Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Preview, Team News, Lineups
- Updated: May 21, 2016
The DFB-Pokal Final will be held this Saturday at Olympiastadion as Guardiola will manage his final game with Bayern Munich. Meanwhile Borussia Dortmund will try to end the season with a trophy after failing to win their two last games in Bundesliga.
Both teams have dominated the German football this season, and a final like this would be the best way to finish the season. Guardiola won the Bundesliga for his 3rd consecutive , meanwhile Borussia Dortmund finished 10 points away from the Bavarian team.
Bayern Munich have the record of wins in DFB-Pokal, as they’ve won it 17 times – 8 of them on the last 15 years. On the other side The Black and Yellows have won it only 3 times but they’ve reached the final 4 times on the last 8 years.
Road to the Final :
Bayern Munich in the first match beaten the fifth division side Nottingen, Wolfsburg thanks to a wondergoal from Xabi Alonso, Darmstadt ,Bochum and Weder Bremen on the semis.
Borussia Dortmund in the first match beaten third division side Chemnitz, Paderborn,Ausburg ,Stuttgart and Hertha Berlin on the semi-final.
Team News :
Only Badstuber and Arjen Robben are unavailable for Guardiola as Xabi Alonso and Javi Martinez traveled with the team to Berlin after recovering from minor injuries. The former Real Madrid midfielder is the favourite to start at the midfield , with Javi Martinez on the bench. Big blow is the absence of Arjen Robben, the man who scored the winning goals on Champions League 2013/14 and on year later on Cup final against Dortmund.
For Dortmund, Marco Reus is expected to start from the first minute despite missing the first training session for cold, meanwhile Shinji Kagawa might be used despite training separated from the team.
On the defense Subotic and Joo Ho Park will miss the final after being sidelined, as we will see Hummels start against his future team. Gundogan will also miss the final with a knee injury.
Possible lineups :
Bayern Munich : Neuer; Lahm, Benatia, Boateng, Alaba; Xabi Alonso; Douglas Costa, Muller, Vidal, Ribery; Lewandowski.
Borussia Dortmund : Burki; Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer; Castro, Weigl, Kagawa; Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Reus.