LONDON (Sporting Alert) — The following are the starting lineups for tonight’s Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at Wembley Stadium.
Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben and Javi Martinez are all amongst the starters tonight for Bayern Munich, which also have a very strong bench that includes the likes of Mario Gomez, Luiz Gustavo and Xherdan Shaqiri amongst the subs.
Dante also returns to the starting and will be defence in place of Daniel van Buyten.
Meanwhile, scoring machine Robert Lewandowski leads the attack for Borussia Dortmund with the impressive Ilkay Gundogan also starting.
Defender Mats Hummels also starts tonight, while with the injured Mario Gotze out and heading to Bayern Munich next season, he is replaced by Kevin Grosskreutz.
This will be the first ever all-German final, with both teams knocking off Spanish giants, in Barcelona and Real Madrid to get to this stage.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid midfielder Zinedine Zidane and ex-Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack gave their predictions.
“If I have to make a bet then I reckon Bayern are the favourites. They are strong mentally while it’s the first time in a while for Dortmund. I reckon 3-0,” said Ballack.
But Zidane wasn’t so sure about Ballack’s views.
“I do think the same as Michael. Bayern are favourites. Dortmund is very new in recent years but doesn’t mean they’re not good. I reckon there will be a one-goal difference in favour of Bayern,” said Zidane.
“This is a kind of goal difficult to repeat. I tried to reproduce the goal since, for advertising etc, but to no avail,” he added.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba, Martinez, Schweinsteiger, Robben, Muller, Ribery, Mandzukic.
Subs: Starke, Van Buyten, Shaqiri, Luiz Gustavo, Tymoshchuk, Pizarro, Gomez
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Bender, Gundogan, Blaszczykowski, Reus, Grosskreutz, Lewandowski.
Subs: Langerak, Kirch, Felipe Santana, Kehl, Leitner, Sahin, Schieber
Game Officials: Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Assistant referees: Renato Faverani (ITA) & Andrea Stefani (ITA) Additional assistant referees:Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA).