The quest for Europe's biggest football club cup, the 2013 UEFA Champions League trophy will be played on Saturday May 25 at Wembley Stadium in London England. The final will be played between German Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. For the first time in European football history two German clubs will play for the UEFA Champions League title. The winner will play against Chelsea (winners of the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League) in the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, with the winner of that match qualifying to play in the semifinals of the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup.
Borussia Dortmund advanced to the Champions League Final as the winners of Group D, ahead of Real Madrid, Ajax, and EPL Champions Manchester City.
Bayern Munich advanced to the finals after beating Juventus in convincing fashion and humiliating pre-Champions' League favorite FC Barcelona with a 7-0 goal aggregate. Bayern Munich have already won the German cup over last year's winner Borussia Dortmund, and is looking to add Europe' s most covered hardware—the Champions' League trophy to its trophy case. The biggest surprises in UEFA were Spanish giants Real Madrid and FC Barcelona getting knocked out of the tournament following humiliating losses.
Bayern Munich is the favorite to lift the Champions League trophy at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, but Dortmund plans to crash the party and play spoilers in quest of winning only its second Champions League title.
Reasons why Borussia Dortmund will win Champions League title
For Dortmund, it starts at the head—manager Jurgen Klopp is a tactical genius and is known for getting his players fired up, especially when they are not playing up to par or with confidence. On occasions during the Bundesliga season, Dortmund had relinquished leads but thanks to his exceptional managerial skills, he had been able to re-energized his club in ways similar to Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson does—and will his club to victory. (A good example of this was displayed during the first leg of the semifinal match against Real Madrid).
Borussia Dortmund is an even keel football club compared to the more hot-tempered Bayern Munich. During their Bundesliga matchup earlier this month, Munich received four yellow cards and one red, compared to Dortmund's one yellow. Prior to the match, Munich had eight yellow cards all season. During the match, Dortmund was able to frustrate Bayern Munich—causing tempers to flare, and Munich committing to bad tacks resulting in a very erratic game.
Physically, Dortmund matches up well against Munich. During their match against FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich was able to steamroll Barcelona because they were able to out-muscle them. However, when teams physically matchup with Munich and take the game to them, they get frustrated (as evident in game against Arsenal—Arsenal gave teams a blueprint of how to play against Munich). Dortmund's has two physically-tough defensive midfielders in Sven Bender and Ilkay Gundogan who will matchup well against Bayern Munich on Saturday. This weekend's game is going to come down to which team controls the middle. The team that controls the second-third of the pitch will dictate the tempo of the game and dominate the match.
Dortmund dynamic trio of Gotze, Reus, and Blaszczykowski will neutralize the fierce attack of Ribery, Robben, Muller, and Kroos. Dortmund's trio has provided a Champion's League tournament best seven goals and eight assists (in addition to their 33 goals and 28 assists during the regular season in the German league).
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