Badstuber: Bayern up for Super Cup
Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has said his team will have plenty of motivation heading into Saturday's German Super Cup final.
Having won the first treble in German football history last season, taking out the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League, Bayern could perhaps be forgiven for taking it easy against Borussia Dortmund in the traditional curtain-raiser of the new season.
But Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer has urged the Bavarian club to set a winning tone in Dortmund, while Badstuber has argued any title is worth winning.
"(New head coach Pep Guardiola) is working meticulously and the mood within the team is good," Badstuber said.
"They are focused and work with joy and fun.
"They are still hungry for titles and Saturday we have a new opportunity to get a title.
"I think you don't have to motivate any player further than this."
The Super Cup pits the reigning Bundesliga and DFB Pokal winners against each other in a one-off match and with Bayern having won both those titles in 2012/13, Dortmund will provide the opposition on Saturday after they finished second in the league.
Dortmund and Bayern have dominated German football over the past three seasons and Sammer believes it is crucial his club get some early momentum over their main rivals for the 2013/14 Bundesliga.
"Saturday is a final, a final in Dortmund that will be hard to play," Sammer said.
"We want to win, we want to be successful and start positively for the coming season but Dortmund wants to do the same.
"I am looking forward to a good game.
"I think that it will be good advertisement for German football with two top teams competing and I hope that we can show what we just started recently."
Bayern will head into the Super Cup final after a 2-0 victory over Guardiola's former club, Barcelona, on Wednesday.
Philipp Lahm and Mario Mandzukic scored the goals for Bayern in Munich, while ex-Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara started for the hosts.