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Preview: Champions League Final

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While most of us have said our goodbyes and cried our cries, tomorrow marks the final game of the European Club Football season and what a season we’ve had!

True to form, this Champions League was full of surprises, heartache, controversy and plenty of excitement from the best players and teams in World Football. Chelsea became the first holders to fall out in the group stages, Manchester United are still pondering a questionable referee decision and Lewandowski is still celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime hattrick +1 for good measure against Real Madrid.

Safe to say, most of us will be watching this game as neutrals and personally I believe we are in for one cracking all-German final. Let’s have a look at some of the talking points surrounding this massive European Football showpiece.

Head to head

Often with Champions League Football, league results and form fall out the window so let’s have a look at how these teams have done against each other in Europe as well as how they have fared against other German teams.

Dortmund and Munich have only played each other twice in the Champions League before, all the way back in 1998 when Dortmund beat Bayern at home while managing a 0-0 draw away to progress into the semi-final of that year’s competition.

Dortmund has never played any other German team in the Champions League but they do brag with a 2 out of 2 win against German teams in the UEFA Cup. Bayern Munich have played other German teams 14 times, winning 50% of the games with 5 losses and 2 draws.

Difficult to find anything concrete in the history as Dortmund doesn’t have much to go on, having played so little German teams in Europe.

Talking Points

Bayern travel to London for the final after having lost the final at home last year to London-based Chelsea FC. Bayern also lost the 2010 final and they will be desperate to make it 3rd time lucky against Dortmund. Bayern already went one up against Dortmund after clinching the Bundesliga title which Dortmund held for two seasons prior.

Bayern Munich are hoping to clinch their fifth European trophy while Dortmund hope to add to the one they won back in 1997.

In all, the two clubs have met in 100 competitive games with Bayern winning 45 and Dortmund getting the better of their rivals 26 times. Bayern have not lost to Dortmund in 4 games in 2012/13.

Bayern Munich have seen plenty European Finals as they have lost 5 times and won 4 in their rich history and should Bayern win, Heynckes would become the 16th coach to win the trophy twice after steering Real Madrid to victory in 1998 – it would make him only the 4th coach to do this with 2 different clubs.

In London, Bayern have only won one game and that came against Arsenal in this season’s round of 16 – Dortmund also have only one win in the capital which came against West Ham way back in 1965/66.

Lewandowski will be a man to watch as he is on 10 goals for this season (Champions League) and only Ronaldo have scored more (12). He also became only the ninth player to have scored 4 goals in on Champions League match – Lionel Messi is the only player who’s scored 5.

I can go on and on about stats and figures but in my opinion, all of this means nothing. Tomorrow is all about the giant vs the underdog, David vs Goliath, Tom vs Jerry…

Expect a fast paced, attacking affair which will probably be more exciting that last year’s final. An early goal from Dortmund might just give them the believe to go on and win it and I certainly hope they do. If you’re planning on putting some cash on this game at Sportingbet SA then I’d advise you to go for a Bayern win….having said that, I put R50 on Dortmund to win – this one really could go either way in my opinion.

For an awesome infographic with more stats of games between these teams, CLICK HERE

Written for The Pundits by @thatWallace

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