Tuesday's DFB Pokal semifinal between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund is a momentous occasion. It's a step forward for Bayern in their quest for another triple. It's also the last Klassiker in which Jürgen Klopp will be coaching in Dortmund. I can guarantee you one thing: There will be fireworks.
This season has been nothing short of disastrous for Dortmund. With no shot at next season's Champions League, BVB are targeting a big upset in Munich to take them back to Berlin for a shot at a trophy. Bayern have their eyes set on their third (THIRD!) victory over BVB in a game that matters this season.
Pep Guardiola still doesn't have his full complement of players at his disposal, but he's getting closer every day. Thiago Alcantara has returned with aplomb, reminding everyone why Guardiola wanted him in Munich. Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Bernat, and Rafinha are back after injuries big and small. However, the return of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery has yet to be decided.
Barcelona looms in the coming week. Bayern will benefit this season from facing intense opponents like Dortmund and Bayern Leverkusen before their big Champions League encounter with Barca which is in stark contrast with last year's semifinal against Real Madrid. However, one thing remains the same. FC Bayern need to take care of their business.
The Bundesliga trophy has been won. Now, Bayern have the chance to punch their first ticket to Berlin to win the DFB Pokal.
Once the lineups are released, this thread will be updated.
Referee: Peter Gagelmann
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 8:30 pm local time, 2:30 pm ET
Television: ESPN Deportes (USA), BT Sport 1 (UK), Sky Sport 1 (Germany)
Streaming: WatchESPN (USA), Sky Go (Germany)
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Robert Lewandowski - Thomas Müller
Juan Bernat - Thiago - Xabi Alonso - Philipp Lahm - Mitchell Weiser
Mehdi Benatia - Jerome Boateng - Rafinha
Bench: Pepe Reina,Dante, Arjen Robben, Claudio Pizarro, Mario Götze, Sebastian Rode, Bastian Schweinsteiger
Marco Reus - Shinji Kagawa - Jakub Blazczykowski
Ilkay Gundogan - Sven Bender
Marcel Schmelzer - Mats Hummels - Sokratis - Erik Durm
Bench: Zlatan Alomervoic, Neven Subotic, Sebastian Kehl, Henrik Mkhitaryan, Adrian Ramos, Kevin Kampl, Matthias Ginter
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