Saturday sees a battle in Berlin as Bayer Leverkusen take on Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal Final. We preview this contest that could see the Bavarians celebrate a successive double.
Who is playing?
Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich
What competition is it?
DFB Pokal Final
What time is the DFB Pokal Final?
19:00 BST, Saturday 4th July 2020.
Where is the DFB Pokal Final being held?
Olympiastadion, Berlin, Germany (home of Hertha BSC & German National Team)
Where can I watch the DFB Pokal Final?
BT Sport 1
Thoughts on Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich
German football being the first of the major European leagues to return, now becomes the first campaign to finish. It is still all the play for in the Final of the DFB Pokal, however. On Saturday, Bayer Leverkusen take on Bayern Munich in the 77th annual DFB Pokal Final, some eighty-five years ago since its formation.
A mouthwatering tie that pips perennial underachievers Bayer Leverkusen, who missed out on Champions League but could make amends by lifting their first trophy in twenty-seven years (incidentally their last piece of silverware being this very trophy) against current holders and nineteen time winners (most in the competition), not to mention Bundesliga Champions, Bayern Munich.
Bosz’s Bayer bruising
Saturday’s final at Hertha’s home against the league Champions and current holders of the DFB Pokal proves to be a difficult one for Die Werkself, especially considering Leverkusen’s last visit to the Olympiastadion ended in a 2-0 defeat, plus their last outing against the Bundesliga Champions ended in defeat as well. The tie looks awfully tough, particularly because Leverkusen’s xG for (expected goals), 1.12, is lower than their xG against, 1.16. Bayer will have to be on song if they want to end the campaign on a high, as facing a Bayern on cloud-nine in this vein of form, is no mean feat.
Peter Bosz’s men will rightly reel in disappointment after missing out on Champions League, finishing 5th, two points behind Marco Rose’s Mönchengladbach in 4th. It’s hugely upsetting that a team engulfed with a litany of promising superstars: Kai Havertz, Moussa Diaby, Leon Bailey, Exequiel Palacios and Edmond Tapsoba, that these young talents won’t be testing themselves in Europe’s most prestigious competition next season.
You feel as if qualification to the grandest stage of them all was the next step and one that would solidify the development and progression of this Leverkusen side under the former Ajax manager Peter Bosz. But with every cloud there’s a silver lining: they can approach this game with a nothing-to-lose mentality, as a one off that gives them a second chance to confirm their credentials as a top tier Bundesliga outfit. They can use their failure and frustration to concoct a performance that could destroy Bayern’s chance at retaining the double.
If he hasn’t already, Hansi Flick has the chance to write himself into Bayern folklore and cement himself as a legend in Bavaria. The former Munich midfielder now manager could earn Bayern yet another domestic double on Saturday with a win the DFB Pokal Final.
Since they announced on December 22nd that the German would remain at the helm for the entire season, Bayern have picked up a sensational 49 out of possible 51 points in the Bundesliga. 2.88 PPG (points per game), higher than their PPG across the entire season (2.41). In fact, in the seventeen Bundesliga games since that announcement, Bayern have scored 54 in total, 3.18 GPG (goals per game) and conceded just 0.58 a game, with The Reds keeping a clean sheet in nine of those seventeen and scoring four on four occasions, five on three occasions, and six on one occasion.
Utter domination and Flick wholly deserves the contract lasting until 2023. At one point this season it really looked as if we would finally see Bayern relinquish their stranglehold over the Bundesliga, with both Borussias (Dortmund and Mönchengladbach) looking threatening, not to mention the effervescent Leipzig constantly impressing. The fact Bayern sit as Champions thirteen points clear just shows how fantastic Flick has been.
Peers across Europe have the highest respect for Bayern, and are widely renowned as one of the few teams amongst the upper echelon of the sport who conduct themselves strategically, with the signings of Leroy Sane for £10 million more than Alex Iwobi to Everton and Tangy Kouassi from PSG on a free emphasising such, but, their best signing may just come in the form of a 55-year-old former assistant manager: Hans-Dieter Flick.
Bayer Leverkusen recent matches:
- Mainz (h) 1-0 win
- Hertha Berlin (a) 2-0 defeat
- FC Koln (h) 3-1 win
- Schalke (a) 1-1 draw
- Saarbrucken (a) 0-3 win
Bayern Munich recent matches:
- Wolfsburg (a) 0-4 win
- SC Freiburg (h) 3-1 win
- Werder Bremen (a) 0-1 win
- Borussia Mönchengladbach (h) 2-1 win
- Eintracht Frankfurt (h) 2-1 win
Bayer Leverkusen top contributors:
- Kai Havertz (Midfielder): 18 Bundesliga goal involvements: 12 goals + 6 assists – 6 goals and a solitary assist in 8 appearances since the restart for German wonderkid.
- Kevin Volland (Forward): 17 Bundesliga goal involvements: 10 goals + 7 assists – earned his side the victory against Mainz bagging the winner.
Bayern Munich top contributors:
- Robert Lewandowski (Forward): 38 Bundesliga goal involvements: 34 goals + 4 assists – the prolific Pole became the first player in Bundesliga history to win three consecutive Torjägerkanone awards (Bundesliga top goal scorer).
- Thomas Müller (Midfielder): 29 Bundesliga goal involvements: 8 goals + 21 assists – the first player in Bundesliga history to record 21 assists in a season, breaking Kevin De Bruyne’s record at Wolfsburg (20).
|6th June 2020||BAY 2-4 FCB||Bundesliga|
|3oth November 2019||FCB 1-2 BAY||Bundesliga|
|2nd February 2019||BAY 3-1 FCB||Bundesliga|
|15th September 2018||FCB 3-1 BAY||Bundesliga|
|17th April 2018||BAY 2-6 FCB||DFB Pokal|
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