Galloping? Title? For pep guardiola, the matter is clear in his mandatory debut for FC bayern munchen.
"Tomorrow it’s all about a title. And a title is always important," said the new coach of the triple winners ahead of saturday’s supercup at perennial rivals borussia dortmund. 63 days after the champions league’s rough final, the two german uber teams are battling for the first official title of the 2013/2014 season. And the interest is huge: the summit will be broadcast in 195 countries, and more than 80,000 soccer fans will be watching the next showdown.
A meeting with a signal effect? A first warning shot for guardiola’s new bayern, who won without exception in the preparation, also against guardiola’s former employer FC barcelona? "We want to knock out everything possible," announced BVB head coach jurgen klopp in his usual full-bodied manner. For sporting director michael zorc, too, the encounter is an important assessment of the situation: "we want the first title of the season and are looking forward to a great match."BVB professional mats hummels didn’t want to know anything about a revenge for wembley: "we want to win against one of the best teams in the world, maybe even against the best in the world."
To scare the bavarians, who were so powerful last season – that is the goal. From this, all of fubball-dortmund gains its motivation despite all the injury worries. Mario goth replacement henrich mchitarjan and lukasz piszczek are missing, jakub blaszczykowski and pierre-emerick aubameyang are injured. Nevertheless, "no B-elf will play," announced zorc calmly.
Clear. It’s also about prestige and reputation. For bayern president uli hoeneb, the moment has even come before the first possible title of this season, guardiola and co. To warn against overconfidence. "When you are at the top, the high air comes. We mustn’t breathe in too much of that one. The hohenluft is our toughest opponent," he told the "bild" newspaper. Nevertheless, hoeneb has no elementary fears that the sluggishness could set in at the sabener strabe: the competition in the bayern squad does not allow anyone to "lean back. Who rests, loses."
For guardiola, the duel will be "my first official game". And the catalan promised: "we will be well prepared and deliver a good game."However, he did not want to overestimate the match for the "little title" supercup: "it’s only the beginning of the season, there’s still a long, long road to make."He will have to do without franck ribery and keeper manuel neuer, who are both injured and will not even make the trip to dortmund.
That’s not the only reason why the triple winners, for whom guardiola has made more than just cosmetic changes in his first month in charge, are still in the process of finding their feet. Important players such as javier martinez and brazilian defensive chief dante have only been in team training for a good week, bastian schweinsteiger is only on his way back after his fuboperation. Newcomer gotze, 37-million-euro purchase from dortmund, has not yet been able to report fit.
But the bavarian dominators of the previous season demonstrated remarkable early form even without him. In nine test matches there were nine wins, the goal difference of 61:3 is significantly good. "So far i’m satisfied, but we need a little more time," guardiola said. His team must play in the future with even "less touches. And: "maybe we need to get a little better at finishing."Captain philipp lahm also stated: "we can do a lot better – offensively and defensively."
Remember: after five defeats in a row, FC bayern had won the supercup against BVB a year ago – by the way, with 2:1, as they did later in the rough konigsklasse final. "This is a balm for the bavarian soul," CEO karl-heinz rummenigge had said at the time. After their dream season in 2012/2013, bayern are once again the hunted by everyone. For BVB, munich remain "the top favorite for the german championship" (zorc). You can’t expect to be ahead of bayern every year, as was last the case in 2011 and 2012, zorc said. But the erzrivalen violently argue – they want that in any case.