Germany World Cup winner Gunter Netzer feels Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has been "very courageous" by leaving Mario Mandzukic out of his squad for Saturday's DFB-Pokal final.
Mandzukic was left out of the Catalan's 18-man squad and is understood to have returned home to Croatia rather than travelling to Berlin.
Despite being the club's top goalscorer this season with 18 Bundesliga goals, he no longer seems to figure in Guardiola's plans, especially not since Robert Lewandowski will be arriving this summer from Borussia Dortmund.
"Guardiola wants to impose his ideas and way of playing and it looks like he is going to start that here, which is very courageous," Netzer told Sport1 television.
"Mandzukic is a player who really does not fit in with Guardiola's system.
"He never had such a centre forward in Barcelona and he struggles with that kind of striker."
Without Mandzukic, Netzer sees Bayern as outsiders to lift the DFB-Pokal trophy in Berlin, which would be a fourth item of silverware for them this season after victory in the Bundesliga, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
"Bayern are going through a bit of a rough patch at the end of the season, for whatever reason, while Dortmund have already had theirs," added Netzer, who won the World Cup in 1974 and the DFB-Pokal one year earlier.
"Dortmund are now heading in the right direction and that's why they are favourites for me, and I think they will win the game."