BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund’s new signings Andre Schuerrle and Mario Goetze admit they are excited ‘like little kids’ at the prospect of facing Bayern Munich for the German Super Cup on Sunday.
Germany’s World Cup winning duo it was Schuerrle’s cross which Goetze volleyed at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro to win the 2014 Brazil title are relishing facing the German champions at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park.
Both players know they have a point to prove this season as they held their first Dortmund press conference at a training camp in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland on Monday.
Goetze has returned to Dortmund after three unhappy years at Bayern, while Schuerrle, 25, arrives after 18 months at Wolfsburg following two seasons at Chelsea where he failed to hold down a first-team place.
Schuerrle said he is “like a little kid” ahead of his debut, while Goetze is glad to be back in the black and yellow jersey, but admits a few nerves about how he will be received after three seasons with Dortmund’s arch rivals.
“I don’t know what it will be like in the stadium on Sunday, I hope that everything goes well,” he said.
“It’s something old and at the same time, something new.
“When Borussia Dortmund showed an interest, I decided to return because of the last few months at Bayern.”
Having joined Bayern to much fanfare for 37 million euros ($40m) in 2013, Goetze, still only 24, has spent most of the last three years either injured or on the bench.
Ex-Munich coach Pep Guardiola prefered Thiago Alcantara as his attacking midfielder.
Then new Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti reportedly told Goetze his future lay elsewhere during a phonecall towards the end of the season.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has said he wants to see Goetze ‘smile more’ after his unhappy Munich stint and the Germany international poked light fun at the remarks.
“I haven’t smiled for the last three years and was depressed,” said Goetze sarcastically.
In a more serious tone, he added: “I certainly haven’t had three easy years at Bayern and I want to play as many games as possible here, get the most out of myself and help the team.”
Goetze says he would not have joined Bayern had he known in 2013 what he knows now, despite leaving Munich with three Bundesliga winners medals.
“I wanted to take the risk, the decision to join Bayern Munich was clearly my decision and I wouldn’t want to hide behind it,” he said.
“With the experience I have had in the last three years, I would have made a different decision.”
Both Schuerrle and Goetze only returned to Dortmund training last week after a holiday following the European championships.
“We want to get fit as quickly as possible to reach the levels we need to play at,” said Goetze.
“When that will be, the coach will decide, not us.”
The Germany star knew better than to predict if Dortmund can break Bayern’s hold on the German league title after winning the trophy for the last four years running.
“We have to take it a game at a time, the path is long,” said Goezte.