Pepe Reina to sit out Supercup clash
Pepe Reina will not be in Bayern Munich's squad for the Supercup final against Borussia Dortmund, coach Pep Guardiola has said, adding that he has "only eight or nine fully fit players" at his disposal.
He said he had not decided whether his recently-returned Germany World Cup winners, along with Netherlands' Arjen Robben and Brazil's Dante, would play at Dortmund, while Thiago Alcantara, Franck Ribery and Rafinha are injured.
"It is better that Reina stays in Munich, having only had two days of training," Guardiola said of the player whose arrival from Liverpool was confirmed at the weekend.
Speaking at a news conference, the coach left it open as to whether he would field Germany international Manuel Neuer or reserve Tom Starke in goal, explaining: "I need to talk to Manu and will then make my decision."
Neuer, Bayern's five other World Cup winners and Robben and Dante returned to training recently, and Guardiola said: "I know them -- they will train hard. But they need time, and for this final we don't have any time."
Guardiola, whose first match in charge of Bayern ended in a 4-2 Supercup defeat to Dortmund last summer, said: "It's a final, not a friendly.
"I know our opponents better than last season, but I also know how hard it is to win in Dortmund. They're a fantastic counter-attacking side with a great defensive structure."
Amid a growing row between the two clubs over the future of Marco Reus, Guardiola denied that he had spoken to Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge about bringing he player to Munich.
"We already have eight attacking players, and that's enough," he added. "We don't need any new players."
On Monday, BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said he would be delighted if Rummenigge "could keep his mouth shut for once" in the aftermath of remarks about the release clause in Reus's contract.
Zorc hit out strongly in an interview with Sport 1 on Friday, saying there was a "three-day rhythm" of Bayern comments about Dortmund players, but Munich sporting executive Matthias Sammer told the same channel on Saturday: "We will not allow anyone to forbid us to speak."