Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has kept his cards close to his chest on whether Socceroo Mitchell Langerak will start tonight’s DFB-Pokal final.
Dortmund take on Wolfsburg in the German Cup decider from 4am AEST but, at the official press conference, both coaches confirmed they wouldn’t reveal their line-ups until 90 minutes before the match.
Much consternation has surrounded the Dortmund goalkeeper position, given regular number one Roman Weidenfeller returned from a pelvic injury last week in a 3-2 win over Werder Bremen.
Aussie shot-stopper Langerak had started the previous five games in Weidenfeller’s absence and performed well.
Langerak also saved a spot-kick in Dortmund’s DFB-Pokal semi-final penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich last month.
All this has occurred amid talk Langerak will take over as number one with Weidenfeller expected to leave Dortmund in the off-season.
However, the discussion on who’ll get the starting berth in Saturday’s final is more pressing, with Klopp and Wolfsburg counterpart Dieter Hecking enjoying a humorous exchange on the topic.
Klopp jokingly quizzed: “Dieter, when you reveal whether (Wolfsburg defender) Naldo plays, I’ll say who is in goal for us.”
Hecking cagily replied: “I think Mitchell Langerak plays in goal and Naldo is fit again.”
Meanwhile, the majority of the German press has included Langerak in their predicted starting line-ups.
The match will be Klopp’s last in charge of Dortmund and a chance for the club to make up for last season’s 2-0 final defeat to Bayern Munich.