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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