Created on 12-02-2014 at 22:55 PM
Holders Bayern have been handed a favourable task in the DFB Cup semi-finals with a home tie against long-term foes FC Kaiserslautern, currently third in the second division and surprise conquerors of the Bundesliga's second-placed team Bayer Leverkusen in the last eight.
“We’re not unhappy and in the first instance we’re delighted to be drawn at home,” commented FCB board director for sport Matthias Sammer following Wednesday’s crushing 5–0 victory over Hamburg in the quarter-finals. Kaiserslautern pulled off the shock of the last eight with a 1–0 win after extra time away to Leverkusen. “We know we’re favourites,” Sammer continued, “but we’ll have to focus and take it seriously. If we don’t, we could have something similar to what happened tonight in Leverkusen. No-one thought that would happen. We’re forewarned.“
FCB and FCK, the last remaining second division team in this season’s knockout cup, crossed swords in the second round of last season’s competition, with the current Bundesliga leaders easing to a 4–0 victory. Bayern and the men from the Rhineland Palatinate have met seven times in the DFB Cup so far, with Munich well ahead on six victories. The Reds have only lost to the Red Devils once, a 2–1 defeat in the third round back in 1980.
Borussia Dortmund will host VfL Wolfsburg in the second semi, with the ties to be played on 15 and 16 April. The final at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin takes place on Saturday 17 May.
DFB cup semi-finals:
Bayern - FC Kaiserslautern
Borussia Dortmund - VfL Wolfsburg