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Philipp Lahm hoping for third time lucky

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Philipp Lahm is hoping third time will indeed be a charm for Bayern Munich in the Champions League, after narrowly missing out last year.

The Bundesliga giants have reached the final of Europe's top footballing event twice in the past three years, finishing on the losing side against Inter Milan back in 2010, and Chelsea last May.

Bayern have walked their domestic competition this season, wrapping up the league title with six games still to play, earlier than any other club before them.

With such dominance domestically, Jupp Heynckes's men can concentrate their efforts on the Champions League crown.

Falling at the final hurdle once again is not an option for the Bayern and Germany captain, who has already set his sights on the Final at Wembley on May 25th.

"When you reach the semi-finals, then you want to reach the final," explained Lahm in an interview with the Daily Mail. "Our aim is to win it."

Nevertheless it will not be easy for The Bavarians, who welcome four time winners Barcelona to the Allianz Arena for their semi-final first leg clash tonight. 

Lahm remains confident and believes his side have enough to match Tito Villanova's team.

"Barcelona have been the team to beat for several years now, but it's a game between two sides on a par with each other. 

"We have the right players on the field to do Barcelona damage."

The Catalans have reached the semi-finals of the competition for the sixth year running, having taken the step to the final on two occasions, going on to win the competition.

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