Munich (dpa) – The Supercup is not a classic seasonal overture this time, but it is the usual explosive showdown of the industry giants.
After unexpected bankruptcies in the league, champions FC Bayern and rival Borussia Dortmund want to immediately take the opportunity to overcome the frustration of winning the title. Hansi Flick was already in a good mood two days after the impressive winning streak in Munich, clapping his hands and looking forward to the first major football top of the young season.
“Usually the game takes place before the season. This time it is different from so many things. But it is always an absolute classic in Germany,” said the successful coach. Due to a capsule injury in Leroy Sané’s knee, Flick has to go without the injured top star for at least two weeks.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the game between champions and runner-up winners will not only take place later than normal and after the second game day on Wednesday (8.30 p.m. / ZDF and DAZN), but also without spectators. However, this does not change the sporting value of the direct duel, which is broadcast in more than 200 countries. “Every game against Dortmund is important and always a challenge”, honorary president Uli Hoeneß emphasized.
According to BVB captain Marco Reus, the game can even have a signal effect. “We need to have a different mindset and try to win this game because it is also important for us for the coming weeks,” said the attacking man who is about to return to the starting line-up.
The anger at Flick and Lucien Favre after the bankruptcies of Bayern in Hoffenheim (1: 4) and Borussia in Augsburg (0: 2) gave way more and more to the expectation of the match in the Munich arena. In the run-up to the German Clásico, before David Alaba’s stake is questionable, the Munich coach did not want to go into detail before the deadline on the many speculations about further newcomers to the skinny squad. He also did not comment on a loan from new goalkeeper Alexander Nübel.
“Let’s wait until October 5. I’m confident,” the 55-year-old said in view of potential newcomers and the transfer deadline on Monday. First of all, the fifth title should come after the triple and the European Supercup. 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. “The games were all worthless, you just have to put it that way. We have to be more toxic and play with more emotions”, Reus demanded.
A lack of maturity, as evidenced by black and yellow in Augsburg, should not play a role in the long-running Supercup re-introduced a decade ago. “This is a prestigious game that has its charm because of the combination alone,” said sports director Michael Zorc.
The wear and tear of the permanently stressed Munich champions visible in Hoffenheim does not concern Flick. Nobody asked for a break, said the coach, who himself is “immediately” tired. In any case, his stars are up to the challenge. “We need to develop a positive approach for the season,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer said of the hardships of long English weeks.
Unlike 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, who was stopped in Augsburg. Lewandowski is the Supercup record shooter with five goals. “To me Lewy is the world’s best striker,” said Flick. 20-year-old Noor Haaland is “well on his way to becoming one of the best forwards”. Dynamics and greed for goals are excellent.
Not only for Haaland, who was disappointing at the 0-1 in May between Dortmund and Munich and then was thwarted 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 final exam. But it is entirely possible that Favre is rotating. So Reus and Julian Brandt could replace the talents Reyna and Bellingham. “It’s a nice feeling to be where we are when we play against the supposedly best team in Europe or the world,” said Reus.