Borussia Dortmund host champions Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup on Sunday with Mats Hummels and Mario Goetze set to be scrutinized following high-profile returns to each rival team.
The showdown between German league and cup champions Bayern and last season’s runners-up Dortmund, who finished second to the Bavarians in both competitions, has plenty of added spice a fortnight before the start of the Bundesliga season.
Germany centre-back Hummels, Dortmund’s captain last season, can expect an uncomfortable return to Borussia’s sold-out Signal Iduna Park having signed a five-year deal in May to rejoin Bayern, the club he left in 2008.
“There will certainly be some people who won’t give me a warm welcome,” admits Hummels.
“It’s understandable, but I will always cherish my time there, even if I am booed there for the next 15 times in a row.”
Hummels expects “very loud background noise” and failed to help matters by admitting he moved to Bayern to join “one of the three best teams in the world” — something Dortmund can not claim to be.
But Bayern striker Thomas Mueller says Dortmund fans should not whistle Hummels, who helped the team to the 2011 and 2012 league titles, making 225 league appearances.
“Mats doesn’t give the impression that he’s scared and whether he is welcomed or jeered won’t influence us,” said Mueller.
“Any boos would be ridiculous, as far as I am concerned. Mats was a leading figure in a lot of success for Dortmund, they could show a bit of gratitude.”
Likewise, Goetze will have a point to prove in his first competitive game back in the black and yellow Dortmund shirt after three frustrating seasons at Bayern, spent mainly on the bench or injured.
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