German Super Cup: Dortmund Make Early Statement
The German Super Cup brought us an absolutely thrilling encounter between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. This was truly one of the games that will be difficult to forget anytime soon.
Munich were without Manuel Neuer in goal and their most efficient left winger, Franck Ribery. However, it did not stop them from dispossessing their opponents of the ball and dominating possession. However, they allowed their opponents to create as many chances in the final third.
Arjen Robben found himself in perfect position to score on two occasions and did not disappoint. The fans were booing him throughout the 90 minutes, but he still managed to hold his composure and score for his club.
The best player of the game was none other than Dortmund’s influential No. 8, Ilkay Gundogan. His movement off the ball, ability to hold possession, smart runs, skills and vision allowed him to create so much havoc in Munich’s half of the field. He even scored an absolutely intelligent goal to cap off his brilliant performance.
Marco Reus scored a brace to cap off a decent error-free performance. He was an influential part of this youthful side that was fielded by coach Jurgen Klopp.
Pep Guardiola suffered his first loss as Bayern coach…but we cannot forget that this game was actually played in Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park. His team played his game to near perfection except for two important aspects: defending with full concentration without making unforgivable errors and failing to capitalize in front of goal.
The Spanish coach wants his team to possess the ball as much as possible and to score a heck of a lot of goals. To be honest, this team was more capable of doing so under Jupp Heynckes‘ 4-2-3-1. Now, this team has to become accustomed to the new boss’ Tiki-Taka 4-3-3 possessive style. He has the players to do it, but with this style, it is harder to stay focused on the defensive end. Luckily for him, not too many teams have the same amount of talent in the Bundesliga that Dortmund possesses.
Honestly, after watching this game, it is still a two way race in Germany. Dortmund took this round on home soil because they were better in front of net and a bit better defensively. These two sides still have at least two more guaranteed meetings in league play and by then, Munich should be a bit more settled into the new system that is being instilled by the man in charge.
Stay tuned folks, German soccer just improved drastically once again.