Bayern Munch are aiming to win
their second trophy of the season when they face Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB
Pokal final later this evening.
Jupp Heynckes would like to
sign off his career with a domestic double with the Rekodmeisters. The German
manager is set to retire after a successful interim stint in Munich.
Bayern Munich did not win this
trophy last season as Dortmund defeated them in the semi-finals. This season,
however, Bayern overcame several tough opponents to reach the final. The German
champions defeated RB Leipzig and Dortmund in the rounds of 32 and 16
Bayern head into this game
fresh off a poor result last Saturday, when they were defeated 4-1 by VFB
Stuttgart at the Allianz Arena.
Frankfurt have enjoyed a very
good season under Niko Kovac. The just missed out on a European place in the
Bundesliga, but overall they have vastly improved under the Croatian manager.
Kovac is set to join Bayern next season, but he will be aiming to finish his
tenure with Frankfurt with a win over his future employers and an important
Thomas Muller has recovered
from an illness which kept him out for a few days this week. The Bavarians in
now completely fit to start in the final. Jerome Boateng remains on the
sidelines as he targets return to action later this month. Arturo Vidal is
another long term absentee who will miss the game today.
Heynckes confirmed that Neuer
is not fit enough to start this game. Sven Ulrich is set to start the final
after a very solid campaign for Bayern. Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels are
favourites to slot in the centre back positions. Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba
will occupy the right back and left back positions.
In the centre of the park, Javi
Martinez is likely to play in the defensive midfield position. James Rodriguez
and Thiago Alcantara are the most probable candidates to complete the 3-man
midfield. The Colombian is likely to play the attacking midfield role while
Thiago will be the box-to –box midfielder.
Robert Lewandowski has been
subject to criticism in the past few weeks after his poor performances against
Real Madrid. The Poland international has enjoyed a very god season despite
this criticism. He will lead the line for the Bavarians in the final against
Frankfurt. Thomas Muller and Frank Ribery are likely to play on either side of
Frankfurt suffered a heavy
defeat against Bayern a few weeks ago in the Bundesliga. Kovac’s men come into
this game on the back of 4 defeats in the last 5 Bundesliga games. However,
this game is completely different as Frankfurt will be eager to cause an upset
in the final. They delivered a very spirited performance against Schalke in the
Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic
are the key players for Frankfurt, as they have scored 17 goals between them in
the Bundesliga. Apart from this duo, Ante Rebic is also a player who can
trouble Bayern’s defense. The Bavarians need a better defensive performance
than last weekend as they will be suspected to numerous counter attacks.