"We've got to deliver our best-possible performance"

Head coach Ralf Rangnick and captain Willi Orban joined FC Bayern counterparts Niko Kovac and Manuel Neuer for a press conference at the Olympiastadion ahead of Saturday's DFB-Pokal final.

The waiting is all but over, with Die Roten Bullen ready to take on FC Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal final at Berlin's Olympiastadion on Saturday (20:00 CEST kick-off).
Both teams' head coach and captain got together for a joint press conference on Friday afternoon, with Ralf Rangnick and Willi Orban joined by FCB's Niko Kovac and Manuel Neuer.
Die Roten Bullen secured their place in a first ever DFB-Pokal final thanks to a 3-1 win over Hamburger SV in the semis.

HEAD COACH Ralf Rangnick:

  • "We had a very tough run to the final. The fact that we're here is testament to the lads' quality and makes us proud. We're in the final for the first time in our young history and we're up against the most difficult opponent possible in FC Bayern Munich.
    We need to leave everything we have out there on the pitch on Saturday, right up until the last second. We need to make sure we don't give Bayern any time or space to produce the quality football they're capable of. We were solid against them defensively in the league two weeks ago. We need to deliver our best-possible performance in every department on Saturday, however. We need to be perfect both on and off the ball.
    FC Bayern will continue to be the benchmark in German football in years to come. Nevertheless, we want to become one of the league's top clubs together with them and Dortmund and be competitive. We just need to keep going down the path we're on."

CAPTAIN Willi Orban:

  • "It's a very special situation for all of us and the whole club to be in a cup final and we can't wait for the game. We've noticed how the focus surrounding the match has instensified as it's crept closer and we're getting more and more fired up for it with each passing minute.
    We need to be compact, dynamic, fast and courageous when it comes to business time on Saturday, just like we have been all season. We want to gain the momentum and win the game. I think the two sides are on a level playing field."

Bayern Coach Niko Kovac:

  • "We're up against a very good opponent, and they're also the toughest team we could have gotten in the final. The last few finals have shown that there isn't a favourite at this stage. We're expecting a difficult, open and high-intensity game and we will need to have a little bit of luck on our side tomorrow no doubt."


  • There are no new injury problems to report ahead of the DFB-Pokal final. The coach will have a full squad to choose from.

  • The referee for Saturday's game is Tobias Stieler from Hamburg.
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