Things got ugly for Schalke very early at an empty Allianz Arena as the 2019/2020 Treble winners Bayern Munich scored, scored, and scored. Schalke found themselves down 3-0 in the first 31 minutes of play after a 4th minute goal by Serge Gnarby, a 19th minute goal by Leon Goretzka, assisted by who else Thomas Muller, and then Bayern’s number nine Robert Lewandowski was taken down in the box by Schalke defender Ozan Kabak drawing a yellow card and rewarding Bayern with a penalty. Lewandowski made no mistake and buried the ball in the bottom right corner, beating keeper Ralf Fahrmann, who has been known as a bit of a penalty killer, but not this game.
Even though Bayern went into the half with a 3-0 lead and absolutely dominating Schalke, putting four shots on goal, and maintaining 66% possession, Bayern’s manager Hansi Flick was showing signs of frustration on the bench because his team wasn’t capitalizing on all of their scoring chances. A couple miss ques and a post, made the first half look even closer than it really was.
Flick’s starting 11 looked a little different than it did when Bayern defeated Paris Saint Germain to win the UEFA Champions league final. Bayern completed a transfer of midfielder Thiago for 20 million Euros to the English club Liverpool just yesterday. Canadian sensation Alphonso Daives left out of the starting 11, David Alaba was kept out of the lineup all together with an apparent muscle injury, but it is a little bit suspect considering that Alaba and Bayern are in a bitter public feud over his expiring contract. But on the positive side, Bayern saw the debut of Leroy Sane’ who set up Gnarby’s second goal of the game that came less than two minutes into the second half, putting Bayern Munich up 4-0.
The combination of Sane’ and Gnarby should cause a lot of problems for the rest of the Bundesliga, the pair linked up again in the 60th minute when Sane set up Gnarby for his hattrick, not a bad start for match day one, Bayern were up 5-0 in the first hour of the game. Bayern continued to put on the pressure, Gnarby missing out on his fourth goal by a great save and then Muller had a chance before being snubbed out by a defender.
In the 69thminute Sane’ gave a beautiful lead pass to Lewandowski who probably could have put the ball in the back of the net himself, instead he cut the ball back and passed the ball with a back leg to the pass master Thomas Muller who buried the ball to go up 6-0. Lewandowski’s pass could already go down as the pass of the day.
Leroy Sane’ wasn’t done though, in the 71st minute the new number 6 Joshua Kimmich sent a ball up the pitch and put Sane’ on a breakaway and he wasn’t going to be denied his first goal for Bayern, putting them up 7-0. Sane finished his day with one goal and two assists making him the Kickin It Man of The Match.
By the end of the match Hansi Flick started resting his starters and playing his youngsters. In the 82nd minute 17-year-old Jamal Musiala scored Bayern’s eighth goal of the game, making him the first 17-year-old to score a goal for Bayern Munich.
This game also left people asking a lot of questions about Schalke who let Bayern make it look to easy. It’s one thing to lose to Bayern who are coming off their eighth straight Bundesliga title, but it’s unacceptable no matter who the opponent is, you have to put up some sort of fight and try to make it difficult on them.
Schalke managed to test Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer in the first minute of the game, but didn’t manage to get another shot on net. In the rare moments that they did have possession, Bayern would park nine players behind the ball and not allow Schalke to create any chances.
On the flip side, Bayern put 11 shots on net, scoring 8, and maintaining 63% of possession. The Treble winners looked unstoppable, and has put the rest of the Bundesliga on notice, the record champions aren’t going anywhere.
The Bundesliga were hoping all stadiums would have fans in the stadium this weekend, but due to rising numbers of COVID-19, Bayern were not able to have fans. Some stadiums will have fans this weekend, as each German state has their own rules.