DFB-Pokal preview : Bremer SV vs Bayern Munich

Bremer SV take on Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday. 

The tie has been postponed to 25th because of a coronavirus outbreak at the fifth-tier club. The match was originally supposed to played in the first week of August. Bremer SV were quarantined for 14 days as three players tested positive. “The health of our players and opponents is paramount, so we consider the order to quarantine our team as right and necessary”, said Bremer chairman Peter Warnecke in a statement. Bayern have also had French midfielder Corentin Tolisso ruled out after testing positive for the virus last week. 

Bremer secured a place in the first round of the DFB-Pokal after winning their eighth Bremen Cup title last season. However, they have not been very lucky in recent years. Bremer exited the competition in eight of their previous nine appearances at this stage. A second-round exit to FC St. Pauli in 1986-87 was the only exception. History may very well repeat itself this year. Overcoming the mighty Bayern Munich is quite a daunting task for any team. 

Bayern aim to regain supremacy by defeating Bremer

The German champions will look to make up for an early exit in last year’s competition following a shock defeat to Holstein Kiel in the second round. The match ended in a 2-2 draw and saw Bayern exit on penalties. Borussia Dortmund went on to win the tournament, inheriting the title from Bayern who won it the previous two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20). 

The last team to knock Bayern out in the first round of the DFB-Pokal were TSV Vestenbergsgreuth back in the 1994-95 season. Could Bremen repeat similar heroics and cause a major upset as Bayern gun for a 21st DFB-Pokal title?

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