Berlin - The domestic 2013/14 season may be on its final stretch, but German football fans will be treated to one final titanic tussle when the country's top two sides FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund go head-to-head in the DFB Cup final at Berlin's Olympiastadion on Saturday (kick-off: 18:00 GMT/20:00 CET).
Football fanatics from a record 189 countries will be watching when Bundesliga champions Bayern take on arch rivals BVB in the German capital as the holders aim to get their hands on their fourth piece of silverware this term, while in-form Dortmund are looking to clinch their second title after beating Pep Guardiola's charges to secure the DFL Supercup at the start of the season.
Bayern's head coach, who has already won the Bundesliga, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his first year in Munich, is under no illusions as to the importance of Saturday's final. "It's the highlight of a magnificent season for both sides," said the Catalan. "These are two very attacking teams and both know each other extremely well. The game promises to be very exciting."
Just like his opposite number, Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp is eagerly anticipating the encounter at the Olympiastadion, where the last two German Cup winners will lock horns once more. "The DFB Cup final is the greatest of all finals and the atmosphere in Berlin is one of a kind," said the 46-year-old at the pre-match press conference.
The Schwarz-Gelben, who finished runners-up to Bayern in the league, received a boost on Friday when Klopp confirmed that 2013/14 Torjägerkanone winner Robert Lewandowski, who will be making his final appearance for BVB before joining Bayern in the summer, is likely to win his fitness battle. "He only did three-quarters of yesterday's session, but I expect him to be fit in time," said Klopp.
Bayern, meanwhile, will have to do without the injured Bastian Schweinsteiger, but Guardiola hopes Franck Ribery can overcome his recent injury problems. The FCB tactician has opted not to include Reds' top scorer Mario Mandzukic in his squad, leaving Thomas Müller, who has scored seven times in the DFB Cup this season, as the Bavarians' most likely option up front.
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Jojic, Sahin - Mkhitaryan, Reus, Großkreutz - Lewandowski
Bayern München: Neuer - Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Javi Martinez - Lahm, Kroos - Robben, Götze - Müller