Bayern Munich sent Friday the opening of the Bundesliga a chilling message to all their future opponents, Germans and Europeans, blasting Schalke 8-0, with a hat-trick from Serge Gnabry.
Bayern rookie star Leroy Sané scored once and delivered two assists to Gnabry, for his first start since arriving from Manchester City, for 45 million euros.
Goretzka, Lewandowski from the penalty spot, Müller and the very young Jamal Musiala, who became the youngest goalscorer in club history at 17, scored the other goals.
A few weeks after his cup-championship-Champions League treble, the « Rekordmeister » gave himself up to an insolent demonstration against a courageous but completely overwhelmed Gelsenkirchen team.
« They do not beat their opponents, they destroy them, » Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke said before the opening of this Bundesliga. His little phrase risks becoming proverbial.
Dortmund, which receives Mönchengladbach on Saturday for the first shock of this Bundesliga, and Leipzig, semi-finalist of the Champions League, are warned: they will face a monster this season!
Unbeaten since December
Because if Schalke was the first victim of the “Rekordmeister” version 2020-2021, it may not be the last. The Bavarian team, which has not lost an official match since December 7, 2019 (2-1 against Mönchengladbach), has put on its 22nd consecutive victory, and displays terrifying superiority.
While most of the teams are still breaking in, Bayern have given the impression that they are already at their best.
The Bavarians stifled their opponents with a huge pressing, never relaxed with three, four or five goals in advance.
Up front, their automatisms are impressive, even if we have sometimes seen coach Hansi Flick get angry on his bench for the lack of realism of his attackers, who could indeed make the addition worse.
This opening match, played behind closed doors due to a resurgence of the coronavirus in Bavaria, has at times looked like training. At the break, Bayern shot twelve times on goal, framed six times, and scored 3 goals. Manuel Neuer, in goal for Bayern, had only one save to make, in the first minute.
Back from the locker room, Schalke believed he could play a little higher to prevent Bayern from building. The « Blues » were punished in less than two minutes. On a counter led by the Sané-Gnabry duo, the first erased goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann and served the second for the ball of 4-0 (47th).
Coman in quarantine
Gnabry managed his hat-trick shortly after (59th), again served by his friend in the national team, who played in place of Kingsley Coman, in forced quarantine after having rubbed shoulders with a person affected by the new coronavirus.
Thomas Müller followed up with a spectacular pass from Lewandowski (6-0), and Sané had fun by scoring the 7th goal (71st). Jamal Musiala, a 17-year-old player who entered late in the game, scored the 8th goal (81st), for his second first-team appearance.
The French world champion Lucas Hernandez, used very little last season due to a long injury, had started. In the left side position, he made a barely correct copy, very far from the performance of the usual holder Alphonso Davies.
Liverpool formalizes the arrival of Thiago Alcantara
Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara has signed with Liverpool after seven years at Bayern Munich, the English club announced on Friday.
The 29-year-old, winner of the Champions League this summer with Bayern, has signed a « long-term contract », said the champions of England. The amount of the transfer would amount to 26 million euros according to British media.
“It’s an incredible feeling. I have been waiting for this moment for a long time and I am very happy to be here, ”Thiago told the Liverpool website.
The Spaniard, who will wear the N.6 with the Reds, intends to achieve the same success in England as in Germany. “When the years go by you try to win as much as you can and when you win you want to win even more (…) I want to achieve all the goals, win as many trophies as possible”, he said. advanced.
Son of former Brazilian international Mazinho and brother of Rafael Alcantara, Thiago started at FC Barcelona where he won three Ligas and a Champions League (2011).
Joining Bayern in 2013, he added 7 German league titles, three National Cups and won a new Champions League last month.
At the end of June, the German media revealed the desires of the midfielder who did not wish to extend his contract with the Bavarian club.
Trained at Barça’s Masia, Thiago stands out for his technical ease, his vista and his qualities as a recuperator and dribbler.
With Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool are offering their second signing of the summer, after that of the Greek side Kostas Tsimikas.