4 Things We Learned From Bayern Munich's Super Cup Victory Against Borussia Dortmund

With a host of new faces present in the German S, the 2017/18 season started in the most dramatic fashion.


A late own goal from Łukasz Piszczek gave Bayern the chance to snatch victory away from Borussia Dortmund via a penalty shootout, a chance that the Bavarian's took.


Here's a few things we learned from this exciting encounter...



4. A High Line Just Doesn't Work

A lesson clearly not learned by new manager Peter Bosz, Dortmund's attempt to play a high defensive line against the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller is footballing suicide. For all the attacking threat Borussia Dortmund have, a defensive strategy that saw them slip to third in the Bundesliga last season has let them down once again.


Although the Bayern pair aren't blessed with the same ferocious pace that Dortmund's front-line posses, their footballing intelligence got the better of the Borussia Dortmund defence all too often.

3. Germans and Penalty Shootouts

With 10 out of a possible 13 penalties finding the back of the net, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund showed why there is still only one country that dominates spot kick taking.


Notable strikes from new Bayern signings Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Süle helped the Bavarian's to lift the Super Cup over their Bundesliga rivals. Rudy and Süle, both former TSG Hoffenheim players, adopted an unorthodox technique for taking their penalties, only to send the ball flying into the top corner.

2. Dan-Axel Zagad-WHO?

Talk about a baptism of fire.


18-year-old summer signing Dan-Axel Zagadou was thrown to the wolves by Peter Bosz, making his Borussia Dortmund debut at left-back. Naturally a centre-back, the young man was always going to be up against it in the Super Cup, however, his performance would have disappointed even the most pessimistic of Dortmund fans.


Careless on the ball and positionly clueless, the young Frenchman is unlikely to see much more game time this season unless his performances drastically improve.

1. Auba's Importance

In a game with very few clear cut chances, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proved why Dortmund have to hold onto him at all cost. Scoring what looked like the winning goal, the Gabonese striker had just one chance all game to which he provided a world class finish.


As was the case with much of last season, Aubameyang's involvement during the 90 minutes is often limited. However, should a chance fall onto his right foot, the striker makes no mistakes and he will be key in trying to reclaim top spot in the Bundesliga come the end of next season.

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