Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is expecting an exciting affair when Germany’s top two clubs go head-to-head on Saturday for the right to win the DFB-Pokal.
28-year-old Neuer will be looking to keep Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski quiet in his final appearance for Borussia Dortmund before joining Bayern in the summer as Pep Guardiola’s side aim to complete a league and cup double.
Neuer is out to complete a personal hat-trick of cup triumphs - having first lifted the trophy as captain of Schalke in 2011 - whilst Bayern are aiming to retain the DFB-Pokal having claimed the crown by beating VFB Stuttgart 3-2 in last year’s final as part of a historic treble.
Neuer knows that it won’t be an easy game against a Dortmund team who have got the better of them twice already this season, firstly in the German Super Cup back in August with a 4-2 victory and more recently in the Bundeliga little over a month ago when Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out 3-0 victors at the Allianz Arena.
However, the German international stopper says his side are relishing the occasion:
"We're looking forward to the cup final. It's a final deserving of its name. It should be an exciting game between the top two teams in Germany. We are evenly matched and it will go down to the wire. Neuer told Bayern's official website in an interview that was cited by Goal.
Despite their success in the Bundesliga this season, Bayern’s unceremonious exit from the Champions League at the hands of Real Madrid has attracted criticism from all over the footballing world.
However, Neuer maintains that the current squad are as hungry as ever for success:
"We're extremely successful and the best team in Germany, a great feeling," he added.
"As it says in the club anthem: 'We always play in front of a full house, the atmosphere is always amazing and our will to win is unbeatable.'
Neuer will be heading to the World Cup as first choice between the sticks for Joachim Low’s exciting young Germany team and will hope victory over Dortmund on Saturday can act as a catalyst for a successful summer.
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