Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt: 2018 DFB-Pokal Final Live Stream, TV Info
Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will hope to complete a domestic double on Saturday as they face Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Jupp Heynckes’s side won the title by 21 points and lost just four games on their way to a sixth consecutive league crown.
They will be hot favourites to win on Saturday but face an Frankfurt team managed by Niko Kovac, the man who will replace Heynckes in the Bayern hotseat in July.
Here’s a look at how you can watch the game, followed by a closer look at the match.
Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 7 p.m. BST, 2 p.m. ET
TV Info: BT Sport 3 (UK), ESPN Deportes (U.S.)
Live Stream: BT Sport website
Kovac needs to impress future employers
Etsuo Hara/Getty Images
Bayern announced in April that Kovac would replace Heynckes, but he has done little to impress either his current or future employers since the announcement.
Frankfurt may have beaten Schalke to book their place in the final, but they lost four of their last five Bundesliga games and finished seventh, outside of the European spaces.
One of those defeats was a 4-1 loss to a much-changed Bayern side at the Allianz Arena. Heynckes had rested most of his regulars ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid, but they still cruised to victory over Kovac’s men.
Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner was forced to respond to speculation Kovac could be sacked after the poor run and said he would stay at the club until the end of the season, per Stephan Uersfeld at ESPN FC.
A win for Frankfurt on Saturday would help Kovac’s cause. It would qualify Frankfurt for the Europa League and,while it would deprive Bayern of a double, it would show his new club’s supporters that he has what it takes to overcome the odds and win trophies.
Lewandowski needs a big performance
Paul White/Associated Press
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has already picked up his fifth Bundesliga title this season and also comfortably finished the campaign as the league’s top scorer:
B/R Football @brfootball
Robert Lewandowski wins Bundesliga top goalscorer with 29 goals 🎤
14 goals ahead of his nearest rival. https://t.co/wQnP8GA4ug
Yet the Champions League continues to elude him and there is an uneasiness around the striker at the club. Mark Lovell at ESPN FC showed how supporters reacted to Lewandowski:
Mark Lovell @LovellLowdown
Hardly a ripple of applause from Bayern fans for Robert Lewandowski as he collects Bundesliga top scorer prize from Kicker’s Carlo Wild.
The Poland international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but those talks have broken down and the German side expect him to stay, according to Sky Sports News.
Lewandowski has come in for criticism for his performances in Europe after seeing his goals dry up, as shown by Squawka Football:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Robert Lewandowski has failed to score in each of his last five Champions League games:
❌ vs. Besiktas
❌ vs. Sevilla
❌ vs. Sevilla
❌ vs. Real Madrid
❌ vs. Real Madrid
13 shots in total (unlucky for some). https://t.co/NaAxCezTIF
There has also been friction with Heynckes after Lewandowski refused to shake his hand when substituted against Cologne. His manager said he “did not find it funny at all,” per Lovell.
Saturday represents Heynckes’ final game in charge of Bayern and he’ll want to sign off with a win. Lewandowski looks destined to stay at the club and a big performance would help answer his critics.
Breaking Sports News
via Bleacher Report – Front Page https://ift.tt/yO6Sgr
May 17, 2018 at 11:15PM