Dortmund not favourites for Pokal final, claims Kehl

The midfield veteran expects Bayern to be fired up for the domestic cup final after missing out on the Champions League final

Sebastian Kehl has dismissed suggestions that Borussia Dortmund are favourites ahead of the DFB Pokal final against Bayern Munich later this month.

Since retaining the Bundesliga title in record fashion in March, Bayern have struggled to maintain their impeccable form from the start of the season and their drop in standards was highlighted in Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, with the Spanish team running out 5-0 winners on aggregate. 

That defeat curtailed the Bavarians’ hopes of completing the treble for the second year running and has led to suggestions that in-form Dortmund are in the driving seat to win the German cup when both rivals meet in the final on May 17.

However, BVB captain Kehl believes Jurgen Klopp’s charges will face a Bayern side that will be even more focused on adding silverware to their collection this term.

“Are Dortmund favourites? I don’t see it that way,” Kehl told Bild.

“Of course, being eliminated is a bitter pill to swallow for Bayern. But they will get over it quickly and will be fired up for the final.

“They will muster all their strength and motivation now to at least win a second title.

“But we’re completely focused on this title as well and know that we have a chance.”

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