back said: "Barcelona are the clear favourites for me. However, I am confident that Bayern have what it takes to dethrone them."

The 25-year-old, who has had a previous spell in Germany with Schalke, also feels Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea and AC Milan can also "pose some problems" for Barca in 2011-12.

It has been ten years since Bayern were Champions League winners – beating Valencia on penalties at the San Siro in 2001.

There is an even bigger incentive though for the Bavarian outfit to rule Europe this season, with the final set to take place at their home ground in May 2012.

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