Borussia Dortmund V Bayern Munich : Champions League Final Infographic
A capacity 90,000 crowd will watch the first ever all-German Champions League final on Saturday between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. It really is an all-German affair – the clubs boast a combined 36 German players in their squads and both have German managers at the top of their games.
Both teams are in great form, having swept aside Spanish giants in the semis. While Bayern’s 7-0 thumping over Barcelona was their biggest aggregate win in history and shocked punters, Dortmund ousted the most successful European Cup side ever, Real Madrid, 4-3 to reach Wembley.
For Bayern, this is a chance to redeem their final defeat against Chelsea last season and Juup Heynckes’ side are preparing for their third final in four years. They’ve lost the previous two but do have European Cup success from previous generations, having won the tournament four times. Dortmund, on the other hand, reached their maiden final in 1997 and went on to win it.Saturday’s clash is going to be close, with many betting fans on Titanbet expecting the flair players to dominate. Robert Lewandowski is Dortmund’s main threat after scoring four against Real Madrid in the semis and the Pole has contributed 10 of Dortmund’s 23 goals in Europe this term.
He will get service from attacking midfielder Marco Reus, whose quick brain and feet so often carve defences open, while Mats Hummels is the defensive rock Dortmund need to keep out a persistent Bayern attack who have netted 31 already in Europe.
Hummels will have his work cut out against the lighting-fast Arjen Robben and David Alaba – who will dominate the wings – plus Bayern’s midfield engine Bastian Schweinsteiger. This trio often surpass the forward line and take the initiative and, with Tomas Muller also on hand with eight goals this tournament, Bayern are sure to score on Saturday.
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