Klinsmann loves Dortmund's enthusiasm under Klopp

The United States coach has revealed what he thinks are BVB’s best traits whilst tipping his old team, Bayern Munich, to win the Champions League on Saturday

Jurgen Klinsmann has spoken of his admiration for Borussian Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp ahead of the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

The current United States trainer, who has played for and coached at Bayern, is confident his old team can end their European disappointment but praised the Schwarzgelben attitude and quality at high pace.

“The enthusiasm!” the ex-Germany international told Spox, when asked what he admires the most about Dortmund under Klopp.

“The enthusiasm, the pace and conviction. Dortmund has some players who are technically superior to their competition and can play at the highest speed.”

“Klopp became a German champion with Borussia Dortmund and is now in the Champions League final – for me he has already arrived at the highest level. You must be a good coach when you build something great like Dortmund.”

When asked to make his prediction for the final at Wembley on Saturday, Klinsmann admitted that it has been an unpredictable competition this year but feels that his former club will triumph on the night.

“It is a single game, in which many uncertainties may happen and somehow those uncertainties would fit well with the course of the Champions League season. But based on the experience of recent years, the favourite in this final is Bayern Munich.”

The German coach currently has the task of helping the US qualify for World Cup 2014 after parting company with the Bavarian club in 2009.

Bayern & Dortmund the best teams throughout the Champions League, says Gary Neville

The former Manchester United defender is eagerly anticipating Saturday’s match and feels the German sides deserve their place in the final

Former England defender Gary Neville believes that Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have been the best teams in the Champions League this season and deserve their place in the final.

The 38-year-old has been impressed with the progress both sides have made in the competition and feels they have maintained their form throughout the competition.

“It’s not often the best two teams throughout the competition get to the final,” the Manchester United legend told thefa.com.

“Sometimes teams will be stronger before Christmas, some after Christmas, but these two have been the best teams throughout the year.

“I’ve watched a lot of their games and they invigorate you every time. They are two special teams.

“I’ve got nothing but praise for both sides. There will be some great players on view, the quality of football will be there for all to see and the atmosphere will be sensational.”

Neville won the Champions League with United in 1998-99 when they beat Bayern and in 2007-08 when they defeated Chelsea.

Rummenigge: Bayern not arrogant ahead of Champions League final

The club chairman has made it clear that the Bavarians will not underestimate Dortmund ahead of this weekend’s showpiece at Wembley

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has insisted that Bayern Munich will not get carried away ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

The Bavarians are by many seen as the favourites following their dominance in the Bundesliga and their impressive displays against Barcelona in the semi-finals of European club football’s elite competition, but the club’s CEO has warned that anything can happen in this weekend’s showpiece.

“Bayern have been very stable throughout the season and we have been playing some fantastic football,” he told reporters.

“We are not arrogant or pretentious heading into Saturday’s game, though. We know that this is a final and that anything can happen. We will not do anything different than in a normal game.

“Last year an English team won the final in Munich, we hope that his year a Munich team will win in England.

“I don’t think that there’s a single person in Germany who would begrudge Jupp Heynckes the Champions League title.”

Saturday’s match at Wembley kicks off at 20:45CET.

Borussia Dortmund-Bayern Munich Betting Preview: Expect fireworks from the start in all-German clash

Wembley hosts the biggest game in European football on Saturday, Hugh Wilson is backing the Bundesliga champions to come out on top and has an 11/4 value bet

German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund meet in London on Saturday in the Champions League Final.

The two sides have been outstanding in this year’s competition, thoroughly deserving their place in the final. Although Bayern ran away with the Bundesliga title, finishing ahead of Dortmund by 25 points, this match is expected to be a close encounter with both teams recording impressive victories in the semi finals.

Bayern come into this match after destroying Barcelona over two legs. Jupp Heynckes men all but sealed their place in the final after the first leg, winning 4-0 at the Allianz Arena.

Most people expected the Bavarians to sit back in the second leg, but Bayern had other plans, winning 3-0 to win 7-0 on aggregate. Heynckes side have only lost twice in this year’s campaign, to Arsenal and BATE Borisov. Paddy Power price them at 4/5 (1.80) to win in 90 minutes.

Borussia Dortmund have surprised many in the seasons competition. Jurgen Klopp has put together a fantastic side who were not handed a friendly draw in the group stages, having to overcome Ajax, Manchester City and Real Madrid to qualify for the knockout stages.

They did this with flying colours and went on to beat Shakhtar Donetsk and Malaga in the later stages of the competition, before a first leg thrashing of Real Madrid in the semi final saw them qualify for the final.

Paddy Power price them at 7/2 (4.50) which sees them start as heavy underdogs to win the match. The same firm price the draw at 13/5 (3.60).

The outright result for Bayern to win at 4/5 (1.80) seems like a fantastic price. The Bundesliga Champions have won 50 of their 58 total games this season, including beating Dortmund in two of their four meetings this term. Heynckes men will be eager to wipe away the memory of last years final, where they lost to Chelsea on penalties after dominating the match.

For those looking for more value, both teams to score in the first half at 11/4 (3.75) with Paddy Power seems too good to ignore. Both sides will be looking to draw first blood and come out of the traps with intent.

Dortmund have managed to score in the first half in four of their last six Champions League matches, with this bet paying out in three of them.

With Munich scoring in the first half in four of their last seven Champions League matches, this bet is tough to ignore. Had you backed this when the two sides met at the start of the month, then this bet would also have paid out.

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Betting Special: Expect Muller to banish Chelsea heartbreak at Wembley

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a prolific European campaign for Bayern Munich, and Al Hain-Cole thinks that he offers exceptional value to score last against Borussia Dortmund

All eyes turn to Wembley on Saturday, as Bayern Munich take on Borussia Dortmund in European football’s showpiece game – the Champions League final.

For many of these players, this will be the biggest match of their careers, while the Bayern contingent will be particularly determined to make up for last season’s disappointment against Chelsea which saw them beaten at the Allianz Arena.

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Thomas Muller thought he had won it for die Roten when he opened the scoring with less than 10 minutes remaining at the Allianz Arena this time last year, and is his side’s top scorer in this season’s competition with eight goals in 12 games.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed the final say in five of the last 10 European ties, and therefore offers potentially lucrative value at 11/2 (6.50) with Bet 365 to score last in the big match.

Mario Mandzukic was not part of the side that collected runners-up medals last season, and is favourite at 9/2 (5.50) to open the scoring in London, despite scoring just two goals in nine Champions League fixtures.

At the other end of the pitch, Robert Lewandowski seems to offer better value at 6/1 (7.00) to score first, having hit 10 goals in Europe this season, including all four in Die Schwarzgelben’s amazing 4-1 win over Real Madrid.

The Poland striker has bagged five goals in the last six encounters with Saturday’s opponents, and with 30 goals in his last 31 starts for his club, he is not to be missed at 13/8 (2.63) to hit the back of the net once again.

With Bayern-bound Mario Gotze conveniently injured for this match, Jurgen Klopp will hope to see Marco Reus take a central role in his side’s attack, and with four European goals to his name, the 23-year-old is available at 8/1 (9.00) to open the scoring, with 9/4 (3.25) looking tempting for him to score anytime.

Although almost impregnable at times this season, Jupp Heynckes’ defence has looked slightly vulnerable from set-pieces.

This weakness was exposed on Saturday by Borussia Moenchengladbach, who scored with their first corner of the match, while two of the last three goals conceded in this competition have come via that same route.

With this in mind, fans of long shots may want to think about backing Mats Hummels to score anytime at 11/1 (12.00), as the tall centre-back showed against Shakhtar Donetsk in the first knockout round that he is a real threat in attacking situations.

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.