Heading into the 2016 Bundesliga season, Bayern Munich were trying to win their fifth consecutive league title. After Pep Guardiola‘s move to Manchester City, Carlo Ancelotti is now at the helm of the German Giants.
Bayern were looking to start of the season on a winning note as Werder Bremen traveled to the Allianz Arena for an opening night match.
Midfielder Xavi Alonso‘s superb volley nine minutes in gave the hosts a 1-0 lead. Robert Lewandowski extended the Bayern lead to 2-0 four minutes later. A minute in the second half, Lewandowski added his second of the day for a 3-0 Bayern advantage.
Phillip Lahm made it 4-0 in the 66th minute, when he smashed a shot off the left post and in. After a strong passage of play, Franck Ribery netted home seven minutes later from the center of the box to make it 5-0. Lewandowski would round up his hat-trick in the 77th minute from the penalty spot, after midfielder Thiago was fouled inside the box.
At the final whistle, Bayern had a 6-0 commanding victory in the opening match of the new Bundesliga season. Thomas Muller chipped in with three assists, while defender Mats Hummels played the full 90 minutes after joining from Borussia Dortmund this summer. Surprisingly, 19-year-old Renato Sanchez was an unused sub, after his £27.5 million move from Benfica.
Ancelotti, who won the German Super Cup earlier this month with Bayern, earned his first Bundesliga victory. Bayern had 71% of the possession, while totaling 14 shots on target out of their 27 in total. Bremen keeper Felix Wiedwald made eight saves, while Manuel Neuer made two in the clean sheet.
According to BBC Sport, Robert Lewandowski was happy about the team’s performance in their opening match. “We played very well. We played our attacking game and we have the quality to dominate. I’m just happy I scored and that we got the win.”
Overall, I see it being a two-horse race for the Bundesliga crown this season between Bayern and Dortmund. The two sides have won the last seven titles combined in Germany. Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach, and Wolfsburg are also some candidates that could sneak up on the two favorites.
After a week off due to World Cup Qualifiers, Bayern will travel to Schalke on September 9th, while Bremen host Augsburg two days later.
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