The 2013 DFB Pokal Final is just minutes away from kickoff at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany. For any club, the first fifteen minutes of any match is a critical juncture. Avoiding an early goal allows you to get into the groove of the match instead of having to play from behind from the beginning.
Stuttgart have another big issue in today's match. They must avoid giving up goals in bunches. Throughout this Bundesliga campaign, Bayern have been scoring two or three goals within minutes of each other. With Mario Gomez starting up top for Bayern, it will be important for Serdar Tasci and Georg Niedermeier to have an eye on him at all times when Bayern have the ball in the Stuttgart half of the field. While Gomez has spent the majority of this campaign as a reserve behind Mario Mandzukic, he scores early and often when he does come on the pitch.
If Bayern are allowed to smell blood in the water, they strike fast, and they strike hard. They already put six goals past Sven Ulreich in one match this season. They can easily do the same today.