Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will hope to complete a domestic double on Saturday, when they face Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Jupp Heynckes' side won the title by 21 points and lost just four games on their way to a sixth consecutive league crown.
They will be hot favourites to win on Saturday but face an Frankfurt team managed by Niko Kovac, who will replace Heynckes in the Bayern hotseat in July.
Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 7 p.m. BST, 2 p.m. ET
TV Info: BT Sport 3 (UK), ESPN Deportes (U.S.)
Live Stream: BT Sport website
Kovac Needs to Impress Future Employers
Bayern revealed in April that Kovac would replace Heynckes, but he has done little to impress either his current or future employers since the announcement.
Frankfurt may have beaten Bundesliga runners-up Schalke to book their place in the final, but they lost four of their last five league games and finished eighth, outside of the European spaces.
One of those defeats was a 4-1 loss to a much-changed Bayern side at the Allianz Arena. Heynckes had rested most of his regulars ahead of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid, but they still cruised to victory over Kovac's men.
Frankfurt sporting director Bruno Hubner was forced to respond to speculation Kovac could be sacked after the poor run and said he would stay at the club until the end of the season, per Stephan Uersfeld at ESPN FC.
A win for Frankfurt on Saturday would help Kovac's cause. Frankfurt would qualify for the Europa League with a victory, and while it would deprive Bayern of a double, it would show his new club's supporters he has what it takes to overcome the odds and win trophies.
Lewandowski Needs a Big Performance
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski picked up his sixth Bundesliga title this season and also comfortably finished the campaign as the league's top scorer:
Robert Lewandowski wins Bundesliga top goalscorer with 29 goals 🎤— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 12, 2018
14 goals ahead of his nearest rival. pic.twitter.com/wQnP8GA4ug
Yet the Champions League continues to elude him, and there is an uneasiness around the striker at the club. Mark Lovell at ESPN FC showed how supporters have reacted to Lewandowski lately:
Hardly a ripple of applause from Bayern fans for Robert Lewandowski as he collects Bundesliga top scorer prize from Kicker's Carlo Wild.— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) May 12, 2018
The Poland international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, but those talks have broken down and the Bavarians expect him to stay, according to Sky Sports News.
Lewandowski has come in for criticism for his performances in Europe after seeing his goals dry up, as shown by Squawka Football:
Robert Lewandowski has failed to score in each of his last five Champions League games:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 1, 2018
❌ vs. Besiktas
❌ vs. Sevilla
❌ vs. Sevilla
❌ vs. Real Madrid
❌ vs. Real Madrid
13 shots in total (unlucky for some). pic.twitter.com/NaAxCezTIF
There has also been friction with Heynckes after Lewandowski refused to shake his manager's hand when substituted against Cologne. The Bayern manager said he "did not find it funny at all," per Lovell.
Saturday's final is Heynckes' last game in charge of Bayern, and he will want to sign off with a win. Lewandowski looks destined to stay at the club, and a big performance would help answer his critics.