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  • 25 May 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
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Borussia Dortmund-Bayern Munich Preview: German rivals battle for Europe

Jurgen Klopp's side will be eager for vengeance after watching their Bundesliga title slip into the hands of the Bavarian giants this term


Borussia Dortmund's Champions League hopes were dealt a blow by the confirmation that Mario Gotze will miss the final due to a thigh injury.

Kevin Grosskreutz is expected to take the 20-year-old's place in the XI, with Marco Reus shifting into the centre of the attacking trio behind Robert Lewandowski.

At the back, Lukasz Piszczek is fit to play, but will undergo thigh surgery in the summer, while Mats Hummels is expected to shake off a minor ankle injury to feature against the club that bred him.

Meanwhile, the only major question mark in the Bayern Munich ranks is as to whom will partner Dante at centre-back.

With Holger Badstuber missing since December, Daniel Van Buyten and Jerome Boateng have been rotated at the heart of defence, but the Belgian is the more likely to start the final.

Toni Kroos remains sidelined after picking up a muscle injury in the quarter-final first leg against Juventus, so Arjen Robben will continue on the right, with Thomas Muller lining up behind lone striker Mario Mandzukic, who should keep his place ahead of Mario Gomez.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Borussia Dortmund have won the Champions League on one previous occasion, beating Juventus 3-1 to claim the trophy in 1997.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side triumphed 5-2 against Bayern Munich last season in the DFB-Pokal final, with Robert Lewandowski (pictured, right) scoring a hat-trick.
  • Defender Mats Hummels joined BVB from Bayern back in 2009 after a successful loan spell at Signal Iduna Park.
  • Injured playmaker Mario Gotze has already agreed a deal which will see him move to Bayern at the season's end.
  • Bayern Munich are seeking to win their fifth European Cup and join Liverpool as the joint-third most successful team in the competition's history, behind AC Milan and Real Madrid.
  • The Bavarians are unbeaten against BVB in all four of the teams' meeting this season, drawing 1-1 twice in the Bundesliga, and beating their rivals 2-1 and 1-0 in the Supercup and Pokal respectively.
  • The only previous all-German final in the history of European club competition was in the 1980 Uefa Cup final, when Eintracht Frankfurt beat Borussia Monchengladbach on away goals after recording a 3-3 draw over two legs.

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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
6Sven BenderMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
11Marco ReusMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
7Oliver KirchMidfielder
5Felipe SantanaDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
23Julian SchieberStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
17Jerome BoatengDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
18Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
Players to Watch
Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
There's no doubt that Robert Lewandowski has led Borussia Dortmund to the Champions Leauge final, scoring 10 goals en route to the final. He may well be playing his last game for the club and, given his previous record against Bayern, he has the opportunity to sign off on a high note for the club that brought him to prominence.
Arjen Robben
Arjen Robben
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
It's rare that you get a second chance in football, but Arjen Robben has the opportunity to atone for his penalty miss against Chelsea in last season's final. The Dutchman's form has steadily improved throughout the season and he can make amends in the grand manner at Wembley and win back Bayern hearts.
Prediction
Bayern may have finished the Bundesliga 25 points ahead of Dortmund but they cannot expect an easy ride at Wembley. BVB, angry at losing their domestic title and Mario Gotze to the Bavarians, will be all the more eager for victory and I can see this one going all the way to penalties - then it's anyone's game.
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