This Sunday FRT is taking our annual trip to the German Supercup match- the German equivalent of England’s Charity Shield.
And this year it’s a biggie. As Bayern Munich take on arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Despite having won the Bundesliga for the past four years and the DFB-Pokal three times in that period, Bayern haven’t managed to win the Supercup once in the last four years.
Wolfsburg won the Supercup last year, beating Bayern 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
And in the two previous Supercup ties it was Dortmund themselves who beat Bayern, 2-0 in 2014 and 4-2 in 2013.
So, Bayern haven’t won the one-off cup match in four years despite having won the league at a canter for the last four years. Why is that?
It’s not because they can’t perform in knockout games as they’ve won the domestic cup three times in the last four years and they’ve regularly progressed into the latter stages of the Champions League.
Bayern have been criticised for not taking the match seriously in the last few seasons seeing as the Supercup is essentially a glorified friendly and because it is so close to the start of the season.
Whereas Dortmund have won the Supercup a record five times and seem to take the competition more seriously than their rivals- maybe because it’s an easy chance for silverware where Bayern normally clean up domestically.
Ahead of this tie Bayern’s Thomas Mueller has come out and said his side do take the Supercup seriously even if it’s not as ‘significant’ as the Bundesliga or the DFB-Pokal.
Bayern are expected to be at close to full strength for the game with Xabi Alonso, Franck Ribery and Douglas Costa all working to be fit for the game. Though Arjen Robben and Jerome Baoteng will miss out through injury.
Seeing as its Bayern vs Dortmund, and Bayern haven’t won the Supercup in four years- it’s already a bit of a grudge match so there’ll be a few tackles flying in.
Some of those will be going in on Mats Hummels who will be making his debut for Bayern following a summer move from Dortmund. Another man who may be on the side of some heavy tackles will be Mario Goetze who made the switch from Bayern back to Dortmund (where he began his career) this summer.
Dortmund are also set to field a strong side with new signings Andre Schuerrle and Ousmane Dembele joining Goetze in the likely line up.
Given that and that both sides have had strong pre-seasons it’s going to be one hell of a match. But we at FRT are predicting that Bayern will end their drought in the Supercup with a 3-1 win.
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