FC Bayern München will need to overcome a six-game streak without a win in competitive matches against Borussia Dortmund to keep their dream of a treble alive.
The two heavyweights of German Football clash in the quarterfinals of the DFB Pokal (German FA Cup) on Wednesday night at the Allianz Arena. Dortmund have had the upper hand over FC Bayern for two years, becoming German champions in consecutive seasons, but also handing the Bavarians some crushing blows along the way.
FC Bayern have not beaten Borussia Dortmund since a 3-1 win in 2010 under the guidance of Louis van Gaal in the Bundesliga.
It should be noted that FCB did pick up a 2-1 win against Dortmund in the German Super Cup—but this counts as an "unofficial" and non-competitive match.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, though, is looking forward to the colossal battle at the Allianz Arena where 72,000 supporters will watch one of the most in-demand games on the planet.
The FC Bayern supremo told die Welt: "It is an exciting duel between the two. A difficult game, too, but not only for ourselves, for Borussia Dortmund. Fans in Germany can look forward to this one."
As the league leaders look to hand Dortmund a blow this time round, here is a look back at the last six matches between the two teams.
Oct. 3, 2010, Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park
Borussia Dortmund 2, FC Bayern 0
Jurgen Klopp's youthful, fresh-faced buzz around Dortmund was taking shape, having already beaten archrivals FC Schalke 04 in Gelsenkirchen.
Klopp's 4-2-3-1 system included Japanese talent Shinji Kagawa, who was taking the league by storm, as well as Lucas Barrios leading the frontline. FC Bayern fielded the likes of Philipp Lahm, Daniel van Buyten and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and all are mainstays in the current record-breaking side.
Dortmund's counterattacking game was exploiting weaknesses in defence for Bayern and on 52 minutes, Barrios smashed home the opening goal. The ball broke kindly to the Paraguayan striker who made no mistake with the help of a wicked deflection. The Sudtribune was in raptures, and Nuri Sahin smacked home the second of the afternoon eight minutes later with a stunning free kick from 25 yards.
BVB: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, Sahin; Grosskreutz, Kagawa, Kuba; Barrios
FCB: Butt; Lahm, Van Buyten, Badstuber, Braafheid; Van Bommel, Pranjic, Muller, Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Gomez
Feb. 26, 2011, Bundesliga, Allianz Arena
Borussia Dortmund 3, FC Bayern 1
Borussia Dortmund's first league championship in nine years was beginning to come into sight.
There were endless storylines from this encounter in Munich—the match which really put BVB on the map as a quality side.Young Australian keeper Mitchell Langerak was handed a baptism of fire, starting in place of Roman Weidenfeller for Dortmund.
Without Shinji Kagawa, Klopp's men started at a rapid tempo and Lucas Barrios squeezed in the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes. The striker had, arguably, his finest hour in a Dortmund shirt against a weakened Bayern back line that included Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Luiz Gustavo in the middle.
But the Brazilian equalised to keep the home side's hopes raised temporarily, until Nuri Sahin produced a symbolic curling left-foot effort that put the away side ahead. The reaction of the players and bench showed how important this goal was in the campaign.
Mats Hummels made the three points safe in the second half with a header from Gotze's corner kick.
FCB: Kraft; Lahm, Badstuber, Tymoshchuk, Gustavo; Schweinsteiger, Muller, Pranjic; Robben, Ribery, Gomez
BVB: Langerak; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Sahin, Bender; Grosskreutz, Götze, Lewandowski; Barrios
Nov. 19, 2011, Bundesliga, Allianz Arena
Borussia Dortmund 1, FC Bayern 0
"Smash-and-Grab" is the term that best sums up Borussia Dortmund's third consecutive win over FC Bayern.
The visitors came to Munich with a strict game plan to frustrate an FC Bayern side looking to pull back points in the title race. This time around, Jupp Heynckes was in charge of the Rekordmeister, who were putting together a stronger title fight than the year before under Louis van Gaal.
At the back, Felipe Santana came in to replace Neven Subotic, who was out through injury, and the Brazilian had a dominant display alongside Mats Hummels. That and the defensive-midfield base of Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender won the important midfield battle and forced the Bavarians away from Roman Weidenfeller's goal.
And Dortmund's decisive strike came just past the hour mark with Mario Gotze snatching at a loose ball inside the penalty box—and finding the left-hand corner of the net.
FC Bayern might have enjoyed 61 percent of the possession—but their losing run against the champions continued.
FCB: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Badstuber, Lahm; Gustavo, Kroos; Ribery, Robben, Muller; Gomez
BVB: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Schmelzer; Kehl, Bender; Grosskreutz, Gotze, Kagawa; Lewandowski
April 11, 2012, Bundesliga, Signal Iduna Park
Borussia Dortmund 1, FC Bayern 0
A late goal decided another tight match between the top two sides in German Football. Again, Borussia Dortmund came out on top for the fourth time in a row against the Bavarians.
Robert Lewandowski scrambled the ball home with a neat flick from Kevin Grosskreutz's shot on 77 minutes to snatch the points for Jurgen Klopp's side. BVB would eventually hold on to their eight-point lead and win the championship for the second year running.
With minutes to play, FC Bayern were handed a golden chance to level the game and take a point from Dortmund that would have feasibly kept the Bundesliga championship race open. Arjen Robben couldn't hold his nerve, though, and Heynckes' side left point-less.
BVB: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer, Kehl, Gundogan; Kuba, Grosskreutz, Kagawa; Lewandowski
FCB: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba; Gustavo, Kroos; Ribery, Robben, Muller; Gomez
May 12, 2012, DFB Pokal Final, Olympiastadion, Berlin
Borussia Dortmund 5, FC Bayern 2
The showpiece event in the German domestic calender was given the performance to match it.
Borussia Dortmund rattled their opponents in the capital, producing one of their best performances, to date, in the Klopp era. Shinji Kagawa said his farewells in fine fashion, breaking the deadlock on three minutes, converting Kuba's tidy cut-back on the break.
Despite Arjen Robben's 25th-minute equaliser, the champions stepped their performance up another gear and hit three goals inside 17 minutes at either side of the interval. Mats Hummels doubled their lead from the penalty spot on 41 minutes, before Robert Lewandowski made it three on the stroke of halftime, and then the Polish international netted a second soon after.
Ribery cut the deficit to just two—until Lewandowski had the final say after 81 minutes with his hat trick and his 29th domestic goal of the season.
BVB: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Kehl, Gundogan; Kuba, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
FCB: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Gustavo; Robben, Ribery, Kroos; Gomez
Dec. 1, 2012, Bundesliga, Allianz Arena
FC Bayern 1, Borussia Dortmund 1
The most recent clash in December had a completely different dynamic to previous matches.
FC Bayern were on course to become "Autumn Champions" and were looking to break every record in the book. Eventually, after a steady spell of pressure, Toni Kroos fired home a sweet left-foot finish to put the home side ahead on 67 minutes—with the Bavarians coming close to breaking their hoo-doo against the champions.
Like in 2011, the ever-impressive Mario Gotze stepped up to the mark with another massive goal for Dortmund to level the scores. The 20-year-old's performance was probably his best since breaking through, and he showed terrific composure and technique to volley home the equaliser, seven minutes after Kroos' goal.
Roman Weidenfeller produced a host of excellent saves to deny FC Bayern; in particular, a superb reflex stop to prevent Javi Martinez scoring a deserved goal. The Spanish midfielder was beginning to settle in his central role under Jupp Heynckes, and his battle with Ilkay Gundogan was one of the fascinating features of the match.
A point was enough for BVB—despite the massive gap between the two—to put a psychological dent in FC Bayern's championship battle.
FCB: Neuer; Lahm, Badstuber, Dante, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Martinez; Kroos, Muller, Ribery, Mandzukic
BVB: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, Gundogan; Kuba, Gotze, Reus; Lewandowski