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Dortmund has decisive players too, like Germany international Marco Reus and Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who scored all four goals in the 4-1 win over Madrid in the semifinals. But rising star Mario Goetze, who is joining Bayern next season, is out with a hamstring injury.
7. WHO ARE THE COACHES?
Bayern is led by the experienced Jupp Heynckes, a former Germany striker who now prides himself on the team’s staunch defensive ability. This will be his last chance to lead Bayern to the title, as Heynckes is leaving the club at the end of the season and has given strong hints he will retire. The 68-year-old coach already won the Champions League in 1998 with Real Madrid.
Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp, meanwhile, has drawn wide praise for leading his team to back-to-back domestic league titles with a young team that plays an exciting and attack-minded style of soccer. Should Dortmund win on Saturday, the 45-year-old “Kloppo” will be one of the most in-demand coaches in Europe.
8. WILL THIS BE ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE BORING NIL-NIL GAMES?
Chances of that are slim to none. These are two teams that both want to attack from the start of any game, and neither is likely to change its style for the big occasion. In contrast to Chelsea’s defensive-minded tactics in last year’s final, don’t expect Dortmund to sit back and be content with protecting its own net. You’re more likely to see end-to-end attacking play _ and probably plenty of goals.
9. WHY ARE RELATIONS STRAINED BETWEEN THE CLUBS?
These teams were already big rivals after regularly dueling it out for domestic titles over the last few seasons, but tempers have been frayed even further following Goetze’s decision to join Bayern, which is paying 37 million euros for the star midfielder. Dortmund also faces the prospect of losing Lewandowski to its biggest rival.
10. SO WHO’S GOING TO WIN?
Judging by statistics, the team that scores the first goal. In this year’s competition, 82 games have been won by the team that scores first, with only 15 come-from-behind victories.
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