Munich v Dortmund: Key battles

  • Last Updated: May 18 2013, 18:59 BST

We examine the key battles ahead of the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Robert Lewandowski: In form approaching CL final
Robert Lewandowski: In form approaching CL final

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will meet in an all-German Champions League final at Wembley on May 25.

Here, we takes a look at some of the contests which could decide the destiny of the cup.

MARIO MANDZUKIC v NEVEN SUBOTIC

Croatian hitman Mario Mandzukic has plundered 20 goals for Bayern this season, but has managed only two in the Champions League, where strike partner Thomas Muller has chalked up eight. Mandzukic will be out to spearhead Munich's formidable frontline, which also includes widemen Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, at Wembley, but faces a tough adversary in Serbia international Neven Subotic. Standing alongside former Bayern player Mats Hummels, the 24-year-old has developed into one of the most impressive defenders in German football, linking him with big-money moves to Chelsea and Manchester City.

BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER v MARIO GOTZE

Still only 28, German international Schweinsteiger has been a mainstay of the Bayern team for over a decade, yet the tireless all-action midfielder has twice now been a loser in the Champions League final. Should Gotze shrug off a thigh injury sustained in the semi-final win over Barcelona, the 20-year-old will get the chance to show Bayern just why he was worth a German record 37million Euro transfer with a masterclass at Wembley, where he will be out to heap more European Cup misery on his future employers.

DANTE v ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

Signed from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer, Brazilian Dante wasted little time in establishing himself as a key member of a miserly Bayern backline that has conceded just 15 goals in 33 Bundesliga matches so for this season - 21 goals less than the next-best defence in the division - and equalled a club-record of 20 league clean sheets. The left-footed defender will need to show all of his composure to help shackle Poland forward Lewandowski, who crashed in all four goals to sink Real Madrid in their semi-final first leg at the Westfalenstadion.


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