The Bavarians will be hoping to make it third time lucky, after being denied at the last on home soil twelve months earlier and in 2010. However, their opponents will surely leave no stone unturned to bring a fitting conclusion to a footballing fairytale that has captivated the world.
Ahead of the big game, Goal presents a department-wise comparison of the market values of the two sides and analyses whether an outcome can be discerned.
|MARKET VALUES | Goalkeepers
The two No. 1s in both teams are ever-present with others hardly getting a look-in. However, there is a surprisingly large gulf in valuations between the two. While Bayern’s German international Manuel Neuer comes in at staggering €30m, his opposite number Roman Weidenfeller is rated worth a mere €4m. Admittedly, the Bavarians’ shot-stopper is a lot younger than his counterpart, but the Dortmund keeper has also produced a series of fine displays throughout the course of the season and he will be keen to prove his mettle in this game.
The back-up players for both sides in this position really struggle to see much game time. Dortmund have Mitchell Langerak and Romam Alomerovic, while Bayern have veteran Tom Starke, youngster Lukas Raeder and Maximilian Riedmuller in reserve.
|Gulf in valuations but not in class between the two keepers
|MARKET VALUE | Defenders|
In this department, Bayern have the edge both in terms of valuations and on the pitch. The Bavarians’ current backline is pegged at a combined €108m, while Dortmund’s defenders are valued at €70m. In addition, Jupp Heynckes’ squad boasts the likes of David Alaba, and skipper Philipp Lahm, both of whom are valued at more than €20m each, with the latter being the most valuable defender on either side with the full-back carrying a hefty price-tag of €28m. All of the Bayern defence have played a crucial role in what has already been a stellar season for the club, and it could be argued most of them would walk into any top side across Europe. On the other hand, Dortmund have relied more on their flair players to carry them this far into this competition. However, they will be looking to the strong centre-back pairing of Neven Subotic and ex-Bayern man Mats Hummels(both valued at €18m and €24m respectively) to pull their weight at the back.
|MARKET VALUE | Midfielders
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(Data from transfermarkt.co.uk)
Here too the Allianz Arena-based outfit win the monetary battle hands down. However, truth be told, it will be much more keenly fought out there in the middle. The Munich club possess one of the most sought- after midfields in the world with household names like Ribery, Robben, Schweinsteiger, Matinez, Kroos and Muller but to name just a few. With that said, their opponents possess an enviable one of their own featuring the likes of Gotze, Reus, Gundogan and Blaszczykowski amongst others. As such, winning the midfield battle will be key to both sides’ ambitions of emerging triumphant on the night. At €42m each, Ribery and Munich bound Gotze (who is sidelined for the tie with injury) are the highest valued players across both teams.
|Ribery is the most valuable player across the two teams tied with Gotze
|MARKET VALUE | Strikers
(Data from transfermarkt.co.uk)It is difficult to predict which team has the edge upfront. While Dortmund will bank on Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, arguably the man of the moment, Bayern undoubtedly have greater strength in depth, being able to call on the services of Mario Gomez and Claudio Pizzaro, along with regular starter Mario Mandzukic.
Overall, Munich look the more balanced and well-rounded group, no doubt chomping at the bit to exercise the demons of the past. However, this may represent a once in a generation opportunity for Jurgen Klopp’s side with some of their marquee names likely to move to pastures new in the summer. Indeed, their various acts of giant-killing in the competition so far, leads one to ask that age-old question as to whether their name is edged on the trophy?
It will certainly be fascinating to watch which one of these titans of can triumph, at the Mecca of football-Wembley. One can hardly wait for the action to begin!
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