Bayern Munich recovered from their Bundesliga loss on the weekend to bounce back with a comfortable 3-0 victory over RSC Anderlecht.
Bayern were expected to claim victory over their opponents and they were given an almost insurmountable advantage when Anderlecht received a red card and conceded a penalty in 11th minute, which Robert Lewandowski converted.
After this, Bayern slowed somewhat and struggled to create worthwhile chances.
The second half saw an enormous improvement from the home side, who went on to score two more goals with the help of Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich.
The 3-0 scoreline does not tell the whole story and it saves a lacklustre Bayern from criticism after a lethargic performance.
Robert Lewandowski questioned by fans
Lewandowski has been Bayern’s most prolific goalscorer ever since he moved to the Bavarians three years ago. The Polish striker has had some off days, but recently a number of fans have called his ethic into question.
The striker has taken to criticising his team in post-match interviews and many fans are unhappy. Lewandowski did not earn any supporters this week as he showed some selfishness on the pitch that many were not happy to see.
The 29-year-old visibly complained when the ball was not passed to him and at one stage refused to pass the ball to Arjen Robben, who had an open goal.
Lewandowski at his best is one of Bayern’s best players, but this sort of attitude is getting him into hot water at the Allianz Arena.
James Rodriguez showing his skill
Rodriguez’s move to Bayern was surprising and many fans did not know how well he would fit in. However, despite Bayern’s average performance, James showed the crowd why he was worth the effort to sign him.
The Colombian linked up well with Thomas Muller and became a good gel for the midfield. James was one of the shining lights of the Bayern team, crucial in the way that they dominated the game.
PSG looking ominous
It is only day one of the Champions League but already these teams should be looking ahead. Anderlecht’s prospects are grim, but they still have a chance to find progression to the Europa League at the very least.
Meanwhile, first place in the group is Bayern’s utmost priority. Standing in their way, however, is Paris Saint-Germain, who made big moves in the transfer market in the offseason and are looking fierce.
If Bayern perform against PSG like they did against Anderlecht it could be disastrous and cost them first place. The warning has passed, now Bayern have time to prepare for PSG.
That match is sure to be spectacular.