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Analyzing Bayern Munich's lineup for the DFB Pokal Final against Borussia Dortmund

A 2v3 midfield battle is the key to this match

Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

The DFB Pokal Final is Pep Guardiola's final chance to lift more silverware with Die Roten before he leaves for Manchester City. There's a reason he's going for broke.

Anticipated Tactical Structure

Franck Ribery - Robert Lewandowski - Douglas Costa

Thomas Müller

Thiago Alcantara - Arturo Vidal

David Alaba - Jerome Boateng - Joshua Kimmich - Philipp Lahm

For Bayern Munich, the biggest test is going to be Joshua Kimmich in the middle. Fielding the young 21-year-old in a Cup final of this magnitude over Medhi Benatia is a huge show of trust and underscores why Joachim Löw called the youngster for his provisional Euro 2016 roster.

For Bayern, look for Müller to push high alongside Lewandowski in an attempt to drag Mats Hummels out of positions. For Bayern's part, this will be a battle for midfield control with Thiago and Vidal up against a 3-man Dortmund midfield of Sven Bender, Gonzalo Castro, and Julian Weigl. Whether the two of them with their supporting cast of David Alaba and Philipp Lahm can control the midfield is going to prove key to whether Bayern can break down Dortmund in buildup play.

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