Da controversial battle of strength on the lawn will be preceded by a silent commemoration. The game for the national Supercup at Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening (8.30 p.m., Sat.1 and Sky, highlights at WELTplus) is the first of FC Bayern after the death of its storm legend Gerd Müller.
The world champion died on Sunday morning at the age of 75, he had suffered from dementia for years. World football has taken part ever since.
On Monday night, the German record champions had illuminated their stadium with the words “Danke Gerd”, and there will be a minute’s silence in Dortmund. “Gerd will be remembered forever,” said Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann on Monday afternoon.
From a sporting point of view, he himself has several construction sites to plow before the prestige duel with DFB Cup winner BVB. Bayern fans are particularly concerned about the defense. In the 1-1 draw in the Bundesliga opener against Borussia Mönchengladbach, the newly formed defense of the Munich team was at times unstable, disoriented and anything but title-ready. “We still have a lot to do. We have a new coach this year and haven’t had much time to rehearse things, ”said national player Leon Goretzka.
“It’s an important game”
Nagelsmann is still without a win after four test games and one mandatory game. With his first success, the 34-year-old could win his first title with Bayern. “We’re all finally trying to win. From my previous positions I was also never used to not winning so often in a row, ”said Nagelsmann, who previously coached TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig as head coach in the professional field. “It’s an important game that already has a meaning. We dare to win there. It will be interesting to see where you stand. “
The game should at least partially show whether Dortmund, who started the season with a 5-2 win against Eintracht Frankfurt, could be dangerous for the Munich series champions this time in terms of championship. Borussia’s star striker Erling Haaland was involved in each of the five goals and scored twice.
“It is very early to declare a fight. But when you play in Dortmund, with the fans and the history, we don’t need to talk about second or third places. Then the goal must always be to win titles, ”said BVB captain Marco Reus.
And his new coach Marco Rose, who among other things has to do without Thorgan Hazard, who has an ankle injuries, emphasized: “Of course it’s also about a title. Accordingly, we want to pick up where we left off against Frankfurt. Because this game can help to become more constant. “
“Still have the best goalkeeper in the world”
The main question for Bayern is: How do we stop Haaland? “He’s an excellent striker and incredibly fast at 36 km / h. We have to be extremely concentrated at the back of the chain, he shouldn’t get a lot of space, ”demanded Nagelsmann. “There will certainly be situations where you don’t control him. We still have the best goalkeeper in the world who also needs a good day. It is a collective task. “
Bavaria’s 22-year-old access Dayot Upamecano acted awkwardly against Mönchengladbach in central defense not only in the controversial penalty scenes with Marcus Thuram. Because the French world champions Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernández are injured, 21-year-old Josip Stanisic from Bayern’s regional league squad made his second Bundesliga appearance.
“He’s also in the raffle this time,” said Nagelsmann. And took the publicly heavily criticized Upamecano under protection.
“I didn’t think the discussion about his performance was justified. I didn’t think he was the worst player on the team. You’ve seen him for so long and think he’s 28 years old. But it is not. He’s still a young player who has to get to know his colleagues, who was also a bit nervous before the first game. “It is absolutely clear that you generally want to improve defensively, said Nagelsmann.
Should his Bayern not convince against Dortmund either, they could still change their squad. The transfer window ends on August 31st. So far, the motto of the club management has been: No new player until someone else leaves.
But for the candidate Corentin Tolisso, who, according to Nagelsmann, could be part of the squad again after good training sessions against Dortmund, Bouna Sarr and Niklas Süle have not yet received any offers that fit all sides. Bayern are very interested in Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig, they should agree with the national player of Austria. The Leipzig team has not yet given the midfielder any approval.
Apparently, negotiations are still going on: RB should demand at least 18 to 20 million euros. The people of Leipzig no longer expect the 27-year-old to stay. “It’s difficult to keep a player if he doesn’t want to stay,” said Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “I can understand that he worries when it is said that a club like Bayern is interested, and that is just one of many clubs.”
In addition, the Bayern watch Amine Adli. The Toulouse FC winger can also play as a batting tip. The 21-year-old has made 15 goals in 34 appearances in the second division of France. Further appearances for Toulouse are unlikely.
Adli does not want to extend the contract
Club president Damien Comolli suspended Adli until the end of the month because the player is said to have refused a conversation with a top club. Adli does not want to extend his contract, which is valid until 2022, either. He may be waiting for an offer from Bayern. Comolli told La Depeche: “We are in a situation where we are forced to sell the player or see him go for free in a year.”
Because of the transfer deadline, FC Bayern is facing grueling weeks. A win and the first title of the season would help Nagelsmann a lot.