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Champions League 185 2340 Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich - players to watch 31764963 Power players Power+players Champions League

Known for their meticulous preparation, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp and Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes, will have seen enough of each other’s teams over the Bundesliga campaign. Bayern may have taken the advantage into the game after such a one-sided Bundesliga season, but Dortmund have a dangerous squad that can punish the Bavarians in an instant.

 

As the Germans descend on London before Saturday's highly-anticipated duel for arguably football’s greatest showpiece, we take a look at the major players who will decide the trophy's next destination spot.
 

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Champions League 185 2340 Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich - players to watch 31764966 Dante, D, Bayern Munich Dante%2C+D%2C+Bayern+Munich Champions League

Dante is Bayern Munich’s stalwart at the heart of its defense. Joining Bayern from Borussia Mönchengladbach last summer he has become a key member of the squad featuring in 11 of the club’s 12 fixtures in the Champions League. However much of Dante’s success in the final will come down to how he manages Robert Lewandowski. Tall, powerful and not lacking in pace, the Brazilian has what it takes to keep the Dortmund danger-man quiet in defense, but will also cause concern for Borussia Dortmund’s defenders at set pieces.

 

The 29-year-old set up Thomas Muller’s goal against Barcelona with the Bavarians boasting the most headed goals in this season's competition. It was also during the performance against Barca that he won 86 per cent of his tackles in the first leg keeping Lionel Messi out of the game. If he can silence Messi, he’ll have a great chance against Lewandowski.

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Champions League 185 2340 Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich - players to watch 31770509 Bastian Schweinsteiger, M, Bayern Munich Bastian+Schweinsteiger%2C+M%2C+Bayern+Munich Champions League

One of the world's most established and experienced midfielders, Schweinsteiger is the embodiment of Bayern’s work ethic. His energy, passing ability and all-round footballing brain are the basis for his team’s success with Bayern winning the last six European games that Schweinsteiger has started.

 

His importance can also be witnessed in the number of goals he has created during this European campaign. Schweinsteiger has assisted five goals in this season’s Champions League, a number bettered only by Paris Saint-Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic – with seven and Borussia Dortmund's Mario Götze - setting up eight. After missing the vital penalty in the Champions League final last year, Schweinsteiger will be desperate to make amends – which could be bad news for Dortmund.

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Champions League 185 2340 Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich - players to watch 31764965 Thomas Muller, W/F, Bayern Munich Thomas+Muller%2C+W%2FF%2C+Bayern+Munich Champions League

Bayern’s top scorer in this season’s Champions League with eight goals, Muller also scored in last year’s final in Munich. His powerful and direct running in attack has so far caused problems for the opposition which there have been no answers to. Despite launching the attack from Bayern’s midfield, Muller has a striker's knack for goals – usually appearing in the box at the perfect moment.

 

Operating at times like a second striker the 23-year-old thrives into space in the final third created by teammates, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. But it is his experience on the biggest stages that could prove vital with plenty of appearances with Germany including a semifinal in the 2010 World Cup and two previous Champions League finals with Bayern.

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Champions League 185 2340 Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich - players to watch 31764964 Mats Hummels, D, Borussia Dortmund Mats+Hummels%2C+D%2C+Borussia+Dortmund Champions League

With fitness a question surrounding Hummels heading into the final, Dortmund will feel they have to risk playing such an important member of the team. Despite spending most of his youth in Munich - even playing for Bayern – he has never looked back since his loan spell. His central-defensive partnership with Serbia international Neven Subotic has been infallible, creating a strong foundation for the club to be built upon during its league and domestic cup successes. The defenders tackling and reading of the game is his major attribute. In Dortmund’s semifinal second leg against Real Madrid, the German put in a solid performance winning 83 per cent of his challenges in the Spanish capital.

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Champions League 185 2340 Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich - players to watch 31770511 Ilkay Gündogan, M, Borussia Dortmund Ilkay+G%26uuml%3Bndogan%2C+M%2C+Borussia+Dortmund Champions League

Part of Dortmund’s engine room, Gundogan’s rise has coincided with his side’s recognition on the biggest stage. At the heart of the Dortmund’s midfield, the 22-year-old appears on the team sheet in a deeper-lying role, but his boundless energy usually sees him marauding forward. As a defensive midfielder his tackling statistics in the Bundesliga aren’t overwhelming – having only won 43 per cent of his challenges – but his pace and vision allows him to suffocate opposition’s attacks.

 

Coming to the Signal Iduna Park in 2011, Gundogan has forced his way into the squad becoming one of Jurgen Klopp’s most important players and seen as one of Dortmund’s unsung heroes during the league and cup double in the 2011-12 season. Tipped as the long-term successor to Bastian Schweinsteiger in the German national team, his battle with fellow countryman and Bayern midfielder, Thomas Muller will be vital.

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Champions League 185 2340 Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich - players to watch 31770510 Robert Lewandowski, F, Borussia Dortmund Robert+Lewandowski%2C+F%2C+Borussia+Dortmund Champions League

Lewandowski is seen as one of the most lethal forwards in the competition and as a well-rounder striker who can score an array of goals. Strong, powerful and quick his physical traits allows him to operate freely as Dortmund’s lone striker, but it is his technical ability and clinical finishing - that Real Madrid found – can make him unstoppable.

 

Although it was this performance that brought the Polish international to the attention of many, Dortmund’s number 9 has been a consistent scorer this season, netting 36 goals in 48 matches. Since joining the club in 2010, Lewandowski has led the fluid, interchangeable front four of Mario Götze, Marco Reus and Jakub Blaszczykowski. It current form and record of five goals in six appearances against Bayern that could decide the final.

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