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back DFL Supercup | 26.07.2013 21:08:48

Europe's top two go head to head in DFL Supercup

  • Borussia Dortmund square off in a repeat of the 2013 UEFA Champions League final on Saturday
  • Bayern cleaned house last term, and will be hoping to do the same under new coach Pep Guardiola
  • Mats Hummels' Dortmund are just as eager to get their season off to a winning start

Dortmund - Europe's top two sides go head to head at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday when Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern Munich meet in the 2013 DFL Supercup (kick-off 20:30 CET).

Being a repeat of last season's UEFA Champions League final, as well as the first meeting between BVB head coach Jürgen Klopp and new Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, both sides have duly indicated they will be taking the "first highlight of the season" (Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke) anything but lightly. "We'll be giving our all," insisted Klopp, while FCB's Guardiola emphasised the importance of his first competitive match in charge of the European champions, calling it "an honour to compete for this title."

Mkhitaryan out, Aubameyang a doubt


Last year's Supercup final between the same two clubs was not just Bayern's first victory in five matches against their Yellow-Black nemesis, but also kick-started their most successful season in history, the Munich-based club going on to sweep all before them at home and abroad. This time, Dortmund are hoping to follow suit. "The match sets the tone," said BVB centre-back Mats Hummels. "It will show how well we can do in the coming season."

With newly-recruited playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan unavailable, however, and fellow freshly-signed forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski doubtful, Klopp may have to ring the changes, which might afford 21-year-old Jonas Hofmann another run-out following some impressive performances in pre-season.

"Everyone will be desperate"


Former FC Barcelona coach Guardiola, meanwhile, has his eyes firmly focused on his first official piece of silverware with his new club. "I go into every match with the intention of winning," said the 42-year-old, "and playing a final is always very special, and it's of course important to win titles." Germany and Bayern attacker Thomas Müller similarly left little doubt as to his side's hunger being anything but satisfied after last year's treble success. "Knowing our coach and our team, I'm sure everyone will be desperate to get their hands on the Supercup," he warned.

Egging their side to glory on the sidelines will be French wing-wizard Franck Ribery and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who will have to make do with a place in the stands at the sold-out Signal Iduna Park, for a game set to be beamed worldwide in 195 countries. Newly-recruited midfield starlet Mario Götze will not even make the trip as he continues his recovery from injury.

Possible line-ups:

Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Großkreutz, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Bender, Sahin - Hofmann, Gündogan, Reus - Lewandowski

Bayern Munich: Starke - Lahm, Boateng, van Buyten, Alaba - Thiago - Robben, Müller, Kroos, Shaqiri - Mandzukic

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