25th May 2013 sees the two heavyweights of German football descend upon London to battle for supremacy at Wembley – to be crowned as Europe’s top club side. As we know already, Bayern have been dominant this season, winning the Bundesliga title earlier than any team in history, but they also set records for the most wins, fewest defeats, the fewest goals conceded, most clean sheets and best goal difference whilst having also scored in every league match. Quite a feat in lague bustling with talent.
Bayern have managed to continue this form in Europe, having won all four of their quarter and semi-final matches, scoring 11 goals, with their greatest achievement so far surely being the 7-0 aggregate thrashing of Barcelona. A special mention should be made however to the departing coach Jupp Heynckes, as this Champions League final will be his last game in charge before he hands over the torch to Pep Guardiola. Having lost the final in 2010 to Inter Milan and then to Chelsea on penalties in 2012 in their own backyard, Bayern will be looking to amend their own final form, as well as give their departing coach something to celebrate.
Borussia Dortumund however go in to this one seeking some revenge on Bayern, who recently announced the purchase of Mario Gotze back in April for €37 million (£30 million) and Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp admits that ” The timing could have been better” and that losing a player of Gotze’s ability is a massive blow. Futhermore, this has undoubtedly raised eyebrows concerning Gotze’s fitness, due to the fact he has pulled out of the final against his new team.
This could also reportedly be striker Robert Lewandowski‘s last game, as he is apparently set for a summer move to possible rivals Bayern Munich following team mate Mario Gotze. Speculation such as this has led Jurgen Klopp infuriating officials at Bayern by classing them as ” James Bond Villians” and also quoting that “Every football neutral in the world” wants a Dortmund win.
Klopp is a firm believer that his side should play an attractive brand of attacking football, however they have failed to beat Bayern in any of their four meetings this year, and will be looking for redemption.
Possible team line-ups for the first ever all-German Champions League Final:
Piszczek • Subotić • Hummels • Schmelzer
Gündogan • Bender
Błaszczykowski • Reus • Großkreutz
Kevin Großkreutz is expected to take the place of the injured Mario Gotze in the XI, with Marco Reus shifting into the centre of the attacking trio behind Robert Lewandowski.
Mats Hummels is expected to shake off a minor ankle injury to feature against his former club.
Lahm • Buyten • Dante • Alaba
Martínez • Schweinsteiger
Robben • Müller • Ribéry
Toni Kroos remains sidelined after picking up a muscle injury in the quarter-final first leg against Juventus, so Arjen Robben will continue on the right, with Thomas Muller lining up behind lone striker Mario Mandzukic, who is expected to get the nod ahead of striker Mario Gomez.
The only other question for Bayern is who will partner Dante at the back, Daniel Van Buyten and Jerome Boateng have been rotated at the heart of defense, but the Belgian is the more likely to start the final.
What do I think the result will be? I expect Bayern to have the edge over Dortmund in this one; I think this season they have shown that they as a club, want success more than anyone else, and I expect them to be too strong for Dortmund. I feel that Mario Gotze will be a massive loss for Dortmund in their hopes of winning the Champions League, so I’m going for a Bayern win, however stranger things have happened… as for the scoreline, I’ll leave that one for yourselves!
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