Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund at London’s Wembley Stadium, in the first ever all-German Champions League final.
While the excitement around this game is partly upheld by both team’s outstanding achievements in the semis against Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, there are other aspects that truly make it a match to watch.
Among these interesting aspect, is one that regards the near future:
Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes will be leaving his position after the end of this season with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola taking the reigns.
The Spanish tactician will therefore be in charge of the Bavarians this summer, when Bayern Munich could challenge Europa League winners Chelsea in the Super Cup.
With current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho expected to join Chelsea at the end of the campaign, this means that the 50-year-old will be leading the Blues at the Eden Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on August 30.
The fact that Chelsea will be making their second consecutive Super Cup appearance adds to the games importance. But more importantly, should the 'Special One' actually make his predicted return to the London club, we could be in for one more Pep Guardiola vs Jose Mourinho rivalry contest.
Guardiola and Mourinho have never shown any sign of friendship between themselves, and surely, they have yet to be compatible with each other at professional level as well.
The two iconic coaches met several times between 2010 and 2012, when Pep Guardiola was still active at Barcelona.
They faced each other on numerous occasions in La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League and even in the Spanish Super Cup. Unbelievably though, most of their games were tarnished by a high level of maddening controversy.
Amazingly, Guardiola humiliated his bitter rival with a 5-0 victory in the first ever Clasico involving both of them as managers.
Whereas Pep seemed to have the upper hand in the first meetings he had with Mourinho, the tables gradually switched overtime, and the former Porto boss eventually happened to find the key to nullify the Spaniard’s strategies.
The last Clasico, in which Mourinho and Guardiola featured ended in a dramatic 2-1 win for Real Madrid at the Nou Camp, earned Los Blancos the 2011-12 La Liga title.
Certainly, both managers have learnt a lot through their previous meetings, and considering this fact we would be sure to have a 2013 Super Cup fuelled with flawless techniques and mental strength.
However the conditions for this to become a reality are that Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund at Wembley this Saturday and Jose Mourinho once again becomes the manager at Stamford Bridge.
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