Bayern Munich has gained 5 consecutive Bundesliga titles. And on a Friday night time on the Allianz Area about three months after every of the primary 4, the reigning German champs invariably despatched out a sign of intent.
The membership beat Borussia Mönchengladbach to kick off its title protection in 2013 and Wolfsburg in 2014. Bayern trounced Hamburg 5-0 in 2015 and thrashed Werder Bremen 6-0 in 2016.
On Friday, the pattern continued. And it might be shocking if the Bundesliga title streak didn’t in the end proceed too.
Bayern wanted lower than 9 minutes to take a lead, simply 9 extra to double it, and cruised to a 3-1 season-opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Furthering optimism have been the identities of Bayern’s key contributors on the night. Midfielder Sebastian Rudy and 21-year-old middle again Niklas Süle, each signed from Hoffenheim over the summer time, mixed for the primary aim:
Süle and Rudy have been two of three new signings who made their Bundesliga debuts for Bayern on Friday. The third, Corentin Tolisso, a central midfielder bought from Lyon, wouldn’t be outdone.
Tolisso, who placed on a powerful all-around efficiency, flicked residence a header on the doorstep of the far submit after some actually poor Leverkusen set piece defending:
Munich is embarking on its first Bundesliga season with out Philipp Lahm since 2005-06, and first with out Xabi Alonso since 2013-14. Its prolific wingers, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, are actually 33 and 34 years outdated, respectively. On the floor, that would appear to supply alternative for the remainder of the league.
However Bayern has reloaded, and Friday exemplified that. It wasn’t simply the debutants; Joshua Kimmich, the inheritor to Lahm, was stable at proper again. And supervisor Carlo Ancelotti didn’t even want contributions from his most glamorous summer time signing, Colombian attacker James Rodriguez.
There was additionally a separate addition that aided the Bavarians: video assessment. Video assistant referees will probably be making debuts of their very own across the Bundesliga this week, and so they have been known as upon for the primary time within the second half on Friday night time.
Early within the half, Leverkusen’s Charles Aranguiz initially acquired away with a tug on the shoulder of Robert Lewandowski within the penalty space. However Lewandowski tumbled to the turf, the ref put his hand to his earpiece, took recommendation from the VAR, and pointed to the spot:
Lewandowski transformed the penalty himself, and the hosts have been in management.
Leverkusen pulled a aim again within the sixty fifth minute, and to be truthful to the guests, the 3-1 scoreline was a much better illustration of the sport than 3-0. Leverkusen restricted Bayern’s probability creation from open play, and created loads itself. Admir Mehmedi and Kevin Volland each had close-range efforts denied by backup Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich within the first half. Mehmedi acquired the aim within the second amid intermittent spells of Leverkusen stress.
Munich was a cushty winner ultimately, however its efficiency was removed from dominant. Final season’s Twelfth-place finishers outshot the champions 16-11, and possession was 50-50.
Bayern had a considerably bumpy preseason, and there are nonetheless loads of questions for Ancelotti’s crew to reply. They’re maybe much less clear-cut favorites than in years previous. However they’re nonetheless favorites, and Friday was a robust begin to a marketing campaign that might yield a sixth consecutive Bundesliga crown.