Dortmund eyes fitting Klopp era finale with Cup win

Borussia Dortmund want a fitting farewell for coach Juergen Klopp and his success-laden seven-year stint when they take on VfL Wolfsburg in the German Cup final on Saturday.
Klopp, who had announced his departure months ago, led Dortmund to the German league titles in 2011 and 2012, the German Cup in 2012 as well as two German Super Cups in 2013 and 2014. But a disappointing domestic season that saw them finish in seventh place triggered his decision to leave, much to the disappointment of club bosses and fans. and”What I want is to drive one more time around Borsig Square [in a victory parade],and” Klopp had said after Dortmund eliminated holders Bayern Munich on penalties in the semifinal. With his team having improved since the winter break and rescuing a Europa League spot for next season with a thrilling comeback from last place in February, Dortmund are brimming with confidence.
h2Bilbao aims to upset Barandcah2
Athletic Bilbao have proudly resisted pressure to abandon their policy of only recruiting players of Basque origin, making it all the more impressive that they are the club standing between Barcelona and a record-extending 27th Kingand’s Cup. Treble-chasing Barandca host Bilbao, who are second on the all-time winners list with 23 Spanish Cups, in the final on Saturday (1930 GMT) having already wrapped up a fifth La Liga title in seven years. The Catalan giants can match their unprecedented trio of titles from 2008-09 if they win at the Nou Camp and go on to vanquish Juventus in the final of the Champions League at Berlinand’s Olympic Stadium on June 6. Many appear to have already written off Bilbaoand’s chances but they have again proved this season that on their day they are more than a match for La Ligaand’s heavyweights.
They beat Real Madrid 1-0 at the San Mames in March and ended their latest La Liga campaign in style last weekend with a 4-0 drubbing of Villarreal that secured seventh place and a berth in the Europa League for next season. They are playing in their third domestic Cup final in seven years — they lost to Barandca in 2009 and 2012 — and Barandca centre back Javier Mascherano knows Saturdayand’s clash will not be the stroll that some seem to believe.
h2Arsenal set for FA Cup recordh2 Arsene Wenger will seek to guide Arsenal to a record 12th FA Cup triumph when they face Aston Villa on Saturday and become the most successful manager in the history of the grand old competition. Yet as the Frenchman homes in on winning the trophy for the sixth time — one more than his former Manchester United sparring partner Alex Ferguson — Wenger promises the landmark does not concern him. Pitted against famished Premier League opponents Villa, who are desperate for success after a 19-year trophy drought and faced a relegation battle this side, Wengerand’s side are ready to retain the trophy they won last year against Hull City. A sixth FA Cup win for Wenger would create a record in the modern understanding of a manager, though Villaand’s managersecretary George Ramsay oversaw six FA Cup victories between 1887 and 1920 and was the driving force behind their success. Wenger has had the same kind of impact at Arsenal since he arrived in 1996, but says setting an individual landmark does not particularly bother him.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman