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Hummels ready for early Bayern test
Jul 25, 2013 6:52 AM EST
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has targeted a breakthrough win over archrivals Bayern Munich in Saturday's Super Cup final.
Bayern, who won the UEFA Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB Pokal last season, have not lost in five games against Dortmund, and Hummels wants to end that streak at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday.
Dortmund will enter the Super Cup final on the back of a 1-0 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach last week but, having won their four other pre-season friendlies, Hummels believes the club are ready to take on Bayern, who are undefeated in pre-season.
"We are totally looking forward to the game because we can test our position against Bayern, who are playing very well as far as we can see," Hummels said.
"That's why we are looking forward to the match, because from the level of play and atmosphere it must be an exciting one.
"We hope to win because we have lost the last two meetings.
"The importance of the Super Cup is increasing and we hope not to lose on Saturday."
Dortmund have played in the past two German Super Cup finals, losing both away from home, but their general manager Michael Zorc believes a full house at Signal Iduna Park could prove the difference against Bayern.
"The last two times we had to play away, so I am glad that we play at home in the Signal Iduna Park against Bayern Munich," Zorc said.
"I think the two best teams of the last years are competing, the interest is massive, I think we sold 79,000 tickets so far...the weather will be good and I am looking forward to a good game and we fight for the first title (of the season)."