A narrow, but well-deserved win of 1:0 in Gelsenkirchen allowed Bayern Munich to advance to the semifinals of the DFB-Pokal. On Sunday, Bayern drew Eintracht Frankfurt. The match will be played in Munich on April 21st at 20:30 (CET).
Semi-final draw— The DFB-Pokal (@DFBPokal_EN) March 8, 2020
⚽ @FCBayernEN vs. @eintracht_eng
The 2019 winners take on the 2018 winners for the right to be 2020 finalists. #DFBPokal #Berlin2020 pic.twitter.com/mrlEfg1mTq
When asked by BFW after Sunday’s 2-0 win against Augsburg, this is what Bavarian-born Thomas Müller had to say about the draw:
We are playing at home. That is an awesome thing for our fans. For us players, we definitely like playing at home. In Frankfurt we have an opponent that handed us a painful 5-1 loss, though. They are very strong in their stadium. That’s why we are happy to get them at home. We’ve played against them often in recent years. And of course we want to advance.
Eintracht Frankfurt will have to do without one of their best players — Filip Kostić. He was given a four-game ban after a red card in his team’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen in the Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, the Bavarians can expect a tough match against Eintracht. As Müller mentioned, Bayern’s last match against the Eagles was a 5-1 loss — a result that led to former coach Niko Kovac’s departure.
Since Frankfurt is unlikely to qualify for European competition next season through table position alone — they currently sit in 12th place, nine points behind Schalke in sixth — the German Cup will be their best chance to earn a spot in Europa League.