UEFA Champions League Final
Sunday 26th May
Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich LIVE 4:30am AEST
The feeling was euphoric as Bayern Munich completed a 7-0 aggregate rout of Barcelona. It was almost as though they had already won the Champions League title. All that was missing was the trophy. But the Bavarian giants received a just reward for what has been a monumental season under Jupp Heynckes.
The Bundesliga title was wrapped up with what seemed like half a season to spare, a place in the DFB Pokal final has been assured and the dominant run through Europe has reached its pinnacle. Bayern's fluid movement has proved unstoppable this season and their rapid counter attack was largely responsible for undoing one of the world's best sides in Barcelona.
The likes of Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Mueller have provided supreme service to Mario Gomez, although the striker hasn't been relied on to proved all the goals. While Bayern's attackers have stolen the headlines on many occasions this season, the defence has been just as impressive. They've conceded less than one goal every two games on average in the Bundesliga and will continue their stubborn resistance against Borussia Dortmund.
That will be no easy feat against Jurgen Klopp's side, with the frontline led by the lethal Robert Lewandowski. As evidenced by his four goals in the first-leg semi against Real Madrid, the Poland international can step up when it counts. Marco Reus and Bayern-bound Mario Gotze provide the creativity to unravel defences and will look to shift the play into the wide channels.
These two sides played out a dour 1-1 draw at the start of the month with very different line-ups to the ones that will feature at Wembley. It's no indication for what the final promises when Europe's two form teams clash for the right to be known as Europe's best.
Match preview provided by Mitchell Grima - ESPNFC