Leverkusen v Bayern: DFB Pokal Final Preview

Saturday will see the Olympiastadion play host Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich for the 77th German Cup final. The two German giants will do battle to decide who will be crowned the DFB Pokal Cup winners for 2020.

Leverkusen v Bayern: DFB Pokal Final Preview

This will be the first German cup final between the two clubs. Leverkusen have won the trophy on just one occasion, however, Bayern have won the competition a record 19 times.

Should Die Roten add the DFB Pokal cup to the Bundesliga title they claimed a fortnight ago, they would remain on course for a historic treble when the Champions League resumes in August.

The final, like all current competitions, will go ahead without spectators inside the stadium.

Leverkusen are known as the bridesmaids and never the brides. Affectionately dubbed (or maybe not) as “Neverkusen” by rival supporters. In 2002 they went from a potential treble, to nothing to show in a matter of weeks. Blowing a 5 point lead in the Bundesliga with 3 games remaining, losing 4-2 to Schalke in the DFB Pokal and defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League 2-1, iconic Frenchman Zinedine Zidane scoring both goals and that memorable left-footed volley.

Key Players

The final promises to be a blockbuster encounter with both teams having almost full squads to choose from. Small doubts remain over Johnathon Tah and Jerome Boateng respectively, whilst Liverpool linked Thiago Alcantara looks set to be fit for selection.

Chelsea target Kai Havertz will be integral to Leverkusen’s chances, the creative midfielder has been instrumental this season and his 16 goals and nine assists show how important he is.

Bayern will look to their main man Robert Lewandowski to fire them to victory. The Polish striker was prolific for the league champions, he currently sits on an astonishing 49 goals in all competitions for the 19/20 season.

With an eighth successive Bundesliga title already in the bag and in imperious form since the restart, treble-seeking Bayern Munich will be firm favourites for this title.

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