Summary

  • Bremen travel to Bayern's Allianz Arena in DFB Cup last four
  • Pizarro won five DFB Cups with Bayern; one with Bremen
  • Guardiola's men beaten by Dortmund in semis last season.

Claudio Pizarro will look to fire SV Werder Bremen to the final of the 2016 DFB Cup at the expense of former club FC Bayern München on Tuesday (kick-off: 20:30CEST/18:30GMT).

The 37-year-old Peru international was in the side the last time the Green-Whites won the competition in 2009, but also tasted cup glory on five occasions in the red of 17-time winners Bayern.

Live blog: Bayern vs Bremen

'A world-class player'

"He’s had an outstanding career," said Bremen midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic after Pizarro rewrote the Werder history books with his 102nd Bundesliga goal for the club in Saturday's 3-2 win over VfL Wolfsburg. "We need his goals. He's a world-class player."

Pizarro has shown that time and again down the years, winning countless trophies since first moving to Bremen in 1999 and then to Bayern two seasons later. As well as being the Bundesliga's record foreign scorer (189 goals), the decorated Peruvian is also the DFB Cup's all-time leading marksman (29 goals), with his third stint at Bremen so far producing 15 goals in all competitions.

"Claudio is in top form," Werder forward Fin Bartels said at the weekend. "The things he can do are just sensational. I hope that he can add a couple more goals to his tally before the end of the season […] We're looking forward to the Bayern game, but there’s no pressure on us. It's a bonus; the Bundesliga is what matters most to us."

'We want to reach the final'

With Bremen currently occupying the Bundesliga's relegation play-off spot, it is easy to see why a glamour cup tie against the record German champions is not the priority. The Green-Whites have only been relegated once in their Bundesliga history - under Fritz Langner in 1979/80 - and that is how they would like it to stay.

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Bayern, by contrast, are once again in treble territory at the business end of the season. The Bavarians lead the Bundesliga table by seven points with only four games remaining and have a UEFA Champions League last-four tie against Club Atletico de Madrid just around the corner. Pep Guardiola's side fell at the semi-final hurdle in the DFB Cup last season, but the Catalan is determined to make sure history does not repeat itself in 2015/16, and has the likes of in-form Robert Lewandowski and Arturo Vidal to help him do so.

"We've taken a big step in the league, now we want to go through to the cup final," Guardiola affirmed following Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 home win over FC Schalke 04. "In the first half we didn't get into the match for a long time. There was a very big difference between the first and the second half. I hope this match was a lesson for the match against Bremen on Tuesday."

Possible line-ups

Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Kimmich, Alaba, Bernat - Alonso - Müller, Rode, Götze, Ribery - Lewandowski

Absentees: Badstuber (ankle), Boateng, Robben (both groin)

Coach: Pep Guardiola

Bremen: Wiedwald - Gebre Selassie, Galvez, Vestergaard, Sternberg - Grillitsch, Fritz, Yatabare, Junuzovic, Bartels - Pizarro

Absentees: Bargfrede (knee), Johannsson (light training)

Coach: Viktor Skripnik