Munich (dpa) – This Supercup summit is special. Instead of fighting for the first trophy of the season in the classic overture before the start of the league, FC Bayern, who rush from title to title, and permanent challenger Borussia Dortmund are under a lot of pressure after days of frustration.
With a prestigious win at the German Clásico, the two industry giants can quickly put their recent setbacks behind them. “We still have confidence in our strengths”, announced the self-confident triple trainer Hansi Flick before the ever explosive test of strength.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the classic football will take place on Wednesday (8.30 p.m. / ZDF and DAZN) not only later than usual after the second match day, but also without spectators. However, this does not change the sporting value of the game broadcast in over 200 countries. “The fan in Europe and overseas watches this game. Both teams have to present themselves well for that,” said BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke in the “Kicker”. Uli Hoeneß is looking forward to the thrill of 90 or even 120 minutes plus a possible penalty shoot-out. “Every game against Dortmund is important and always a challenge,” emphasized the Bayern patron.
The anticipation for Flick and Lucien Favre was gone after the bankruptcies of Bayern in Hoffenheim (1: 4) and Borussia in Augsburg (0: 2). Both want to show their exquisite ensembles the lessons of their defeats until kick-off in the Munich arena. “We’ll take out the things that make us better for the next game,” said Flick. After the triple and the European Supercup, the fifth title beckons. The Club World Championship as the sixth championship is still pending.
After three embarrassing appearances in the league in Munich, in which they went down 0: 6, 0: 5 and 0: 4, the Dortmund team is in debt. “These performances, which we last offered in Munich, were below average and not okay,” said sporting director Michael Zorc. “This is a prestigious duel that has its charm just because of the pairing. If we go there, we want to win too.”
A lack of maturity, as Schwarz-Gelb revealed in Augsburg, must not play a role in the long-running Supercup, which was reintroduced ten years ago, as well as the wear and tear of the permanently stressed Munich team. “We have to develop a positive approach for the season,” advised Bayern captain and once-Schalke Manuel Neuer. “We’re trying everything to make sure everyone is fit enough to beat Dortmund.”
Unlike on Sunday in Hoffenheim with the first defeat since December, Robert Lewandowski will return to the starting lineup. The focus is on the duel between the 32-year-old, who is the favorite for the freestyle for “Europe’s Footballer of the Year” this week, with Erling Haaland (20), who was stopped in Augsburg. Lewandowski is the Supercup record shooter with five goals.
Not only for Haaland, who was disappointing at the 0-1 in May between Dortmund and Munich and then also slowed down by an injury, but also for the other youngsters from Dortmund such as Giovanni Reyna (17), Jude Bellingham (17) or Jadon Sancho (20) there is a school leaving examination. But it is quite possible that Favre is rotating. So captain Marco Reus and Julian Brandt could replace the talents Reyna and Bellingham.
The DFL Supercup:
The competition was held from 1987 to 1996 under the auspices of the DFB. It has been hosted by the German Football League (DFL) since 2010. With a total of seven successes, Bayern Munich is the record winner of the Supercup. If Borussia Dortmund won on Wednesday, they would draw level.
The winners since the reintroduction:
|2010||in Augsburg||Bayern Munich – FC Schalke 04||2-0|
|2011||in Gelsenkirchen||FC Schalke 04 – Bor. Dortmund||4: 3 i.E. (0: 0)|
|2012||in Munich||Bayern Munich – Bor. Dortmund||2: 1|
|2013||in Dortmund||Bor. Dortmund – Bayern Munich||4: 2|
|2014||in Dortmund||Bor. Dortmund – Bayern Munich||2-0|
|2015||in Wolfsburg||VfL Wolfsburg – Bayern Munich||5: 4 i.E. (1: 1)|
|2016||in Dortmund||Bayern Munich – Bor. Dortmund||2-0|
|2017||in Dortmund||Bayern Munich – Bor. Dortmund||5: 4 i.E. (1: 1)|
|2018||in Frankfurt / Main||Bayern Munich – Eintracht Frankfurt||5-0|
|2019||in Dortmund||Bor. Dortmund – Bayern Munich||2-0|