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Don't read too much into it, chairman cautions

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:00 pm

There are still two weeks left until the new Bundesliga season, but the confetti which invariably accompanies a trophy triumph was already raining down at the Allianz Arena on Sunday evening after Bayern sealed the first meaningful prize of term with a 2-1 DFL Supercup victory over champions Borussia Dortmund. FCB have now claimed the cup four times after previous triumphs in 1987, 1990 and 2010.

"Obviously we're happy about winning this trophy," chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said afterwards. The men from Munich had lost their last five meetings with BVB, "so winning again at last is good for the Bavarian soul," Rummenigge continued, although he also sounded a note of caution when asked what it might mean for the new campaign: "Both teams are in good early-season form, but we shouldn't read too much into it."

The meeting between the two best teams in Germany in front of a 69,000 capacity crowd at the Arena "was a pre-season game, a pulse check," agreed FCB boss Jupp Heynckes, "both teams still have plenty of room to improve." However, on the eve of the 50th Bundesliga season, the coach felt that "winning today has to be a psychological boost."

Bayern were very much the better team in the first 45 minutes. "Especially in the first half, we played very well with good organisation and huge discipline," enthused Heynckes. Summer signing Mario Mandzukic scored his first goal in a competitive fixture for the club with just six minutes played, before Thomas Müller doubled the advantage barely five minutes later. "We were inspired by the early goals," Heynckes summarised.

With the lead under their belts, FCB turned on the style. "We had some great moments when we attacked," the coach stated, also praising his defenders for effectively shutting out Dortmund's dangerous front line. "We worked very, very hard in defence and stopped them creating anything," agreed captain Philipp Lahm, declaring himself "very pleased indeed" with the first half: "It was a good display from every player. If we keep our shape and discipline for 90 minutes, it'll look very, very good."

However, Bayern increasingly lost their way in the second half against Jürgen Klopp's vastly improved Borussia. "We gave the ball away too often and that brought Dortmund back into it," reasoned Lahm. However, last season's double winners were unable to add a second goal to Robert Lewandowski's 75th-minute strike. "Both teams are still preparing for the new season, so it's completely normal that not everything works yet," said Lahm, once again putting the narrow victory into perspective.

On the right track

However, there were still justified grounds for optimism. "I think we're heading in the right direction," observed Arjen Robben, "I think it could be a good sign. It's the first trophy, and hopefully there'll be more this season." The lively Mandzukic certainly wants more: "I've come to Bayern because I want to compete for trophies, and we've already won one. We have to carry on from here, because the best trophies are still to come," the Croat said.

"We shouldn't be patting ourselves on the backs just yet," Rummenigge admonished as the evening drew to a close. The chairman is well aware that victory in the Supercup will have little bearing on the title race. "What matters now is that we continue the good work for the next two weeks, so we make a correspondingly good start to the Bundesliga campaign - and that'll be tough enough."
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