German Cup final: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich — live buildup

Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen 
Kickoff 18:00 UTC
Olympiastadion, Berlin

Bayern-Leverkusen in the 2019-20 season

Both Bundesliga matchups between these two sides this season made headlines, as the fixture tends to do. Leverkusen snatched a 2-1 victory in Munich in their first meeting in November, their first win in Allianz Arena in seven years. But Bayern had their revenge in the reverse fixture, a 4-2 triumph in which four different Bayern players scored.

From the coach’s mouth: Bayern coach Hansi Flick

“We know [Leverkusen] have enormous speed in their team. We’ve adapted to that. It worked well a few weeks ago in Leverkusen, so we’re positive it’ll work again.”

Fun fact: Another Bayern double?

Bayern Munich have dominated German football since they were first promoted to the Bundesliga in 1965, but their dominance over the past decade has attained a new level. In June, they secured their eighth consecutive league title, a stretch that includes a treble and three other domestic doubles. If they beat Leverkusen on Saturday, they would achieve back-to-back domestic doubles for the second time in history, the first coming 2004-05 and 2005-06. 

Read more: Quiet leader David Alaba never tires of trophies

Fun fact: ‘Neverkusen’ history

Leverkusen have a long history of coming in second. That stigma is best exemplified by the 2001-02 season, when they finished second in the Bundesliga and lost the German Cup and Champions League finals. The phenomenon is so prominent that the club trademarked the term “Vizekusen.”

Read more: Now or never for Bayer Leverkusen

From the coach’s mouth: Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz

“If we show the mentality to really, really win this title, I think we have a good chance to beat [Bayern] … In November, we showed them that we have a good team and we can beat them.”

Bayern lineup prediction: Neuer — Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies — Kimmich — Goretzka, Müller — Coman, Lewandowski, Gnabry

Leverkusen lineup prediction: Hradecky — L. Bender, Tapsoda, S. Bender, Wendell — Aranguiz, Baumgartlinger — Diaby, Havertz, Bailey — Volland


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