The key players for Borussia Dortmund in the 2024 Champions League final

Borussia Dortmund’s journey to the 2024 Champions League final has been nothing short of a fairytale for the German side.

Against all odds, the Bundesliga powerhouse topped a formidable group that included Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle United, and AC Milan.

Dortmund then navigated a treacherous path through the knockout stages, beating PSV Eindhoven, Atletico Madrid, and PSG to set up a climactic showdown with Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium.

With the Champions League winner odds stacked against them, here are the key players who could tilt the scale in Dortmund’s favour in London on June 1.

Gregor Kobel

Gregor Kobel’s performance throughout the Champions League has been exceptional, making him one of Dortmund’s most crucial assets heading into the final.

With six clean sheets and only eight goals conceded across 11 games, Kobel’s prowess between the posts will be vital against a potent Madrid attack.

His standout performances, especially in the semi-final against PSG, showcased his ability to deny some of the best forwards in the game.

As Dortmund face the firepower of Los Blancos, Kobel’s form will be paramount in keeping the Spanish giants at bay.

Mats Hummels

Despite his age, Mats Hummels has been a colossus at the back for Dortmund.

With over 1000 minutes of play, 50 tackles, and 114 ball recoveries in this Champions League campaign, his experience and leadership will be indispensable at Wembley.

Having already kept the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele quiet against PSG, Hummels’ ability to rise to the occasion will be key in marshalling Dortmund’s defence against the youthful exuberance of Madrid attackers like Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo.

Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho’s return to Dortmund on loan has been a revival of sorts for the young winger after a treacherous time under Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.

Though his goal contributions have been modest, with a crucial strike against PSV, his pace and trickery on the flanks could be a game-changer against Madrid.

Sancho’s understanding of Dortmund’s style and his ability to dismantle defences on the day means he could be the x-factor Dortmund needs to exploit any vulnerabilities in Madrid’s back line.

Niclas Fullkrug

Niclas Fullkrug has proven himself to be a clutch player for Dortmund in their thrilling Champions League campaign.

His pivotal goals against heavyweights like Atletico Madrid and PSG underline his knack for finding the net in crucial moments.

With three goals and three assists in the tournament, Fullkrug’s presence in the final will be central to Dortmund’s attacking strategy.

His ability to link play and finish under pressure will be essential if Dortmund is to breach Madrid’s defences and find the back of the net.

 

As Dortmund gear up to face one of football’s most decorated clubs, the performances of these key players will be under intense scrutiny.

It’s a David vs. Goliath encounter, and for Dortmund to triumph in the football betting, they will need their biggest stars to shine brightest on the grandest stage of them all at Wembley.

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