You would be mistaken for thinking that Bundesliga football has already come to an end with Germany manager Joachim Low announcing his provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup last week.
Fear not, the domestic 2013-14 season might be nearing it’s final stretch, but German football fans will be treated to one final titanic tussle when the country’s top two sides - Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund - go head-to-head in Saturday’s 2014 DFB Pokal final.
Football fans the world over will be watching when freshly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern take on bitter rivals Dortmund in Berlin as Jurgen Klopp’s side hope to heap pressure on Pep Guardiola.
Indeed, the Allianz Arena outfit set a record when they won their 24th Bundesliga title with seven games of the season left to spare, but with the league already won, Guardiola’s men went laissez-faire.
Such was the team’s relaxed perception on life that they all but seemed to stop caring about the Bundesliga and turned their sole interests to defending their historic treble.
However, a 5-0 aggregate defeat against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals and a relaxed performance against Kaiserslautern in the last four of the DFB Pokal sent shockwaves around the world, indicating that Guardiola’s side are easily beatable.
The German media have been less than kind on the former Barcelona manager by suggesting that a defeat against Borussia Dortmund would heap more pressure on the Spaniard who is desperate to show the world of football that his playing methods are the best way forward for Bayern.
Bayern Munich finished the season with a staggering 19-point advantage over second place Borussia Dortmund, but one gets the impression that this will count for nothing during the course of this exciting spectacle.
The Black and Yellows - who are looking to win only their fourth DFB Pokal title - received a boost on Friday when Klopp confirmed that star striker Robert Lewandowski - who will be making his final appearance for BVB before joining Bayern in the summer - is likely to win his fitness battle.
The Polish international - who has been nursing a knee injury for the past two weeks - took part in Thursday’s training session and despite lining up against his future employers, this season’s top Bundesliga goalscorer will be hoping to sign off from Dortmund in style
Bayern Munich, meanwhile, will have to do without vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, but Guardiola hopes that Franck Ribery can overcome his recent injury problems.
The Spaniard has also opted not to include the Reds’ top goalscorer Mario Mandzukic in the squad, leaving Thomas Muller - who has already scored seven times in the DFB Pokal this season - as the Bavarians most likely option up front
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