Grosskreutz calm despite Gotze absence

Borussia Dortmund's Kevin Grosskreutz believes his side can beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final without the services of star playmaker Mario Gotze.

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With 20-year old Gotze set to leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich in the summer, the German international could have marked his last game for the club by winning the Champions League, only for a muscular problem picked up during the semi-final clash against Real Madrid to cost him an appearance at Wembley.

Despite Gotze's absence, Grosskreutz told Bild that his team still stood a chance of defeating their fierce Bavarian rivals.

"It's very bitter that Mario can't play. I feel really sorry for him, especially as he also missed last year's DFB-Pokal final. But we should not forget that we also won that game without him," he pointed out.

"We are once more the underdogs, but I don't mind that role to be honest. I know very well what we are capable of."

Team-mate Ilkay Gundogan believed the team's combination of hard work and desire would see them bring the Champions League trophy back to Dortmund.

"Everybody runs a lot on this team, that's true," he told the club's official website.

"But of course that isn't everything. The combination of passion and technical skill - that's our style."

The Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund takes place on Saturday.

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