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Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich – German Cup Final

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RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich square off in the 76th DFB-Pokal Final at the Olympiastadion Berlin on Saturday night.

Bayern Munich will be looking to win the German Cup for a record 19th time, as they face RB Leipzig in the final on Saturday evening.

The Bavarians travel to Berlin aiming to secure their fourth domestic double since 2013, after winning the Bundesliga for a seventh straight time over the last weekend.

Road to the Final:

First Round: SV Drochtersen/Assel 0–1 Bayern Munich
Second Round: SV Rodinghausen 1–2 Bayern Munich
Round of 16: Hertha BCS 2-3 (a.e.t) Bayern Munich
Quarter-finals: Bayern Munich 5-4 FC Heidenheim
Semi-finals: Werder Bremen 2-3 Bayern Munich

RB Leipzig are making their DFB-Pokal final debut, as they will be looking to win the first major honor in their 10-year history.

They’ve conceded only three goals en route to the final, eliminating three Bundesliga clubs in the campaign.

Road to the Final:

First Round: Viktoria Koln 1–3 RB Leipzig
Second Round: RB Leipzig 2–0 Hoffenheim
Round of 16: RB Leipzig 1–0 VfL Wolfsburg
Quarter-finals: FC Augsburg 1–2 (a.e.t.) RB Leipzig
Semi-finals: Hamburger SV 1–3 RB Leipzig

Team news

Ralf Rangnick rested most of his first-team players in the final round of the Bundesliga against Werder Bremen and will have a full-strength squad to choose from on Saturday.

Slovenian midfielder Kevin Kampl remains a doubt though, while Tyler Adams returned from an adductor injury and is expected to feature in the final.

Captain Manuel Neuer, who missed the past six games with a calf injury is a major doubt for Nico Kovac.

The Croatian coach doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns, as Bayern Munich legends Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will play their final game for the German champions.

What did the managers say

RB Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick believes his boys have had a successful 2018-19 campaign.

“Before the season began, we set out to get as far as possible in every competition. The Europa League aside, we’ve had a successful season,” he said via DFB.

“To finish third in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League, whilst also reaching the DFB-Pokal final is simply fantastic.

“We’re extremely motivated when it comes to the cup, partly because we’d never previously reached the quarterfinals. Now we can get excited about the chance to win the competition for the first time in our still relatively short history as a club.”

Nico Kovac talked about Berlin, the city he was born in and what it means personally for him to return for a third successive DFB-Pokal final.

“You don’t need me to tell you that Berlin is a special place for me. I was born there, spent my childhood there and am now traveling back for a DFB-Pokal final with my team for a third consecutive year. I know how incredible the atmosphere is for these games,” he said via DFB.

“When you’re at FC Bayern, you want to win everything. The DFB-Pokal is the shortest route to a title – it’s not always easy, but it’s always important.

“Football is about winning. How many players and clubs dream of the DFB-Pokal? We can make this dream come true.”


RB Leipzig are in their first DFB-Pokal final and are looking to become the 26th team to win the trophy.

Bayern Munich are already record winners with 18 trophies in the German Cup. They will play their 23rd DFB-Pokal final.

The Bavarians played in last year’s Cup final but suffered a surprising 3-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Niko Kovac has won 16 of his 17 cup matches as a coach. He lifted the trophy last season with Frankfurt against Bayern, only losing the 2017 final against Dortmund.

The Croatian will be looking to become the first coach since Felix Magath in 2005 and 2006 to win back-to-back DFB Cups.

RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich have met each other only seven times in history. The Bavarians have noted five wins, including one in last year’s DFB-Pokal round of 16 on penalties.