On August 17, the German Super Cup will be held between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern, the dominant team in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund has been in the championship race in recent seasons with a stable overall performance. However, the team has not lifted the trophy for many seasons due to the oppression of Bayern.
Borussia Dortmund’s new season lineup is quite changed. After striker Sancho moved to Manchester United, the team’s ability to break through the side has been significantly reduced, and now it relies more on Harland alone to play up front.
In addition, Dortmund currently has more young players in the team, and I am afraid that the Hornets’ performance is lacking in stability.
Dortmund’s first league match of the new season was played at home against Eintracht Frankfurt, where they dominated on the field with 60% possession, 13 shots and 7 shots on goal.
With goals from Harland (2), Royce, Hazard Jr. and Reina, they finally won by 5-2. But from this game, we can also see that the team’s back line, despite having two international players, Schmelzer and Hummels, there are still some problems in cooperation.
Due to the departure of former manager Flick, the club has brought in 34-year-old Leipzig’s young manager Nagelsmann to the club. Bayern’s squad has not changed much this season, with Alaba leaving for Real Madrid and the signing of Upamekano. The team is still building the front line around Lewin.
Bayern’s first away match of the new season against Borussia Monchengladbach, the team dominated the field, with 65% possession, 21 shots and 9 shots on goal, nearly twice as many as the opponent. In the opening 10 minutes of the match, the goal was broken by the opponent, but later, with a goal from Lewin, the disadvantage was recovered. After that, there was no more success for both sides, and Bayern finished their season opener with 1-1.
However, it is worth noting that Bayern not only failed to win their first league match recently, but also failed to win in their previous 4 warm-up matches, and were winless in 5 consecutive matches, which still had a certain impact on the team’s morale.
This Super Cup is being played at Dortmund’s home ground. Think about the explosive play of United’s players this season after having fans at home. Home advantage is still quite important!
Bayern’s back line is in disarray in the new season and can only rely on the individual abilities of their superstars up front to solve problems. With a double match a week and consecutive away games, can Levan’s form match that of a youngster like Harland?
Bayern needs time to recover, but the German Premier League Cup that followed gave them no time. Combined with the fact that Bayern’s influential executives are leaving one after another, I’m looking favourably at Dortmund this season.
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