Pep Guardiola Comments on Bayern Munich's Fitness Ahead of Super Cup Clash

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01:  Pep Guardiola head coach of Bayern Muenchen at the end of match during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola wants to take down rival Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup but admits the club may be facing severe limitations on Wednesday.

Miles Chambers of passed along the boss' worrisome remarks, highlighted by the fact he thinks only eight or nine of his players are fully prepared for competition. The German national team's World Cup triumph caused a delay in preparations for the new club campaign.

Guardiola said:

Last summer my players were fitter for the Supercup. This time I only have eight or nine players that are fully fit—no more. The world champions have trained well, but they need time. I'm happy that I have six world champions. After training today I will talk to the players then decide who can play and for how long.

Although the Spanish boss didn't go into specifics about who would be available for selection, it doesn't sound like he'll have the full squad at his disposal. Along with the German stars, the side is filled with players who spent the summer representing their respective countries.

Bayern are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Major League Soccer All-Stars as part of their preseason preparations. Most of the club's big names either didn't play or only made cameo appearances as they continue the process of getting back into form.

The question is how far Guardiola is willing to push his stars with another very busy season ahead. The Bavarians would love to avenge the defeat handed to them by Dortmund in this event last year, but there are bigger things on the horizon, highlighted by defending their league title and the Champions League.

Ultimately, it's that big-picture outlook that will likely cause the manager and the team's training staff to take a very conservative route on Wednesday. Guardiola's comments are seemingly an effort to prepare the supporters for a starting lineup that's less than full strength.

That doesn't mean they cannot win the trophy anyway, it just lessens their chances. But if it means everybody is back to full strength for the more important challenges ahead, that's a trade-off the club should be willing to make.