The European champions prevailed with astonishing ease in the duel that opened the German league season.
The 2020/21 Bundesliga started the same as the last edition ended. And the last one. And the last one. And last … Yes, with Bayern Munich winning with amazing comfort: the European champion thrashed 8-0 to Schalke 04 in the meeting that opened the season of the most popular competition on the planet, which started with deserted stands as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Twenty-six days after winning the Champions League, without one of its figures, the Brazilian Thiago Alcántara, who left for Liverpool, but with the incorporation of Leroy Sané (he arrived from Manchester City), the winner of the last eight editions of the The Bundesliga successfully started the defense of its domestic hegemony.
If someone dreamed of a hit, very quickly the illusions slipped away. After 3 minutes and after a very long and surgical pass from Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, who had shown a superlative level in the decisive segment of the Champions League, settled down and resolved with an unapproachable left-foot for Ralf Fährmann.
At 18 minutes, Leon Goretzka, with a low shot from the crescent, scored the 2-0. And at 31, Robert Lewandowski, who before the start of the duel had received the award for the best player of last season, converted the third, of penal, after an infraction that the Turkish Ozan Kabak had committed.
The team led by Hansi Flick did not take their foot off the gas after the break. When only 75 seconds of the complement had been contested, a quick counterattack that Sané handled ended with Gnabry pushing the net.
At 14 minutes, before a defense that gave all the facilities and after another maneuver woven by Sané, Gnabry added his third goal of the day in the desert Allianz Arena. Although until Thursday there had been speculation about the possibility of allowing the entry of 7,500 fans, the idea was discarded due to the increase in cases of covid-19 in Bavaria.
The absence of the public will not be a constant, since the Teutonic Government allowed up to 20 percent of the stadium capacity to be used during a test period of six weeks, although in each case the final decision will rest with the health authorities regional by virtue of the number of infections in the area.
At 24 minutes, Lewandowski abandoned his usual scorer role for a while to dress up as an assistant: with a beautiful rabona he combined with the stainless Thomas Müller, who converted the sixth.
Almost without pause and in his umpteenth run behind the backs of the defenders in blue clothing, Sané joined the scoring cataract in his first game with the Bayern shirt and just in front of the team in which he was formed.
For the closing was the goal of the youthful Jamal Musiala, who had replaced Gnabry and scored the eighth with a nice personal maneuver. The 17-year-old boy was born in Germany, but grew up in England (he represented that country’s under-17 team) and in the middle of last year he came to Bayern from Chelsea.
The first date of the Bundesliga will continue on Saturday at 10.30, with the matches Cologne-Hoffenheim, Union Berlin-Augsburg, Eintracht Frankfurt-Arminia Bielefeld, Werder Bremen-Hertha Berlin and Stuttgart-Freiburg. At 13.30, Borussia Dortmund-Borussia Moenchengladbach will meet. And on Sunday they will complete Leipzig-Mainz at 10.30 and Wolfsburg-Bayer Leverkusen at 13.
This edition of the German competition will be attended by six Argentine footballers: Exequiel Palacios and Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen), David Abraham (Eintracht Frankfurt), Santiago Ascacíbar (Hertha Berlin), Mateo Klimowicz and Nicolás González (Stuttgart).