Sven Bender believes Borussia Dortmund’s experience can give them an edge over Eintracht Frankfurt when the pair meet in Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final.
Der BVB came from behind to secure a magnificent 3-2 win at Bayern Munich in the last four and are now set to play in their fourth straight German cup decider.
However, they have been on the wrong side of the result in the last three years but Die Schwarzgelben are the 1.40 favourites to lift the trophy for a fourth time in Berlin on Saturday, with the draw over 90 minutes 4.75 and Frankfurt 7.00.
Despite some impressive performances, boss Thomas Tuchel’s ongoing feud with the board has seemingly cast a shadow over the season and there are rumours that the clash at the Olympiastadion will be his final game in charge.
Having finished third in the table behind Bayern and Bundesliga new boys RB Leipzig, questions have been asked about their squad, with Tuchel still trying to blend his older players with his younger stars.
Bender, Lukasz Piszczek and club captain Marcel Schmelzer are some of the few remaining members of the team that won this competition in 2012 and the 28-year-old believes their experience could prove crucial.
He told the club’s official website: “It’s definitely crucial; we have players who have been in all these finals and learned a lot.
You mature in such all-or-nothing games, and you learn to find ways to reach such games again.
“Nonetheless, we will need to play the same football that has set us apart throughout the season and brought us so far. There is nothing better than winning a title!”