The Champions League final is set to be played this Saturday at Wembley, with the first ever all German clash. Favourites Bayern Munich will be keen to make amends after falling at the final hurdle last season, while Borussia Dortmund will look to cap off a fantastic adventure on the continent.
With both sides full of attacking talent, this could well be a final to remember. Bayern have been in ominous form this season, and rightly go into the final as favourites with Unibet. The Allianz Arena outfit are in line for a momentous treble, with the Bavarians steamrolling the Bundesliga with superlative form. Bayern have looked unstoppable at times, with so much attacking talent in their ranks and an excellent defensive record also.
The likes of Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller have been in excellent form, while Franck Ribery and Toni Kroos complete the attacking talent on show. Jupp Heynckes will have to decide which Mario to play up front – Mandzukic or Gomez – but both will be a threat to the Dortmund rearguard.
The game could well be decided in the centre of the park, with an interesting midfield clash anticipated. Bayern will most likely partner Spain international Javi Martinez with lynchpin Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the pair will come up against youthful Dortmund duo Ilkay Gundogan and Lars Bender. Whoever wins this battle could well win the game for their respective side.
Dortmund have had a fairytale ride to the final. The Signal Iduna Park outfit topped the group of death, taking four points from Real Madrid and eliminating Manchester City. From there wins over Malaga and Shakhtar Donetsk led them to the semi-finals, where a first leg 4-1 thumping of Madrid made the world sit up and take notice.
Robert Lewandowski scored all four goals in that game, and the Polish forward will look to add to his tally in the final. He will be well supplied by Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, and Dortmund certainly have the penetration in the final third to get goals against a usually miserly Bayern backline.
However, if Dortmund are to be successful, they must rely on their centre half pairing of Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels. Jurgen Klopp’s men can expect to be under pressure for periods of the game, and the able central defensive partnership will need to shut out the threat of Bayern’s attack.
All-in-all the Champions League final has the potential to be a very exciting and attacking encounter, which could go either way. As in most important games the first goal could be all important, in what is a classic German grudge match.