Tuchel relies on Reus to lead Dortmund past Bayern

Dortmunds players celebrate after defeating Bayern Munich at the German Soccer Cup semifinal match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich Germany Wednesday

This factor could be extremely precious in the battle to beat Bayern Munich, as both a mentality and physically good performance are required to be successful against them.

Hosts Bayern consider domestic success a given and a season with only one trophy is borderline failure, while visitors Dortmund have not won any important silverware since the 2011-12 season.

Bayern Munich central defenders Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez have been ruled fit for their German Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday. Tuhel's wards were Eintracht Trier 3-0, Union Berlin 2: 1, Hertha 2: 1 and Lotte 3: 0. And what better way to make it to the final in Berlin than by beating your biggest rivals in the Der Klassiker.

The striker missed Bayern's goalless draw at Leverkusen through suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card in the win over Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.

"This is a big dream for us", Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel said.

However, they've been beaten 1-0 by Leipzig and thumped 5-1 by Dortmund in their home games against top-three sides to date and it was a similar case last term as they lost 2-1 against Dortmund and 2-0 against Bayern. Whenever he plays, he scores important goals for us.

Dortmunds players celebrate after defeating Bayern Munich at the German Soccer Cup semifinal match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich Germany Wednesday
Tuchel relies on Reus to lead Dortmund past Bayern

Bayern's top-scorer Robert Lewandowski scored twice in the thumping home win, but Dortmund have Marco Reus back and the Germany winger has scored in each of his three games after six weeks sidelined by a hamstring injury.

The teenager cut inside in the penalty area and curved his strike round the keeper and in off the crossbar to send Thomas Tuchel's side to the final of the DFB Pokal.

"We want to win it", he said.

Tuchel had spoken of needing bits of luck in order to win in Munich and, despite the score, his team were getting it.

As for Borussia Dortmund, Nuri Sahin, Sokratis and Andre Schurrle are doubtful, Marc Bartra is ruled out.

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