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European Match of the Weekend: DFB Pokal final

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Borussia Dortmund have already beaten Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title with a record points tally and now Juergen Klopp's side have the chance to do the double over their rivals in Saturday's DFB Pokal final.

Dortmund's stylish young side finished a full eight points ahead of Bayern to secure their second consecutive league title and a victory at Berlin's Olympiastadion will see the team from the Ruhr win their first cup since 1989, and a domestic double for the first time in their history.

However, Bayern are a formidable barrier to their aspirations. Jupp Heynckes’s side are in the final for the third time in five years and will also contest the Champions League final against Chelsea in their home stadium on May 19.

If Bayern emerge triumphant in both finals, then they will have enjoyed a more successful season than even Klopp's charges, who have earned many admirers across the continent for the enterprising brand of their football and vigorous approach to the game.

In Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa they have a midfielder of extreme talent, who is being strongly linked with a move to Manchester United and will decide on where his future lies following Saturday's final. England appears the most likely destination.

Right-back Patrick Owomoyela is the only player absent for Dortmund, who also have Germany teenager Mario Goetze and the national team's classy defender Mats Hummels in their ranks.

Coach Klopp says he will reflect on a fantastic season whatever the result in the final. "If, in the 50 per cent chance the game does not end positively for us, then I can say I will still be celebrating," he said at a press conference. "We are going to be taking the Bundesliga trophy with us so we will have something in our hands anyway. Of course it would be nicer to run around the pitch with both trophies."

Bayern have a doubt surrounding defender Daniel van Buyten, who may be unavailable to play from the start. However, he is not a first choice in any case and neither will Bayern miss Breno, who is out due to a knock.

Bayern winger Arjen Robben expects a close contest as his side aim to repeat their victory over Dortmund in the 2008 final.

"We are all raring to go. We are professionals and want to win things. We have two big games coming up now. First the cup final against Dortmund, and then the big one," Robben was quoted as saying by TZ.

"We have to be ready for it and need two perfect games. I expect two very close matches where the small details will be decisive."


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