Ancelotti: Supercup win gives Bayern confidence

The Italian was satisfied after seeing his side pick up their first silverware of the season while Thomas Tuchel felt his side were unfortunate to lose to their rivals

Carlo Ancelotti believes Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over rivals Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup will give his team plenty of confidence for the new Bundesliga season, but says he is still working on implementing his ideas at the Allianz Arena.

The Italian’s first competitive match as head coach of Bayern ended in victory as Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller struck at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday.

Ancelotti has already bettered his predecessor Pep Guardiola, who failed to win the Supercup in any of his three seasons at Bayern, and the former Real Madrid boss feels his team have a fine platform on which to build for the upcoming campaign.

“We are satisfied,” Ancelotti said after the match. “Of course it was difficult.

“Dortmund played very well in the first half. In the second it went better for us, which gives us confidence for the Bundesliga.

“The team is very, very strong. I’m trying to implement my ideas. We tried to bring in some new things and now have 10 days to prepare.”

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Ancelotti’s counterpart Thomas Tuchel reflected on what he felt was an “unfortunate” defeat as a string of Manuel Neuer saves denied Dortmund.

“Congratulations to Bayern and Carlo Ancelotti,” Tuchel said. “That was an unfortunate defeat. 

“We have invested a lot and had a good energy on the court. Unfortunately we have eventually made many small mistakes. I am very happy about what the team has shown.”

The match was a particularly important occasion for Mats Hummels, who started for Bayern against the club he left at the end of last season, and he conceded his former employees were unfortunate not to have been ahead in the first half.

“In the first half we had the luck on our side and a superior Neuer,” Hummels said. 

“No one would complain if Dortmund had taken the lead.”

Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayern Munich: Vidal & Muller give Ancelotti's men win

The Chilean opened the scoring by firing home a rebound before Muller made the result safe after enduring a barren Euro 2016 campaign for his country

Carlo Ancelotti’s reign as Bayern Munich coach began in triumph as the Bundesliga champions beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the DFL-Supercup at Signal Iduna Park on Sunday.

Dortmund dominated much of the match, but failed to make the most of their chances, with Manuel Neuer making a string of saves to deny them.

Arturo Vidal put Bayern ahead early in the second half, tucking in the rebound after Roman Burki had saved his initial shot.

Mats Hummels had a nervy competitive debut for Bayern as he took on his old club, while Mario Gotze was an unused substitute after leaving Bavaria to return to Dortmund last month.

Dortmund beat Bayern in the 2013 and 2014 Supercups, but could not find an equaliser despite plenty of pressure and Thomas Muller tucked in the decisive second goal11 minutes from time. 

There was one downside for Bayern, however, as Vidal limped off with an injury during the second half.

Dortmund started well and had their first chance after six minutes, Shinji Kagawa shooting wide from Marc Bartra’s lofted pass, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s effort deflected just wide.
Felix Passlack and Franck Ribery were both booked by referee Tobias Welz when the pair clashed on the wing, with Xabi Alonso also receiving a card for his protests as tempers flared.

The lively Ousmane Dembele got in behind Philipp Lahm and forced a good save from Neuer after 32 minutes before lashing a drive off-target as Dortmund dominated.
Adrian Ramos was next to go close, with Neuer again coming to Bayern’s rescue, the Germany goalkeeper thrusting out his left leg to block the striker’s low shot.

Bayern should have taken the lead against the run of play after 38 minutes when Vidal’s header from point-blank range was kept out by Burki.

Neuer continued to defy Dortmund after the break, Passlack’s drive beaten away before Dembele’s fizzing strike was turned around the post.

After Dortmund had squandered so many openings, it was perhaps inevitable that Bayern would take the lead on the break and they netted after 58 minutes.

Robert Lewandowski pulled a low cross back and, after Burki saved Vidal’s first effort, the Chile international slotted in the rebound.

Gonzalo Castro’s shot was comfortably saved by Neuer as Dortmund probed, but were unable to find a way through the Bayern back line and Ancelotti’s men duly killed off the match.

Hummels headed on a right-wing corner and Muller was perfectly placed to provide a close-range finish and seal a first Supercup success in their last four attempts for Bayern. 

Robben nearing Bayern Munich comeback ahead of season opener

The Netherlands international suffered an adductor injury in a friendly, but his four-week spell on the sidelines could be over before his side start their Bundesliga campaign

Arjen Robben is edging closer to his Bayern Munich comeback after resuming individual training on Saturday.

The Netherlands international suffered an adductor injury in the friendly against Lippstadt four weeks ago and has since been out of action.

The injury keeps him out of Sunday’s DFL-Supercup encounter with Borussia Dortmund and he is likely to miss Bayern’s DFB-Pokal trip to Carl Zeiss Jena on Friday, too.

Arjen #Robben hat den nächsten Schritt in seinem Rehaprogramm gemacht: #WeiterImmerWeiter

— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 13, 2016

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However, Robben could be match-fit in time for the Bundesliga opener at home against Werder Bremen on August 26.

The 32-year-old has started pre-season a week early as he looked to impress new coach Carlo Ancelotti after missing the decisive stages of the 2015-16 campaign with fitness issues.

Robben scored seven goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for Bayern last term.