Munich (dpa) – This Supercup top is special. Rather than fighting for the first trophy of the season in the classic overture before the start of the competition, FC Bayern rushing from title to title and regular challenger Borussia Dortmund are under great pressure after days of frustration.
With a prestigious victory over Clásico, Germany, the two industry giants can quickly put their recent setbacks behind them. “We are still confident in our strengths,” announced confident three-time trainer Hansi Flick before the ever-explosive showdown.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the classic football will not only take place later than normal after the second day of play on Wednesday (8.30 pm / ZDF and DAZN), but also without spectators. However, this does not change the sporting value of the game, which is broadcast in more than 200 countries. “The fans in Europe and beyond watch 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 excitement of 90 or even 120 minutes plus a possible penalty shoot-out. “Every match is important and always a challenge against Dortmund,” emphasized the Bayern patron.
The expectations of Flick and Lucien Favre had disappeared after the bankruptcies of Bayern in Hoffenheim (1: 4) and Borussia in Augsburg (0: 2). Both want to show their excellent ensembles the lessons of their defeats until the kick-off in the Munich arena. “We will take out the things that make us better for the next game,” said Flick. After the triple and the European Super Cup, the fifth title beckons. The Club World Championship as the sixth championship has not yet been completed.
After three embarrassing appearances in the competition in Munich, in which they went down 0: 6, 0: 5 and 0: 4, the Dortmund squad 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 game 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, should not play a role in the long-running Supercup, which was re-introduced a decade 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 doing everything we can to make sure everyone is fit enough to beat Dortmund.”
Unlike on Sunday in Hoffenheim with the first loss since December, Robert Lewandowski returns to the starting line-up. The focus is on the duel between the 32-year-old, who is this week’s favorite for the freestyle to music for “Europe’s Footballer of the Year”, 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 in the 0-1 between Dortmund and Munich in May and then also delayed due to an injury, but also for the other young people from Dortmund such as Giovanni Reyna (17), Jude Bellingham (17) or Jadon Sancho (20) there is a high school diploma. But it is entirely possible that Favre is rotating. Captain Marco Reus and Julian Brandt were thus able to 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.
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|