Monday, 13th August, 2012
Bayern Munich drew first blood in their fight for supremacy in Germany against Borussia Dortmund yesterday after securing a 2-1 victory against the reigning Bundesliga champions and claiming the German Super Cup.
The Bavarians brought an end to a five-match losing streak against the Black Yellows as well with the victory.
Bayern Munich coach, Jupp Heynckes, expressed his satisfaction at the result and said that even though both teams need to improve before the start of the Bundesliga, the win for the Allianz Arena outfit gives them the psychological edge over the Ruhr giants.
“We played particularly well during the first half. We had some good phases of play after the break. Both teams still have room for improvement, but of course this victory is good for us psychologically”, said Heynckes in the post-match press conference.
Dortmund coach, Jurger Klopp, seemed furious at the start his team made and said that even though his players started poorly, they did have enough chances to equalise in the second half.
“We were asleep early in the first half”, said a visibly frustrated Klopp. “The scoreline is right even if we played much better in the second period. We did cause then problems. We had chances to equalise late in the game and we could have turned the tide of the match but we failed”, he added.
Mario Mandzukic, Bayern Munich’s newest signing from Wolfsburg, was extremely impressive on his debut scoring one and creating another for his team. The Croat insisted that winning titles was the primary reason for his move to Allianz Arena and said that he was happy that his career has started on such a great note.
“It was important to play well and win and that’s what we did. We know that Bayern can win everything, that’s why I came here. I want to win titles with the club”, said Mandzukic.
Arjen Robben, whose deflected shot from the post was netted in by Thomas Mueller, seemed relieved and happy at having won the first trophy of the season and said that the team has sent a proper message to all Bundesliga clubs with their performance.
“It was very important for us. We had to send a message (to our opponents). We are on track. We have won our first title and I hope there will be more this season”, said the Dutch international.
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