DFB POKAL FINAL PREVIEW: BAYERN MUNICH VS BORUSSIA DORTMUND

404960hp2Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will contest the DFB-Pokal Final on Saturday. Borussia Dortmund won the last meeting between the two teams 3-0 at the Allianz Arena and Jurgen Klopp will expect a similar performance from his players here. Dortmund are unbeaten in their last 8 in all competitions, winning 7, and should be confident of securing glory. Bayern Munich struggled to a 1-0 win over Stuttgart on the final day of the season and it remains to be seen how motivated the players are having lumbered to the end of the campaign. Nevertheless, Pep Guardiola will be expecting a much improved performance from his players against Dortmund as they aim to secure a domestic double. However, it must be said that both teams will be vying for the trophy to end the campaign on a high and it could result in an entertaining affair between the pairing that could go all the way.

Mario Mandžukić and Bastian Schweinsteiger will not help Bayern Munich in their quest for their tenth domestic double. Schweinsteiger was day-to-day with knee inflamation, while Mandzukic’s absence was a managerial decision. Sport Bild reported that the Croatian has departed Germany to meet up with his compatriots in preparation for the World Cup. Guardiola supposedly bid him a farewell beforehand, saying “I wish you well at your new club.” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge refused to comment, according to Sport Bild, but Guardiola revealed in his press conference that Mandžukić was “left out of the roster for disciplinary reasons.”

Team News
For Borussia Dortmund:
Jurgen Klopp will be without quintet Ilkay Gündogan, Sven Bender, Oliver Kirch, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Neven Subotic due to injury. Marco Reus is a doubt having limped out of the last game of the season against Hertha. Klopp must decide whether to field Robert Lewandowski, who is joining Bayern in the summer, or start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front.
FC Bayern Muenchen - Training SessionFor Bayern Munich:
Mario Mandzukic will play no part in the DFB-Pokal final and has likely played his final game for the club.
Pep Guardiola is without Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thiago Alcántara, Tom Starke and Xherdan Shaqiri as the quartet are injured.
The Spaniard is expected to deploy Mario Götze in the false 9 role.

Halftime Prediction:
Bayern Munich can’t go into this match content to play their brand of football and not respond to the threats of Jurgen Klopp’s side. Their ability to absorb pressure plays perfectly into dismantling possession based sides that commit large numbers of men to attack. Bayern might just secure a double by winning  the game on penalties.

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