Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich will meet for the DFB Pokal Final on Saturday. Over 77,000 supporters from both sides will pack the Olympiastadion in Berlin in what is expected to be a tight affair.
This will be Bayern's 18th appearance in the DFB Pokal Final, by far the most of any side. They have won 15 times. Dortmund are making their 5th trip to the final where they have won twice. The clubs have met in the final once before.
The 2008 DFB Pokal Final saw a relatively poor Dortmund side find their way to the cup final against a Bayern side that spent the previous summer buying Luca Toni, Franck Ribery, and Miroslav Klose in an attempt to find their way back to the top of the league. Toni found an early goal in the 11th minute. Just when it appeared that Bayern were going to be crowned champions, Mladen Petric somehow beat Oliver Kahn to send the match into extra time. The big Italian then grabbed the matchwinner to give Bayern their 14th Pokal. (They would win in 2010 for their 15th.)
Recently, however, BVB have had the upper hand against Bayern. They have won the last four league matches by a combined score of 7-1. When asked about this run in an interview with the Bundesliga's website, Thomas Müller stated, "we want to smack a stop sign into that." A great defensive effort from Bayern will be necessary to "smack a stop sign" into this Dortmund team.
Jupp Heynckes will have the opportunity to pick his best eleven with no suspensions or injuries, although Bastian Schweinsteiger has admitted this week that his ankle is still not 100%. Overall, Heynckes is an interesting situation. With the UEFA Champions League final coming next weekend and the multiple suspensions there, he has to balance winning this trophy with getting his players prepared to be in a situation where they can perform optimally next week.
Jürgen Klopp only has one injury concern in that Patrick Owomoyela will not be available for selection. This is not a huge loss for BVB, and Klopp's selections are fairly straightforward. The big question for Klopp is how he wants to set up his attacking midfield. Shinji Kagawa, Jakub Błaszczykowski, Ivan Perisic, Kevin Großkreutz, Mario Götze, and Robert Lewandowski can all play in that position. With Götze missing almost the entire second half of the season, Klopp may stick with bringing him in as a second half substitute if he's not ready to go for a possible 120 minutes.
BVB will be looking to win their first double ever. They will like their chances going into the match with their current winning streak against their opponents. Bayern want to get the Dortmund "monkey" off of their back and pick up a piece of silverware before they play the Champions League Final next Saturday.