The DFB Pokal draw has been concluded! Bayern Munich will face Werder Bremen in the first semi-final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. Only two more games separate the Bavarians from the trophy they haven’t won since 2016, when Pep Guardiola was still at the helm.
Here’s a confirmation of the draw from the competition’s official twitter account:
Hamburger SV will meanwhile face RB Leipzig in the second semi-final. We all know how that will go ( that is to say, badly for HSV).
In his relatively short tenure as a Bundesliga coach, Niko Kovac has never failed to reach the final of the Pokal, even winning it against Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern Munich last season. He will surely want to repeat the feat with his new club, but Bayern’s form in the Pokal has been erratic at best.
Drochtersen-Assel were the first team to scare Bayern, putting on an Atletico-Madrid-esque defensive performance that almost sank the team. After that, the team needed a Thomas Muller penalty to scrape past Rodinghausen. The next game against Hertha Berlin was a defensive disaster, but team outdid themselves in the quarter finals by almost getting knocked out by Heidenheim.
Unfortunately for Kovac, Nikas Sule will have to serve a red card suspension, meaning that he will miss the semis. Hopefully, the team can overcome that hurdle and return to the final, and maybe win the domestic double for the first time since the Guardiola era.