Nothing ever comes easy if you are Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich. As the one club in Germany associated with trademark success in world club football, every team is going to give you their best shot, Peter Bosz’s Borussia Dortmund no different. As the defending holders of the DFL-Supercup, Bayern were tested at a very hostile Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.
Bayern prevailed 5-4 on penalties following a 2-2 draw. Christian Pulisic (12′) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (71′) scored for Dortmund, while Robert Lewandowski scored in the 18th minute and an own goal by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki leveled proceedings 88 minutes in. All of Bayern’s kick takers with the exception of young Joshua Kimmich, converted with Niklas Sule, the former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim hand, providing the difference.
“The team showed character and fought brilliantly,” said Hasan Salihamidzic. “They bounced back again and again, and I’m really happy we’ve won the title. It was important to put into practice what we we’ve discussed, that we were focused and played like Bayern Munich today. The lads who made their maiden appearance for FC Bayern today did a great job. I’m proud of the team.”
“Today we’ve seen some of the FC Bayern we want to see,” added Sven Ulreich. “In the first half we had countless chances we should have exploited. Unfortunately we conceded two goals, we weren’t attentive then. We’ve still won, it’s fantastic, and we have to keep it up. We showed the right attitude today. Of course I’m glad I could help the team in the shootout and win the title.”
“I’m very glad about the victory, it’s the first title,” said Lewandowski. “We turned in a very good display. We made a few mistakes but it’s the first match of the season. We have to step it up even more now. I’m sure everything will be going perfectly in a few months. We’ll surely be as strong as in the last or the second-to-last year.”
The 2017-18 Bundesliga season does not begin Friday, but the DFB Pokal gets underway, and Bayern drew Chemnitzer FC of the 3.Liga. There was some thought that there would be an unfathomable hangover from the arm-wrestle in Dortmund but it never materialized as the defending Bundesliga champions showed their class in a 5-0 rout. Lewandowski scored a brace in the 20th and 60th minutes, Kingsley Coman made it 2-0 in the 51st minute and both Franck Ribery (79′) and Mats Hummels (89′) rounded out the scoring.
With two straight wins on the trot across all competitions, Bayern are ready to do business in the Bundesliga as they get set for a marathon title defense. Their next match is at the Allianz Arena, the home opener on Aug. 18 against Bayer Leverkusen.