Bayern Munich are about to start a new chapter under Carlo Ancelotti, and most of their key players have just made their way back from vacation. Mostly reserve players have taken the field for Bayern this preseason, but now the club's new coach gets to integrate his regulars. Ancelotti's Bayern vision will finally be on display for fans to see when Bayern take on Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup.
Bayern's luck in the Supercup has not been great, having lost all three Supercups in the Guardiola era. Fortunately, their Supercup failures have not manifested into other domestic season sorrows – Bayern won the Bundesliga after each of their Supercup losses, as well as two German Cups. The Supercup does give Bayern a chance to face their nemesis before the real action begins, a delectable appetizer to a several course meal.
"The whole nation is looking forward to the duel between Bayern and Dortmund," Thomas Muller said on Bayern's website. "It's nice to start with a match like this, compared to an ordinary friendly. We're fired up and absolutely want to win it."
Mats Hummels will also return to Dortmund for the first time since making his highly discussed switch from Dortmund to Bayern in the summer. He received boos at the end of his Dortmund career and the reception he receives from his former fans may not be as warm. Conversely, Mario Götze gets his first crack at defeating his former team, possibly teaming up with new teammate Ousmane Dembele for the first time.
These two teams are bound to meet several times again this season, but with both teams still trying to feel out their new squads, their first encounter may be awkward. Nonetheless, it is Bayern and Dortmund, so there is bound to be something to talk about afterwards.
Prediction: Bayern win 2-1 – Bayern is more settled than Dortmund at the moment, both in defense and midfield. Bayern have had a few defensive hiccups in preseason, but the players who made those hiccups – Holger Badstuber and Nicolas Feldhahn – are not going to be on the field. Some of Dortmund's players have really put on a show this summer, Dembele in particular, but they still have a lot of parts of their team they have to integrate.
Bayern Munich injuries and suspensions: Holger Badstuber, Jérôme Boateng (thigh), Douglas Costa (thigh), Arjen Robben (groin), Renato Sanches (thigh)
Borussia Dortmund injuries and suspensions: Jannik Bandowski (foot)
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