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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola said the European champions were unconcerned despite their 4-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup — a repeat of May’s Champions League final.

Dortmund players
Dortmund’s players celebrate after winning the German Super Cup. Pic/AFP

It was the Spaniard’s first loss since taking over from Jupp Heynckes, who last season steered Munich to become the first German team to win the treble of European, league and cup titles.

Dortmund’s midfielder Marco Reus scored the second of his two goals in the 86th-minute to settle Saturday’s Super Cup showdown at Borussia’s Westfalenstadion.

Bayern were without key midfielders Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger and, with the Bundesliga set to restart on August 9, Guardiola said the errors will be fixed.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

“Overall, I am happy with the performance,” said the 42-year-old ex-Barcelona coach, who suffered his first defeat in ten pre-season games since taking charge last month.

“We played well and what happened came down to individual situations. “Even though we lost, I didn’t get the feeling that Dortmund were better than us. We still have ten days to get ready for the Bundesliga restart and to correct our minor errors.”

Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who scored Bayern’s winning goal in their 2-1 Champions League final victory, scored twice for Munich in a pulsating game with three goals in three second-half minutes.

No cause for concern
Despite the defeat — Bayern’s heaviest since losing the 2012 German Cup final 5-2 to Dortmund in Berlin — captain Philipp Lahm said there was no cause for concern.

“We are still in our pre-season phase and conceeded the goals at the worst possible time,” said Lahm, back in his preferred right-back position after having experimented in midfield. We’ll analyse the game and then move on.”

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was delighted with his team’s victory, especially without new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has torn ankle ligaments. “It was a great game, both teams ran up and down like there was no tomorrow,” beamed the Borussia boss.

“It’s good to have won the Super Cup, when the winner is happy and the loser disappointed. We won, which is really great and when we play them in Munich, we will also want to win there. “The main thing is Bayern aren’t our main rivals, we are just focusing on us.” 

Jupp Heynckes ‘not amused’

Jupp Heynckes says he was “not amused” at Bayern Munich’s loss to Borussia Dortmund.

Jupp Heynckes

Heynckes led Bayern to a treble last season, only to watch on helplessly as his successor suffered defeat in his first competitive match in charge.

“I barely managed a team which was that perfect and so focused to succeed,” he said. “Of course I’m not amused (by the loss), these are still my guys.

The team isn’t that far from showing a top performance. Pep looks very good, is well-dressed and has a perfect team.”  

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