Carlo Ancelotti is confident that Bayern Munich can have a memorable campaign in the Bundesliga and Europe after seeing off rivals, Borussia Dortmund, in the DFL-Super Cup.
Bayern had a nightmarish preseason campaign that saw them lose four games out of five and came under a lot of flak before the game at Signal Iduna Park.
And Die Roten twice found themselves behind in the curtain-raising Klassiker, with Robert Lewandowski cancelling out Christian Pulisic’s opener and an unfortunate own-goal from Roman Burki sending the tie into spot-kicks after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second half strike earlier.
Deputising for the injured Manuel Neuer, Sven proved the hero for Bayern with penalty saves from Sebastian Rode and Marc Bartra to bring some relief to manager Ancelotti, Goal writes.
“Of course the title is important,” he said. “I’m pleased. We played with good concentration,”
“Our pre-season hasn’t been good but you don’t need to worry. When the season starts, we will be there.”
Proud of your effort. Enjoy, Champions!!
— Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) August 5, 2017
“We know that preseason hasn’t gone as well as we had wanted but we saw the Bayern that everyone wants to see, especially in the first half when we had lots of chances,” he told ZDF.
“We should have used these [chances] better and we also conceded two sloppy goals. In the end, we showed great morale, getting the result we wanted. We have to continue in this manner.”
Bayern will be targeting a record extending sixth straight Bundesliga title when season commences next Friday.
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