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Pep Guardiola: Silverware is always important

DFL Supercup - Pep Guardiola

FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will face each other in the first real highlight of the new 2013-14 season as both teams gear up to play the German DFL Supercup today evening.

It wil be first clash between these two sides since the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley 63 days ago and the global interest in the match is huge. The DFL Supercup will be broadcasted in 195 countries, while a full capacity crowd of 80,000 fans is expected to watch the game live at the Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.

“It is an honour to be in Dortmund and to contest for this title. That’s the reason why I’m here,” Bayern’s star coach Pep Guardiola told at the pre-match press conference. “My players know what will happen, when we play Dortmund. I think it will be a great match.”

“Silverware is always important – no matter what kind of competition it is and whom we play. That’s how I see things,” Guardiola continued. But the Spaniard warned not to overrate the match today: “We are at the beginning of the season and there is still a long, long way to go.”

Bayern will miss the services of Franck Ribéry and Manuel Neuer due to minor injuries, while Bastian Schweinsteiger will be part of the squad today.

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp is expecting a tough game, but he is keen to tackle Bayern at the Signal Iduna Park. “We will try our best to win the first title of the season,” Klopp told.

“We would like to play good football and keep the title here in Dortmund.”

“Bayern have showed their strength against Hamburg and Moenchengladbach at the Telekom Cup [+ click here],” Klopp added.

Bayern have won the Supercup four times (1987, 1990, 2010, 2012), while Dortmund won the title in 1989, 1995 and 1996. Both camps are keen to win the title once again and none of them are willing to give away some silverware to their archrivals.

The DFL Supercup will kick-off at 20.30 CET (24.00 IST / 19.30 GMT), while experienced referee Jochen Drees will be in charge of the game.