Dortmund win a psychological boost for Bayern, says Heynckes


Jupp Heynckes feels that Bayern Munich‘s 2-1 DFL-Supercup win over Borussia Dortmund will prove to be a psychological boost for the Bavarians.

The Bavarians had lost their previous five games against the Bundesliga champions, but goals from Mario Mandzukic and Thomas Muller were enough to secure victory on Sunday as Robert Lewandowski’s strike was nothing more than a consolation goal.

“Obviously, winning this game is a psychological boost. Overall we deserved to win, although it was hard-fought,” Heynckes stated at a press conference.

“Especially in the first half we played very well with good organisation and huge discipline. We had some great moments when we attacked. We were inspired by the early goals.

“Dortmund worked up a head of steam in the second half, and we were not as well-organised and disciplined in defence. 

“It was the Supercup, but it was still a pre-season game. Both teams can still improve.”

Bayern start the 2012-13 Bundesliga game with an away match against Greuther Furth on August 25.

Robben targets more trophies after Supercup win


Arjen Robben is hoping that Bayern Munich can add to their success in the DFL-Supercup this season after two frustrating campaigns.

The Bavarians had endured two barren years after their domestic double success in 2010, and had lost to arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund in five consecutive meetings.

However, they claimed the first silverware of 2012-13 with a 2-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s side, and the Dutchman is determined to claim further trophies.

“Hopefully, this will help us get more trophies this season,” the former Chelsea winger told ZDF after the match.

“It was important for us to set an example today. We are on the right track as a team.”

Meanwhile, Philipp Lahm was delighted with the performance his side put in against an opponent as strong as the German champions.

“I was happy. The first half was especially good because, as we have all seen, Dortmund can really play football.”

Bayern get their Bundesliga campaign under way on August 25 against newly-promoted Bavarian rivals Greuther Furth.

Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: Muller earns Supercup spoils


Bayern Munich ended their run of five straight defeats against Borussia Dortmund by collecting the German Supercup in a 2-1 victory at the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarian giants capitalised on a woeful first-half performance from the Bundesliga champions, with new arrival Mario Mandzukic opening the scoring before Thomas Muller doubled the advantage five minutes later.

Dortmund rallied in the second half, eventually pulling one back through Robert Lewandowski, but they were unable to find another, allowing Bayern to claim the spoils.

It was Jupp Heynckes’ men that emerged with attacking impetus, and quickly took control of the contest. Franck Ribery’s marauding run led to him producing a low ball across goal, and Dortmund’s defence could only look on as Mandzukic slotted home to net on his competitive debut for his new club.

On 11 minutes, it was two. Arjen Robben’s run deep into Dortmund territory led to him producing a delicate chip that rebounded from the upright, only for Muller to be on hand to lash the ball into the net, and leave Jurgen Klopp’s side reeling.

Bayern cruised through the remainder of the half, experiencing minimal resistance from their old adversaries; indeed, this Dortmund performance looked a far cry from their dominant German Cup final win of just three months previous.

As the second half commenced, however, they began to advance into Bayern territory.  Manuel Neuer had to react quickly to beat away a Lewandowski effort from close range, and then Marco Reus got his angles ever so slightly askew, curling his shot marginally wide of the target.

Mats Hummels then glanced a Reus free kick a whisker wide of the post when he should perhaps have found the target, and suddenly Bayern’s two-goal advantage seemed far from secure.

Mario Gotze and Ivan Perisic were summoned from the bench by Klopp, replacing Grosskreutz and Leitner, and the changes should have provided instant reward, but for the profligacy of Lewandowski.

Gotze combined to excellent effect with Reus, laying the ball perfectly into the path of the Pole, who allowed Philipp Lahm to interject and his eventual strike went wide of the target.

But Lewandowski made no mistake 15 minutes from time, setting up a grandstand finish in the process. The frontman swivelled inside the area and placed his shot expertly inside the post, leaving Neuer helpless and Bayern nervous.

New Dortmund arrival Julian Schieber almost made himself an instant hero moments later, but after collecting Gotze’s through ball, he contrived to guide his effort narrowly wide of goal.

Bayern were hanging on, and Heynckes took action, replacing Ribery with Anatoliy Tymoshchuk in an effort to stem the flow of pressure.

There was still time for controversy, as Lahm appeared to handle the ball inside the area, leaving Klopp apoplectic on the touchline, but the referee waved play on and Bayern were able to maintain their composure and clinch the first silverware of the German season.

'Super Cup result no big deal' – Hummels plays down clash with Bayern Munich


Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has played down the significance of a German Super Cup victory over Bayern Munich this Sunday, claiming the clash is too early in the season for anything to be derived from the result.

Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to the Allianz Arena to take part in the annual curtain raiser to the German season, and while Hummels believes that Dortmund’s traditional rivals have strengthened significantly, it will in his opinion be unrealistic to predict how either team will finish its campaign in the league based on the match.

“Even if we secure our sixth consecutive win against Bayern Munich, I would not consider it to be a big deal,” the Germany international told Bild. “This game does not have the meaning of a true Bundesliga match. Neither we, nor they, are at 100 per cent.

“It will be impossible to judge how dangerous Bayern will be this season at this point in time, as we know all too well ourselves. Borussia once trounced Roma 4-0 in pre-season, but ended up 13th in the league.

“While we’ve lost an exceptional player in Shinji Kagawa, we’ve brought in another excellent player, Marco Reus, while Mario Gotze is fit again. I won’t speak of titles for ourselves just yet, but at least we definitely are not weaker than last season.”

The German champions will begin the defence of their crown when they host Werder Bremen on August 24.

Hitzfeld 'fascinated' by Sammer-Zorc rivalry ahead of DFL-Supercup clash


Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has admitted his fascination in the rivalry between Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc and his Bayern Munich counterpart Matthias Sammer.

Hitzfeld coached both sides and former players in a stellar managerial career, taking over the reins at Westfalenstadion between 1991 and 1997 and subsequently at Bayern from 1998 to 2004 and again from 2007-08.

The duo were team-mates in the early 90s, with Sammer coaching Die Borussen to the Bundesliga title in 2002 before igniting the current rivalry between German football’s two biggest clubs ahead of the DFL-Supercup match this weekend. Der General‘ offered his views on both men in an interview.

“I brought Mathias Sammer to Borussia Dortmund from Inter, he wasn’t particularly happy in Italy,” the 63-year-old told Bundesliga.de

“So then, we were working together, and he was always was one of the leaders of the team, he wasn’t the captain, Michael Zorc was. But he was always critical, and calling things into question. With him, it was always relevant criticism, aimed at helping the team being successful.

“Zorc had been the captain for years before I joined Dortmund, he was a leader as well. He invariably put the team before himself. He had come up the ranks there himself. He was very popular of course. He always represented the team’s interests and was always an easy captain to work with.

“Obviously, I am fascinated by this duel between Zorc and Sammer. But I think they are two personalities who each play a supporting role to the coach, and it is the coach who is always in the public eye, not the sporting director. And that’s how it should be in the future.

“Now they’re going head-to-head. That’s just the passage of time, when you have two former players taking over in top positions, and that’s something that German football profits from.

“I think both are heading into the German Supercup with very high expectations, it’s a chance for them to see where they stand, as well as being a prestigious duel.

“Dortmund were very clearly the dominant side last season, while Bayern ended up with nothing. That will be a real thorn in their side of course. Now is the start of a new season, this can give them a pointer as to what they can achieve for the rest of the season. As far as that goes, there is a lot more at stake for Bayern than Dortmund.”

Sunday’s DFL-Supercup clash at the Allianz Arena kicks off at 20:00 CET.