"I guess that people in England also really admire it that we have done this without making big-money signings but by finding talents."
So as Bayern and Dortmund fans walk down Wembley Way, originally constructed by German prisoners of war in the 1940s, it will provoke a timely reminder of how the world has moved on.
And it is Krug's hope that Saturday's showpiece will galvanize further change in attitudes towards Germans.
"This year's Champions League final may well prove to be a temporary culmination of changing perceptions towards Germany," he said.
"Football has the power to change worldwide stereotypes and perceptions. It's done so in the past and it will do so again."