Borussia Dortmund vs FC Bayern München

Having started their 2021-22 Bundesliga seasons in contrasting fashions, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are gearing up for a Klassiker battle in Tuesday night’s DFL-Super Cup battle.

Julian Nagelsmann’s men started their title defense with a 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach, while Dortmund was left unconvinced by 5-2 winners against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The intense speculation surrounding Erling Braut Haaland’s future clearly has not affected the Norwegian’s prolific scoring prowess, as the Dortmund talisman played a part in his side’s five goals in the opening day win against Frankfurt on Saturday.

After scoring all three of his team’s goals in the DFB-Pokal against Wehen Wiesbaden, Haaland scored two goals and set up three more against Frankfurt, with Giovanni Reyna, Thorgan Hazard, and Marco Reus also opening their accounts for the campaign, as the Marco Rose’s team. broke into the top three after one game.

Of course, it was the inspired performances of Haaland, Reus, and the now-deceased Jadon Sancho that saw Dortmund reserve their spot in this year’s German Super Cup, with the trio recording two-goal contributions each in a 4-1 win. RB Leipzig in last year’s DFB-Pokal final, and BVB lifted the Super Cup in 2019.

With Bayern now confirmed as one of many clubs poised to enter an intense bidding war for Haaland’s signing, the red-hot Scandinavian would love nothing more than to propel his team to more covered over his fans, who are on his toes. mourning the loss of one. of his biggest scorers.

Gerd Muller lived to witness Robert Lewandowski break his long-standing Bundesliga goal record after the prolific Pole scored 41 league goals last season, but the 566-goal icon was confirmed to have died Sunday. late, at the age of 75.

Muller, winner of the World Cup, the European Championship, the European Cup three times, and the Bundesliga four times, scored the back of the net 15 times in 20 games for Bayern against Dortmund, including four goals in a win. 11-1 at BVB in 1971. – and Tuesday’s game is sure to have an added sense of excitement following the passing of the Ballon d’Or winner.

In a turn of events that surprised few, Muller’s successor, Lewandowski, entered the roster on the opening day of the Bundesliga season, but his goal at halftime could only salvage a point for the winners of the Bundesliga after Alassane Plea from Mönchengladbach won. 10 minutes to open the scoreboard.

Julian Nagelsmann had to deal with numerous absences during a challenging preseason campaign, in which Bayern won a total of zero games, so while his team has won four of the last five editions of the Super Cup, their tag of favorites it doesn’t shine that much.

However, Bayern have triumphed in their last five meetings with Dortmund in all competitions – including a 3-2 win in last year’s Super Cup – although the Blacks and Yellows have managed to win three of the seven meetings between the clubs. in this curtain. -raiser.

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