DFB Cup final: Key Battles
Mario Mandzukic has established himself as the first-choice striker at FC Bayern this season and his confidence will be sky-high after
Charged with keeping him under control will be Stuttgart's powerhouse centre-back Georg Niedermeier, who himself played for Bayern between 1995 and 2009
Arjen Robben also made his point at Wembley last week by scoring the winning goal to crown Bayern kings of Europe, but he has
The Dutchman will likely be up against powerful left-back Cristian Molinaro, whose error helped Bayern to victory the last time the two sides met in the league in January
Thomas Müller will be looking for his second DFB Cup winner’s medal after triumph in 2010...
...and VfB's cultured defender Serdar Tasci will have to keep an eye on the Germany international, who will look to find space for a shot or killer pass in the No10 role
Franck Ribery, who has said this season has been his 'best ever', will take up his usual position on the left. The Frenchman will be out to atone
Japanese international Gotoku Sakai could be the man to keep Ribery in check; the 22-year-old, who moved to VfB
Bastian Schweinsteiger finally added the Champions League to his long list of honours as an FC Bayern player, but he will now be intent on
As Schweinsteiger is the heartbeat of the Bayern team, the same might be said for Christian Gentner at Stuttgart. The 27-year-old has played 176 times for the club and scored in both the last sixteen and quarter-final rounds. Schweinsteiger will need to be wary of his runs from deep
The hardman in the FCB midfield is unquestionably Javi Martinez. The Spanish international midfielder has been an instant
Martinez will be charged with breaking up Stuttgart's attacks, many of which tend to come through Alexandru Maxim. The talented youngster
David Alaba also tasted defeat in last season's final against Dortmund and will, despite his young age, be
Martin Harnik, Stuttgart's right winger, will have his work cut out stopping Alaba's marauding forward runs. The duo may be
This has already been a great season for Philipp Lahm, lifting his first league title as club captain and finally winning the Champions League.
Lahm's forward bursts will mean a great deal of running for VfB's Ibrahima Traore, another impressive performer
In the absence of Brazilian defender Dante, Jerome Boateng will be the man to organise the Bayern defence. As well as marshalling the backline, he will have to mark...
...Vedad Ibisevic. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international is Stuttgart's leading scorer in all competitions this season with 24 goals, including four in five Cup games