The 41st DFB Women’s Cup final pits the all-time record-holders versus the reigning champions on a long winning streak. Sunday 30 May (kick-off: 16:00 CEST) at Cologne’s RheinEnergieSTADION will see nine-time winners Eintracht Frankfurt face seven-time champions VfL Wolfsburg. And while they are the most successful teams in the history of the competition, this is the first time that they will have met in the final.
Ahead of the match, coach Stephan Lerch spoke to the media about…
…Eintracht Frankfurt: “We obviously know one another well, not least having met twice in the league. We also played two friendlies against them in the winter training camp. Eintracht will come with a good game plan, as all so-called outsiders have done in recent finals. We’ll be ready for it.”
…the club’s winning streak in the cup: “The mental side of things is really important in the DFB Cup, and we’ve always had – including now – players in the squad who embody this mentality. The experience they have is obviously going to help. And when you’ve won every cup match you’ve played over such a long period of time, that gives you confidence. A lot of the players have that winning DNA.”
…how he feels ahead of his last final: “I feel really euphoric. It’s a final – and that’s not an easy thing to achieve. We’ve invested so much and put in the hard yards. A lot of us have worked hard – both the players and also the team behind the team. Being back here is a reward for us. I have to admit that as we were travelling here, a fair few memories came flooding back as I’ve experienced cup finals from a lot of different perspectives. And when I got to the stadium, I got goosebumps again. Since it’ll be my last final though, I’m shutting all that out. Now, it’s all about writing another page of history.”