The German Super Cup this year has lost a little bit of sting owing to the mounting injury lists at both the Allianz Arena and the Westfalenstadion, but it nevertheless represents a chance for both teams, especially Dortmund, to lay down a marker ahead of the new season.
BVB have Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, Roman Burki and Mateu Morey unavailable while Lucas Hernandez and Serge Gnabry are both on the sidelines for Bayern.
Here are the predicted lineups for the game, courtesy well known German magazine Kicker.
Bayern are the reigning Super Cup holders, having beaten Eintracht Frankfurt 5:0 in last year’s game, with Robert Lewandowski scoring a hat trick
According to headlines in the Spanish press, Manchester United are keen to hold on to Paul Pogba and are determined not to let their French star go to Real Madrid. Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is a long term admirer of his compatriot, and despite splashing out millions in the summer market, is keen to bring the medio to the Bernabeu.
However Marca say United are not willing to budge from their 200 million euro tag for Pogba, which may force Zidane to look at alternative options like Christian Eriksen or Donny van de Beek.
The 2018/19 Champions League season was a particularly disappointing one for German clubs. For the first time in 13 years, no German club was present in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. It was left to Eintracht Frankfurt to fly the country’s flag in the second tier Europa League, but they also bowed out in the last four in heartbreaking fashion- on penalties, to Chelsea.
It was more difficult to stomach because it came on the back of the national team, the reigning champions, failing to make it out of their World Cup group in the summer. That was followed by a sub par Nations League campaign which saw coach Joachim Low end the careers of several well known players- the likes of Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels.
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Barcelona take on Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The two footballing giants will clash on April 10th at Old Trafford with the return fixture two weeks later at Camp Nou. It’s perhaps the tie of the round- the Nou Camp is a fond venue for many United fans, just as Istanbul is for Liverpool and Munich is for Chelsea fans. It was here that United won their 1999 Champions League crown, with current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, then a player for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, coming off the bench to score the winner deep into extra time.
Bayern had taken the lead through Mario Basler’s 6th minute effort and held that advantage for almost all of the game until Teddy Sheringham and Solksjaer, second half substitutes for Jesper Blomqvist and Andy Cole respectively, turned the fixture on its head with twin extra time strikes. Continue reading Barcelona sweating over Lionel Messi fitness for Manchester United clash
“Schalke-Schande” (Schalke Shamed), read German newspaper Bild’s headline after the game, and it was pretty much on point as the Royal Blues were thrashed 7:0 by Pep Guardiola’s men in the second leg of their Champions League tie at the Etihad. Given their domestic woes in the lead up to this game, few would’ve expected Schalke to progress, but even fewer would’ve expected them to capitulate the way they did at the Etihad- the biggest ever defeat for a German side in the Champions League era.
For thirty minutes S04 kept City at bay, but once referee Turpin pointed to the spot after Bruma had fouled Bernardo Silva, the floodgates opened. Aguero scored the first (with a cheeky panenka we must add!), and the goals kept coming. The Argentine scored two, with five different players on the scoresheet for the other goals. City had thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6:0 in the group stages, and went one step better here, as they scored 7 against Domenisco Tedesco’s helpless side.
The player ratings for the Schalke team also indicated how badly they were outclassed at the Etihad. (6 is the worst, 1 is the best). The 51.518 City supporters present were treated to an attacking masterclass from their side, who could do the quadruple this season.
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