Bayern Look To Outwit Dortmund Again in German Cup Final

Bayern Munich looks to make it a domestic cup double when they take on arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side finished runners-up to Bundesliga winners Bayern, 19 points shy of the champions.

Pep Guardiola’s men, who secured the league title with record seven matches in the waiting in March, will aim to retain the trophy which they won against Stuttgart last season.

Bayern Aims to Complete a Bundesliga and Cup Double Against Dortmund at Berlin's Olympic Stadium- Venue of Next Season's Champions League Final.
Bayern Aims to Complete a Bundesliga and Cup Double Against Dortmund at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium- Venue of Next Season’s Champions League Final.

Striker Mario Mandzukic was not included in the Bavarians’ trip to the Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, while midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is sidelined with a tendon strain in his left knee sustained during last Saturfday’s 1-0 league win over Stuttgart.

“Basti is injured, a problem with his knee. Mandzukic is my decision,” said the Spanish boss.

Guardiola hopes the 29-year-old Germany international would recover in time for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Croatia international Mandzukic, who has scored 21 goals this season, is reportedly fit but excluded from the team. He is considered as one of the players on their way out of the Allianz Arena, with Polish striker Robert Lewandowski set to move in from Dortmund.

“He was fit, he could play but we have 18 players and I will play with them,” added Guardiola. “It is my decision.”

Lewandowski, 25, is set to play against his future team, after shaking off a calf problem.

“We were very careful with him,” said Klopp.

Dortmund won the German Super Cup in August before both teams traded 3-0 away Bundelsiga wins.

The ‘Black and Yellows’ will be hoping to end the season on a high, after ending the 2012/13 season in disappointment, following a 2-1 Champions League final loss to the same opponent in Wembley.


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