RB Leipzig meets with Bayern Munich in the final of German DFB Pokal. The match will be played on Saturday, May 25th at Olympiastadion (Berlin)
When Ralf Rangnick returned to the place of the head coach, the fans perceived this event ambiguously. Let us recall that this specialist brought the Bulls in the Bundesliga, but he could not continue to perform the duties of head coach, as he had health problems. However, Ralf remained in the club, working as a sports director. On the one hand, the fans were pleased to see him again in this role because Ralf had merits with the team, but at the same time, he took a break in coaching activities for a certain period. Nevertheless, he hardly forgot how to train the team.
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RB Leipzig failed to shine in this season, as the fans wanted. However, an early elimination from European cups had a positive impact (to some extent) on the performance in the local championship, where the team secured bronze awards for several rounds before the end of the season. Let us note that the Bulls had a fantastic second part of the season. They lost only in the last round in Bremen to the motivated Werder, which fought to get into the Europa League. Prior to this match, RB Leipzig had not lost 18 official matches in a row.
In the last round, which was played a few days ago, the Munich club became the champion of Germany for the seventh time in a row. Let us note that, it has already become the holder of gold medals 29 times in total in its history. This is a fantastic figure, given the fact that Nurnberg is in second place and has only 9 league titles. In the final round, Bayern beat strong Eintracht. However, the team from Frankfurt, which had the opportunity to get into the Champions League zone, was surely suppressed psychologically. The fact is that Eintracht tragically lost to Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Europa League a few days earlier.
In that game, Bayern made the fans a little nervous when allowed the opponent to score an equalizer at the beginning of the second half. But after three minutes, Alaba restored the advantage, and then the visitors fell down - 5:1. The head coach Niko Kovac, who saved the disastrous season, was the happiest man after the final whistle. His men were 9 points behind Borussia Dortmund during the season, but the gap was leveled after all. Also, it should be noted that the forward of Bayern Robert Lewandowski became the best scorer of the Bundesliga for the fourth time. This time the Pole scored 22 goals against his opponents.
The rivals have recently met in the championship. It was the match of the penultimate round in Leipzig, where the teams did not score goals. In that meeting, the Bulls were able to put spokes into the wheel of the future champion, because Bayern, if it had won, could have officially tried on gold medals. As for the first leg duel in Munich, the erstwhile hosts celebrated their victory with a 1:0 score. In total, the history of confrontation between teams in the Bundesliga has 6 matches: Bayern has 4 wins, 1 draw and RB Leipzig won only once. Let us note that in 2017, the teams overlapped in the early stage of the German Cup, and then the Munich won only in a penalty shootout.
Both teams are in excellent shape, and I especially want to highlight the Bulls, which showed a fantastic second half of the season. They will play in the Champions League next season, but they can compete for the trophy.
Prediction for the match: RB Leipzig to win with +1.0 handicap