Borussia Dortmund will be looking to end the season on a high, as they face Eintracht Frankfurt in the final of the DFB Cup at the Olympiastadion. It’s been a while since the Black and Yellows last managed to win a silverware, with the latest of them coming in 2014/15 season, where they won the German Supercup by beating Bayern Munich. They are on the back of an outstanding performance against Werder Bremen, winning 4:3 to finish the season in third spot. However, Eintracht themselves, have had an equally great season under Niko Kovac and it surely isn’t going to be a walk in the park for Thomas Tuchel’s team.
Here is the predicted lineup for the Black and Yellows for their final against the Eagles.
Goalkeeper: Time and time again this season, Roman Burki has proved why he is Dortmund’s number one goalkeeper. His superb reflexes and amazing saves have saved Dortmund in many games. Burki’s performance will be crucial for Thomas Tuchel’s men.
Right Back: Lukasz Piszczek will probably miss the clash against Frankfurt, so Erik Durm will have to deputise for the Polish defender. Durm has been a handy outlet for Dortmund this season, often taking part in their buildup game.
Centre Back(R): It’s needless to say that Sokratis‘ exceptional performance and leadership have taken Dortmund this far in the competition. It will be a crucial game for the Greek international, who recently spoke about his ambition to win trophies.
Centre Back(L): Marc Bartra might again make the starting lineup on Saturday evening, although Matthias Ginter is another good option for coach Thomas Tuchel. Winning the DFB cup could be fitting for Marc Bartra, who experienced a lot things in his first season at BVB.
Left Back: Captain Marcel Schmelzer will guide his team against Frankfurt. The 29-year old is in brilliant form of late and he will surely be one of Dortmund’s key players on the night.
Central Defensive Midfielder: Nuri Sahin is expected to replace the injured Julian Weigl in the central midfield defensive position. The Turkish International has had an unfortunate season, ravaged with injuries.
Right Midfield: Ousmane Dembele will start as the right winger for BVB. The French International will be a key for Dortmund to unlock the sturdy Frankfurt defence.
Central Midfield: Shinji Kagawa looks in shape to start as the central midfielder. He has somewhat managed to find his lost rhythm in the second half of this season, and he will be looking to continue on that brilliant run.
Central Midfield: Another vital cog in the Black and Yellow midfield is Raphael Guerreiro. Always the main man behind all the creative work and the tempo in midfield, Eintracht really do need to be careful against the Portuguese picasso.
Left Midfield: No one deserves the cup more than Marco Reus does at the moment. The German International is yet to win a major silverware since joining Dortmund in 2012. He has failed to win the cup in his last three appearances in the final. No wonder he will be desperate to get his hands on the elusive DFB Pokal!
Striker: Despite all the transfer rumours circling around him, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will be focused on making his mark in the final and win his team the coveted silverware. However, if reports from Bild are to be believed, he recently admitted that he wants to leave the club after the end of this season, meaning this might be his last game as a Dortmund player.