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.