German Super Cup: Nagelsmann’s Bayern Munich want to start their season
Who will stop Erling Haaland? New Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann has the opportunity to win the first title of his career at the German Supercup tonight against Dortmund (8:30 p.m. – beIN SPORTS 1), on condition that the goal machine is neutralized Norwegian BVB.
In case of defeat, the young coach (34) torn from RB Leipzig for 25 million euros could find himself under pressure, in a club where the patience of the leaders is limited. “At FC Bayern, success must come very quickly,” warned Oliver Kahn, the charismatic former goalkeeper appointed ‘Rekordmeister’ president, in mourning after the death of legendary striker Gerd Müller at the age of 75 on Sunday. years.
Especially since the Bavarians, after a complicated preparation with three defeats and a draw, missed their debut in the Bundesliga, hung Friday on the ground of Mönchengladbach 1-1 and saved by a volley of the inevitable Polish striker Robert Lewandowski . “It would be nice to win a title and win our first game this season, against an opponent who has started the championship well,” Nagelsmann commented Monday at a press conference.
The two teams have become accustomed to sharing the Super Cup: this final will be the eighth between BVB and FCB over the last ten years, with a slight advantage for the Bavarian club (four wins to three). But a giant of 1m94 stands on the road to this first title coveted by Bayern, which will try, at least, to win a tenth Bundesliga this season in a row.
Haaland, an “indispensable” player
“Bayern is one of the best teams in the world. We will have to improve (…). We will see where we are” after this first shock, soberly commented the colossus Haaland. The 21-year-old Norwegian has started the season strong, with five goals in the last two outings of the “Schwarzgelben”, bringing his total to 62 goals in 61 appearances for BVB, or more than one goal per game on average!
If Haaland is first and foremost a player of instinct who makes the difference thanks to his speed, he shows match after match his ability to keep the ball and combine with his teammates. “Erling has evolved remarkably (…) We are happy that he is here and the other (teams) must be wondering how to stop him,” said coach Marco Rose after the inaugural Bundesliga success on Saturday against Frankfurt (5-2).
Phenomenal against the “Eagles” with two goals and three assists, Haaland will face a tougher defense, having started his season in early August with a hat-trick in the German Cup against a D3 club. “He brings that gene for victory that Dortmund lacked in recent years. This is why Dortmund will be a serious contender for Bayern and Leipzig to win the Bundesliga,” said Lothar Matthäus, ex-star of the Munich club and Ballon d ‘ Gold 1990.
25,000 spectators only
“He has incredible energy and strength. It makes him indispensable,” praised his captain Marco Reus after the game on Saturday. The BVB will count on its fiery duo to talk about its offensive strike force, amputated this summer from the promising English winger Jadon Sancho, who left for Manchester United for 85 million euros.
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Due to the sanitary measures imposed by the German government, only some 25,000 spectators will be able to attend this first “Klassiker” of the season at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, which can usually hold more than 81,000.
And it will not only be the spectators who will have an eye on Haaland, coveted by major European teams, such as Real Madrid or Chelsea. Or even Bayern? “We have to watch him, otherwise we would be real amateurs”, admitted Hasan Salihamidzic, sports director of the Bavarians in early August.