Summary

  • Bayern will face Dortmund in the DFB Cup final on 21 May
  • The two sides met also in the 2012 edition, with Dortmund triumphant 5-2
  • Two years later, Bayern gained revenge with 2-0 win

FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund have set themselves apart from the rest of the Bundesliga, so it only stands to reason that Germany's current top two clubs will contest the DFB Cup final on 21 May.

After Bayern had sealed a place in their 21st final with a 2-0 home victory over Werder Bremen, Dortmund put an end to Hertha Berlin's dream of making the showcase event in their own backyard for the first time. The Black-and-Yellows dominated proceedings from start to finish in the capital, eventually running out 3-0 winners. And while their Munich arch-rivals have it firmly planned in as part of a potential treble, the cup is now BVB's only chance of rewarding themselves for an excellent season with some actual silverware.

"It won't be easy but we've got what it takes to beat them," said skipper Mats Hummels while Gonzalo Castro – scorer of the opening goal against Hertha – reflected that Bayern's triple-pronged commitment could work to Dortmund's advantage. Sporting director Michael Zorc went a step further, saying, "It's a game I expect us to win." Having lost to VfL Wolfsburg in the final last year, and Bayern the season before, the Ruhr district heavyweights clearly have no intention of leaving Berlin empty-handed for the third time running.

Much more to their taste would be a repeat of the 2012 final, when a thumping 5-2 success against Bayern wrapped up a domestic double for the team under then-coach Jürgen Klopp. BVB certainly looked in the mood against Hertha, with Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining Castro on the scoresheet to round out the win. "We did very well, we were under a lot of pressure after catapulting ourselves out the Europa League," said Hummels, referencing the previous week's last-minute loss at Liverpool FC.

Klopp's successor in the coaching hot seat, Thomas Tuchel, was likewise best satisfied with his side's response on the rebound. Delighted as he is to be one step away from a trophy to cap his own debut year in the job, however, Tuchel is keeping it all firmly in perspective. "I'm not going to make our entire season dependent on the outcome of the final," he has stressed already.