Bayern will be looking to field a very strong lineup to complete a double this season and say goodbye again to Jupp Heynckes in the right way. They go to Berlin to play an Eintracht Frankfurt team in DFB-Pokal final.
Bayern have been plagued with disappointments over the last month. From the lost at home to Real Madrid, a match that had missed chances written all over it, to the disappointing draw at Madrid that saw the team eliminated from the Champions League. This peaked when they were slaughtered at home in the final match of the Bundesliga campaign at the hands of VfB Stuttgart in a 1:4 embarrassment.
Bayern will definitely be looking to right their wrongs and finish the season in the strongest way possible. However, Niko Kovac will have another plan. There will be nothing better on his C.V. than a cup win against the most respected coach in Bayern’s recent history. A win in the final of the DFB-Pokal could show the team that he is ready and that he deserves respect.
The matchup will be seen as Jupp Heynckes’ second goodbye. He also hinted in his press conference that this match will be an emotional one for him. He said: “my career ended in 2013 with a treble. I do not know what will happen tomorrow. Of course, there will be emotions. The Cup final is the German Wembley, something very special.”
- Bayern will be going in with four injuries which include Kingsley Coman, who missed out on World Cup selection this week due to a ligament tear. Arturo Vidal, Arjen Robben and Jérôme Boateng are racing against time. The last man has been selected in Joachim Löw’s provisional squad.
What Jupp said
- The coach brought great news as Manuel Neuer will be making a return to the team after almost nine months of recovery. Jupp said: “Neuer will not play from the start but is in the squad. Otherwise, I have no plan with Neuer, I have a match plan.” He also added: I’ve watched Manuel Neuer. He always believed in himself. My impression since last Friday is very positive. He has a presence in the goal that’s unlike anybody else’s. The nation can be very calm. He will not only be fit for the World Cup, but also strong support!”
- Jupp Heynckes also spoke about Robert Lewandowski’s recent criticisms, saying: “as a world-class striker, you will be criticized if you do not score goals. Do not share the criticism. He scored 40 goals. That’s impressive. He must not go crazy, he has to believe in himself.”
- On his second striker: “Sandro Wagner is totally ambitious, totally well integrated, the first one to train in the morning. His big dream was destroyed. I think he reacted too emotionally, prematuraly. I’d rather have seen it differently. But you have to respect his decision.”
With injuries to Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman, Bayern remain a little short of options. It is expected that Bayern will play Franck Ribéry on the left with Robert Lewandowski as the striker and Thomas Müller on the right. The hope will be that they click better than they have been doing in recent weeks because they will be very vital to earn a win.
This will be a tough as there is a lot of options even though this area is plagued with injuries. It is likely that Bayern will go for an in-form Corentin Tolisso rather than Thiago Alcântara. James Rodriguez should hold onto his position. Javi Martínez will finish off the midfield as he brings better defensive stability than Sebastian Rudy.
Bayern defenders will be looking to make sure the blemish that occurred last weekend does not happen again. Jupp will go all-out here. David Alaba is expected to go back into his position after being rested last weekend. Mats Hummels and Niklas Süle will be the centre-back pairing with Joshua Kimmich, who has been the most consistent player this season, on the right flank.
Barring a match day injury, Sven Ulreich is expected to retain his position as goalkeeper. Bayern fans will be gutted after learning that Kevin Trapp was selected in front of Ulreich for Germany’s World Cup squad. Even though Ulreich made a costly mistake in the CL semi-finals against Real Madrid, he has been nothing short of stellar this season.