DFB Poakl Final
The time has come! Today the cup final starts in Berlin between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund. The game is led by referee Dr. Felix Brych.
It is almost impossible to identify a favourite in this match, although Borussia Dortmund have won both matches in the league. The last direct duel took place last weekend. BVB narrowly won 3-2. A hugely important victory for the Black Yellows, because that’s how you stand on a Champions League place. This gives confidence for the upcoming tasks – including for today’s cup final.
Leipzig, on the other hand, are certainly qualified for the Champions League due to an overall strong performance this season.
To get a quick overview of the teams, let’s take a quick look at them:
The Leipzig way to the final was very confident overall. There were significant victories in the first rounds against Nuremberg, Augsburg and Bochum. In the quarter-finals followed a confident 2-0 success against VFL Wolfsburg. RB did not score a single goal until the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals they were particularly difficult against Werder Bremen, but they were able to win the game at the last minute in extra time.
RB has an offensive pressing system, which provides defensive stability when executed consistently. This is evidenced by the fact that RB has the best defense in the league with only 28 goals against. Against Borussia Dortmund last weekend it didn’t work out that well. There they scored 3 counter-attacks. They need to get a better grip on that today, otherwise it could be very difficult for RB. For RB, it would be the first title in the club’s fledgling history if they can win today.
As far as the personnel situation is on, it must be mentioned that, surprisingly, the left defender Angelino will not be in the squad. Trainer Nagelsmann did not want to elaborate on this decision. Hin contrast is Christopher Nkunku is back in action.
The path of BVB followed mainly through lower-class teams to the final. Only in the quarter-finals did they meet a Bundesliga player. There, the other Borussia from Mönchengladbach was beaten 1-0. Sovereign victories were against Duisburg, Braunschweig and in the semi-finals against Holstein Kiel. BVB was particularly difficult against SC Paderborn. Here, Black-Yellow could only win the game in extra time.
After an ongoing crisis, BVB is now back in full lane and has earned a Champions League place again with an outstanding comeback in the league.
For BVB, they have not lost any of the last 7 games against today’s opponent. If they can extend this series today, it will be tantamount to winning the cup. In 2017 there was the last cup victory for the Dortmund players. At that time, Eintracht Frankfurt were narrowly beaten 2-1.
With the personnel situation, the exciting question arises as to whether Erling Haaland will be ready for action. We have to leave this question open, as according to BVB it is still unclear whether he will play or not. The answer will be the line-up tonight.
In the past games, however, BVB was able to compensate for the failure of Haaland.
We can expect an exciting cup final tonight in which the outcome of the match is completely open. Qualitatively, the two teams are to be regarded as equivalent. It’s hard to predict who will end up stretching the cup towards the sky.
So we can look forward to an exciting final with hopefully a lot of goals.