TOMORROW’S climax to the club football season should be an entertaining spectacle, as both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund favour attacking play and boast hugely talented individuals.
The absence of Mario Goetze from the Dortmund side, however, makes me think Bayern will do the bulk of the attacking, with their German rivals reliant on striker Robert Lewandowski to snap up one of his few chances.
Bayern could play either Mario Mandzukic or Mario Gomez at centre-forward and it wouldn’t affect their game because the cutting edge comes from their wingers. Arjen Robben has come on leaps and bounds since leaving Chelsea and is so consistent at a high level. Defenders know what he wants to do – cut inside on his left foot – but that doesn’t mean they can stop him.
With no fitness or off-field issues to distract him, Franck Ribery has been at his mesmerising best this term. The Frenchman can play on either wing but looks at home on the left, where his performances have been world class. I fancy
him and Robben to hold the key at Wembley. The man who several Premier League clubs rejected the chance to sign for €3.5m four years ago, Lewandowski would easily fetch £30m now because he can win matches on his own. Dortmund’s attacking spearhead is quick, has confidence, reads openings well, is always on the half-turn looking for through-balls, has great composure and does not need chances on a plate. He is simply the perfect modern centre-forward.
I expect Dortmund to be on the back foot for much of the match, so the performance of their central defenders will be key to their chances, and Hummels edges it over partner Neven Subotic. He is physical but also a fantastic footballer, clever on the ball and anticipates well.
He must keep the defence organised and hope that Lewandowski is at clinical best.
Trevor Steven is a former England footballer who now works as a media commentator.