Bayern Munich showed their intent to win another Bundesliga title with a sound 3-1 victory over rivals Bayer Leverkusen on the opening day at Allianz Arena.
It was a wonderful opening night for the Bavarians as they enjoyed a comfortable victory and showed off some of their new signings.
New man Niklas Sule started the scoring in the ninth minute, proving to Carlo Ancelotti he was ready to go from game one with a lovely headed goal.
Only 10 minutes later and the lead was extended by another newcomer, Corentin Tolisso, who managed to stay onside during a penalty box scrap.
The game was almost out of reach for Leverkusen come the second half, but the winner was confirmed when Robert Lewandowski opened his account for the season with a well placed penalty after video referee intervention.
Leverkusen restored some of their honour via Admir Mehmedi in the final half hour of the match, but it was not enough and the home side claimed the three points.
Bayern not yet in form
Bayern have had a huge offseason with a number of new players and some rocky preseason matches. The score looks decisive, but Bayern were not their usual dominative selves.
The Bavarians had only 50% possession which is unusual considering their domineering style, especially considering it was a home game.
Die Roten looked lethargic and laid back in the second half, conceding a goal via poor defending.
It is only early days for the season but Bayern need to make sure they perform for the entire 90 minutes if they have any hopes for the upcoming Champions League season.
New players looking good already
Ancelotti acted quickly at the end of last season to snap up all his new players for another crack at the treble and it his investments are already paying off.
Sule is one of Germany’s top young defensive prospects but it seems like he has a head for goal, scoring as he opened accounts for Bayern’s season with a good goal.
Working together with Mats Hummels, the 21-year-old showed he has so much more to achieve at Bayern.
Midfielder Corentin Tolisso, signed from Lyon, also showed his worth when he extended Bayern’s lead midway through the first half.
The 23-year-old was not one of the German club’s biggest acquisitions but if he keeps in form, he will find himself getting a decent amount of first team action.
Sebastien Rudy also looked promising. The new Bayern Midfielder was comfortable working with Arturo Vidal and Franck Ribery, registering an assist on the night.
Leverkusen still a potential title challenger
Losing a game to Bayern is never the end of the world in the Bundesliga and Leverkusen should not feel down.
They have consistently been one of Germany’s best sides and they are always capable of launching an assault on the title.
If Leverkusen can pick themselves up after an opening day defeat, they have the means to beat any other team in the league and mount a serious challenge to threaten Bayern’s supremacy.