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What to expect from FC Bayern!

Our opponents are put under the microscope | Rocky road to the final for the record champions | Coach Niko Kovac won the Pokal last year with Frankfurt | Franck Ribéry & Arjen Robben will play their last game for FC Bayern

RB Leipzig will face FC Bayern München in the final of the DFB-Pokal. The Bavarian side have won the trophy a record 18 times, and go into the game as newly-crowned Bundesliga champions.

Their tough route to the final, their players to watch, their coach - we've put them all under the microscope in our factfile. What should Die Roten Bullen expect from FC Bayern?

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Die Roten Bullen will square up against Bayern again for the second time in two weeks.

THE HUNTERS


They were forced to bite their fingernails until the very last matchday this time around - an unfamiliar scenario in contrast to the past six years, where the record champions have secured the title with plenty of games to spare. This year, Bayern proved themselves to be The Hunters, catching and eventually overtaking Borussia Dortmund despite the Ruhr-based team having a nine-point advantage at one point. In the second half of the season, Bayern took 42 out of a possible 51 points on their course to the Bundesliga trophy.

They could have lifted the trophy on Matchday 33 - albeit for an intense and exciting game in Leipzig, a 0-0 draw that confirmed that the title race would go to the final game of the season. Two weeks later, the two teams meet again - this time with silverware on the line for either side.

The rocky road to the final


"The road is rocky - (but) it sure feels good to me." - Bob Marley's lyrics from Rainbow Country will surely reflect Bayern's mood, who find themselves in the final after a journey that hasn't exactly been smooth-sailing.

The Bavarian side's five games in this season's competition have all been extremely closely-fought:

First round
SV Drochtersen/Assel 0–1 FCB

Second round
SV Rödinghausen 1–2 FCB

Round of 16
Hertha BSC 2–3 FCB

Quarter final
FCB 5–4 1. FC Heidenheim

Halbfinale
SV Werder Bremen 2–3 FCB

ones to watch

Franck Ribéry & Arjen Robben

What happened on Matchday 34 in the Allianz Arena was like something out of a Hollywood movie. Club legends Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben came on as substitutes in their final home game for Bayern, and both scored in their 5-1 title-winning victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. Ribéry, who has been at the club since 2007, and Robben, at Bayern since 2009, both want to leave Munich with the double. As a collective, 'Robbery' have won eight German championships and are four-time Pokal winners. They also won the 2013 Champions League, beating Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley stadium.

Joshua Kimmich

For Joshua Kimmich, every game against Leipzig is special, with the DFB-Pokal final being even more so. From 2013-15, the defensive all-rounder played for Die Roten Bullen, before his move to Bayern. In an interview about his time in Leipzig, the 24-year-old had this to say: "I learned to play grown-up football in Leipzig. I played in the youth set-up and lived in the boarding school during my time there. I matured in Leipzig."

THE COACH - the only person looking to defend their title


Niko Kovac will be the only person on Saturday looking to defend their title. The Croat won the Pokal coaching Eintracht Frankfurt last season, in a sensational and shock 3-1 win over FC Bayern - the club he then moved to just two weeks later.

In his first season at Bayern, the 47-year-old won the title at his first attempt. By doing so, Kovac became the second person after Franz Beckenbauer to win the title both as a player and coach at Bayern. The Croat played for the record champions between 2001 and 2003.
 

Die besten Szenen der RBL-Saison!

Get ready for the final!

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