There are few players in the world game that can open up with the perspective that Philipp Lahm brings to the table. With many DFB Pokal and Bundesliga titles along with a UEFA Champions League and World Cup trophy to his name, Lahm knows a thing or two about lifting silverware.
As his career is winding to an end, there is one thing that Lahm wants to do one more time. In an interview with FCB.tv, he revealed that he wants to hoist that Champions League trophy over his head once against as Bayern Munich captain.
"I'd love to win the Champions League again. Obviously, at Bayern the goal is always going to be at the top of the league, and that's my goal, too. But, if you've won the Champions League once, you want to do it again. It would be great to achieve that, but it's nothing you can promise or expect. I was fortunate enough to play in a team that won the Champions League once, and not every football player can say that about himself.
No matter what happens, I will always be able to look back on a career that I thoroughly enjoyed and that I consider successful. I had a great time, but it's not over yet."
Lahm also knows the struggle of just how hard it is to win this competition. Since returning to Bayern in the summer of 2005, Lahm has made it to the semifinals on six different occasions. However, in those six appearances, Lahm has only managed to be a part of one trophy lifting celebration.
"It's always disappointing to drop out of the Champions League, and of course we would have loved to reach the final. However, we always qualified for the semifinals in the past years and that kind of series doesn't come from nothing. You need a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck to achieve that.
When we won the treble, we were fortunate in one or two situations. In the past years and in the most recent matches against Atletico, we weren't quite as lucky. But, that's football. When you play on this top level, it's the small details that decide games., and in the past Champions League semifinals, these details just didn't go our way."
With Carlo Ancelotti coming to Säbener Straße this summer, a let down is not expected. Most Bayern fans will continue to demand a Champions League victory, and anything less will be seen as a failure. If Bayern want to win another Champions League title with Lahm on the field, they better act fast. Lahm only has two seasons remaining on what is likely his last contract as a professional.