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Champions League final: Bayern v Dortmund - key battles

Updated: Saturday, 25 May 2013 12:24 | Comments

Bayern v Dortmund is live on RTÉ Two and RTE.ie (RoI only) and on 2fm's Game On
Bayern v Dortmund is live on RTÉ Two and RTE.ie (RoI only) and on 2fm's Game On

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Live television coverage of Bayern Munich v Borrussia Dortmund from 19.00 on Saturday 25 May on RTÉ Two and RTE.ie (RoI only). Live radio coverage on Game On on RTÉ 2fm and RTÉ.ie (RoI only) from 19:30.

BAYERN V DORTMUND - KEY BATTLES

MARIO MANDZUKIC v NEVEN SUBOTIC

Croatian hitman Mario Mandzukic has plundered 17 goals for Bayern this season, but has managed only two in the Champions League, where strike partner Thomas Muller has chalked up eight.

Mandzukic will be out to spearhead Munich's formidable frontline, which also includes widemen Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, at Wembley, but faces a tough adversary in Serbia international Neven Subotic.

Standing alongside former Bayern player Mats Hummels, the 24-year-old has developed into one of the most impressive defenders in German football, linking him with big-money moves to Chelsea and Manchester City.

BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER v MARCO REUS

Still only 28, German international Schweinsteiger has been a mainstay of the Bayern team for over a decade, yet the tireless all-action midfielder has twice now been a loser in the Champions League final.

Reus has been a revelation in his first season back at Dortmund, replacing Shinji Kagawa who went to Manchester United.

Reus' energy and ability to pick a pass in the final third will also mean the loss of Mario Gotze to injury will not be too badly felt.

DANTE v ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

Signed from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer, Brazilian Dante wasted little time in establishing himself as a key member of a miserly Bayern backline that has conceded just 18 goals in their 38 Bundesliga matches.

The left-footed defender will need to show all of his composure to help shackle Poland forward Lewandowski, who crashed in all four goals to sink Real Madrid in their semi-final first leg at the Westfalenstadion.

PA Sport

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