Schweinsteiger sees Lampard as tough opponent

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Ahead of the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says he has 'huge respect' for Chelsea's Frank Lampard.

The England international has returned to favour since former Chelsea midfielder, Roberto Di Matteo, replaced Andre Villas-Boas as interim Blues boss at the beginning of March.

Schweinsteiger, who was seen having a heated row with Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels after suffering defeat in the German Cup final last weekend, speaks highly of the former West Ham midfielder.

"It is very possible that Lampard and I will be in direct confrontation with each other on the pitch," the German told the Daily Express.

"I have huge respect for him. Everything he does in the game has an effective use, it's always thought through."

However, the 27-year-old also warned Chelsea that they would struggle to win on Saturday at the Allianz Arena, and that his side are the favourites to lift the Champions League trophy, especially if it goes to penalties.

"Football is a game played between two sides of 11 players over 90 minutes, and then afterwards the Germans win on penalties. It is not easy to win a penalty shoot-out against a German team.

"We Germans never give up, we fight to the last. We just have that mentality. We give full effort, but we also have a playing quality. We have other attributes than character."

Chelsea will remember the painful 2008 Champions League final against Manchester United when they lost 6-5 on penalties, with misses from Nicolas Anelka and John Terry, and Schweinsteiger is aware that they will be determined to finally land the trophy.

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