German Super Cup Final Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More

?The traditional curtain-raiser to the German football season comes up on Saturday evening with the DFB-Pokal winners Borussia Dortmund taking on the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. 

The sides are facing off in this fixture for the second season running after Bayern won 2-0 in 2016, thanks to goals from Arturo Vidal and Thomas Müller. 

Here’s everything you need to know about the clash at Signal Iduna Park. 

Classic Encounter

Borussia Dortmund v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Final

The only all-German Champions League Final was contested by these two sides at Wembley in May 2013. It turned out to be the perfect farewell for Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes who completed a treble. Mario Mandžuki? opened the scoring before Dortmund hit back thanks to a penalty from ?lkay Gündo?an. Arjen Robben would prove to the hero for Bayern as he scored the winner in the 89th minute as the Bavarians avenged the previous years’ defeat to Chelsea.

Beyern have had the upper hand of this fixture winning 50 out of 108 meetings including a 4-1 triumph in the Bundesliga last season. 

Key Battle

Matt Hummels vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga

Bayern Munich have had defensive troubles during pre-season. They were exposed by Liverpool’s front four on Tuesday in the Audi Cup, where they lost 3-0. That was followed 24 hours by a 2-0 defeat to Napoli, meaning it was a miserable home tournament for the Bavarians. 

Dortmund have been scoring for fun in their pre-season campaign, with Aubameyang scoring twice in the victory over AC Milan. The Gabon international also scored in the win over Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds and the draw against VfL Bochum. 

Bayern’s high line in defence was exposed against Liverpool, who picked them off at will and could have scored more three goals. Dortmund are another side who have exciting wingers and Bayern are going to need to be tighter at the back to have any chance of winning the trophy. 

Team News

Bayern Muenchen v Inter Milan - International Champions Cup

Bayern will certainly be without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who is still recovering from a broken foot. Thiago and Jerome Boating suffered injuries while on tour in Asia and look to be struggling the same can be said of Arjen Robben. New signing James Rodriguez is unlikely to feature but another new face at the Allianz Arena Corentin Tolisso should be involved for Bayern.

Borussia Dortmund are without Marco Reus and Juilan Weigl who are still recovering from injuries sustained at the end of last season. Two of Germany’ stars from the European U21 Championships in the summer are likely to play, Mahmoud Dahoud and Maximilian Philipp.

Potential Bayern line-up: Ulreich, Rafinha, Javi Martinez, Hummels, Alaba, Tolisso, Vidal, Coman, Muller, Ribery, Lewandowski.

Potential Dortmund line-up: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Bartra, Sokratis, Zagadou, Sahin, Castro, Götze, Dahoud, Aubameyang, Dembélé.


AC Milan v Borussia Dortmund - 2017 International Champions Cup China

Bayern have had struggles in pre-season, especially defensively and it would be no surprises if Dortmund were to cause them problems at the back. BVB though are not perfect at the back and this could mean we are in for some goals at Signal Iduna Park. 

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Bayern Munich 


Bayern Trio Set for Spell on the Sidelines Over Injuries Sustained in Liverpool Audi Cup Loss

James Rodriguez will miss the start of the new Bundesliga campaign after the on-loan playmaker picked up a thigh injury against Liverpool.

The Bayern Munich player, who moved to the Germany on a two-season long loan spell from Real Madrid, sustained the problem in his side’s 3-0 Audi Cup loss to the Reds on Tuesday.

A statement on Bayern’s ?official site confirmed the prognosis over James’ injury, but the German giants failed to put a definitive timeframe on his return to the first-team picture.

The statement read: “FC Bayern will have to make do without new signing James Rodríguez in the coming weeks. 

“A thorough examination by FC Bayern’s medical unit revealed that the Columbian sustained a muscle injury to his right thigh in the 3-0 Audi Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool.”

James completed a shock temporary switch to the Allianz Arena on 12th July after plenty of speculation about his Bernabeu future.

Bayern Muenchen v Liverpool FC - Audi Cup 2017

The 26-year-old Colombia international had been linked with either a move to the Premier League or a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, but he surprised fans and the media alike by hooking up with former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti at the reigning German top flight champions.

Meanwhile, Bayern also confirmed that two of their other senior stars had sustained injuries in the semi-final defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men on home soil.

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Thiago Alcantara and David Alaba were also withdrawn from the fray at varying points of the match, and Die Bayern’s statement continued by revealing the extent of the issues picked up by the midfielder and full-back.

It added: “Thiago Alcántara will miss the Supercup final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday with an abdominal muscle injury. 


“David Alaba, who had to be subbed off against Liverpool as well, received treatment on Wednesday and will train individually on Thursday.”

Bayern will take on rivals Borussia Dortmund at the weekend before they kick their 2017/18 campaign properly with a DfB Pokal Cup first round tie against lowly Chemnitzer FC.


5 Things We Learned From Liverpool’s Impressive Pre-Season Win Over Bayern Munich

Liverpool continued their fine pre-season form with an emphatic 3-0 over Bayern Munich last night, thanks to goals from Saido Mane, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge.

Here’s five things we learned from last night’s game in the Audi Cup.

5. Impressive High-Press


Jurgen Klopp has put his players through a fairly gruelling pre-season schedule. The German demands high levels of energy and fitness from his teams and it was apparent in last night’s victory over Bayern.

Liverpool’s fitness and press from the off seemed to catch the German Champions off-guard and paid dividends when Robert Firmino stole the ball off Bayern new boy Corentin Tolisso and set free Mane to score after just seven minutes.

The Reds kept up the intensity throughout the game, and even when the substitutes were introduced it was clear to see what Klopp had asked of them. 

With Liverpool looking impressive on and of the ball it would be no surprise to see them be a force not just in the Premier League but in Europe as well this season.

4. The Woes of Renato Sanches

Bayern Muenchen v Liverpool FC - Audi Cup 2017

Following a stunning breakthrough season in which Sanches won the 2016 European Championship, Young Player of the Tournament and the Golden Boy award, the Portuguese midfielder joined Bayern for around £35m.

However, the hype around the 19-year-old soon faded and his was limited to just 25 appearances last campaign, struggling to settle in Germany. His issues have continued this pre-season with Bayern fans turning on him after his latest performance, destroying him on his own Instagram account.

With Chelsea, AC Milan and even Liverpool linked with the youngster in recent weeks will this be the final straw for him, or will Carlo Ancelotti give him a chance to show his potential and silence his critics this coming season?

3. Liverpool’s Own MS…F?

Bayern Muenchen v Liverpool FC - Audi Cup 2017

With much talk of the Bayern front three of Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, the Munich trio were outshone by the Reds front three of Mane, Firmino and Salah.

New boy Salah has seemingly taken no time to adapt to surroundings at his new club, with four goals so far in pre-season. The front three have formed a deadly partnership to help Liverpool currently go unbeaten this summer, and the experienced back four of Munich struggled to contend with them.

With Philippe Coutinho adding another element from a newly found deeper role, and the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke on the bench. Liverpool have a superb strength and depth to their forward line that could trouble Premier League defences in August.

2. Worries for Bayern

Audi Cup 2017 Press Conference

Bayern have been a force both domestically and internationally over the past five seasons, winning five Bundesliga titles in a row, adding to the equation three German Cup’s and of course their one Champions League in 2013 at Wembley.

However, cracks have started to show this pre-season with multiple below par performances, losing last night, as well as being battered 4-0 by Milan and even losing to Arsenal on penalties.

Ancelotti may have questions to answer this season, with his normally well-drilled outfit looking off the pace in last nights defeat. Without the injured Manuel Neuer and recently retired Phillip Lahm, Bayern looked as if they lacked a leader on the pitch.

1. Roles Reversal

Audi Cup 2017 Press Conference

If pre-season was a barometer of what to expect for the upcoming season, Klopp should be delighted and Ancelotti should be disheartened.

Following last night’s outcome it looked as if Liverpool were the side who had won 5 consecutive League titles and Bayern were the side who had struggled to consistently qualify for the Champions League over the last five years.

The Premier League side are undoubtedly ahead of Bayern though in their preparation for the 2017/2018 season with 10 days until they open their campaign against Watford. Ancelotti should have reason to be worried though with a lacklustre pre-season showing under their belt they face Napoli today before facing Dortmund in the German Super Cup on Saturday.


Hertha Berlin Send Perfectly Judged Tweet to Bayern Following Their 3-0 Defeat to Liverpool

Despite it only being pre-season Liverpool raised a few eyebrows last night following their outstanding 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Area on Tuesday night.

Hertha Berlin were also beaten 3-0 by the Reds and couldn’t help themselves when it came to delivering a cheeky dig at Bayern when the full time whistle was blown:

Jurgen Klopp’s team have had a fruitful pre-season and their performance last night was no different as they were fully deserving of their victory over a near-full strength Bayern side. 

First half goals from Saido Mane and new-boy Mohamed Salah put Liverpool 2-0 up at the interval and a sublime finish from Daniel Sturridge wrapped the game up in the final minutes.

Bayern Muenchen v Liverpool FC - Audi Cup 2017

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo after the game, Klopp was keen not to let him or his side get carried away, saying: “Nearly everything was super but we’re still in our preparations, we haven’t played enough football so far. Bayern had too much possession tonight. We had to run around too much.”

The German was pleased with his side’s general performance continuing: “At times my team showed how good they can play football. The third goal was great. In attack we were really good. 

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“In the first half we were very dangerous on the counter, the pressing was very good. I am satisfied but I think we can play better. I see we are right at the start of getting there. 

”We have trained a lot around these games. It’s not that we are fresh and top fit for the preparation games. I am satisfied but I think we can play better.


James Rodriguez Joins Thiago & Alaba on Injury List Ahead of DFL-Supercup Clash With Dortmund

Colombian new boy James Rodríguez is a doubt for Bayern Munich ahead of Saturday’s Supercup clash with Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga champions will take to the field this weekend, however, three key players could be absent from Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

The Bavarians could be without star midfielder Thiago Alcântara and first team left-back David Alaba, although Ancelotti is less concerned over their fitness, according to Goal. The fitness of ex-Real Madrid star James, however, is a cause for concern for the Italian manager, with an investigation the Colombians muscle injury to be evaluated later this week.

Thiago and Alaba both took hits,” Ancelotti said. “It’s no big problem.”

Ancelotti also added comments over Bayern’s new Colombian midfielder: “We’ll investigate it [on Wednesday].”

Bayern will line up against Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli side on Wednesday in a third place play off for the Audi Cup, following their 3-0 defeat to Liverpool. Goals from Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge ended Bayern’s chances of winning the Audi cup just day’s before their clash with last seasons DFB Cup winners, Borussia Dortmund.

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Now under the management of former Ajax chief Peter Bosz, Dortmund look set to continue their admirable work with young players in the future. 

Having guided a youthful Ajax side to the Europa League final and finishing just one point behind Eredivisie champions Feyenoord, Bosz will look to reclaim second spot in the Bundesliga after Dortmund dropped to third behind top flight newcomers RB Leipzig.