Even without Lewandowski: Bayern were masters at the start | free press

Bayern Munich is not satisfied after ten championship titles in a row: The resounding victory at Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of the Bundesliga is proof that the goal machine is running at full speed even without top striker Lewandowski.


The exhilarating start to the season put the pros at FC Bayern in high spirits and quickly made them forget the summer alternation of world footballer Robert Lewandowski, who had migrated to FC Barcelona.

“The skepticism that existed about the offensive due to the massive change, we pushed into the background with eleven goals in two games against the cup winner and the Europa League winner,” emphasized veteran Thomas Müller after the masterful performance of the Record champions from Munich at the 6:1 gala in Frankfurt.

“Hats off to the quality of this team”

Six days after the 5: 3 in the Supercup against RB Leipzig, the defending champion went one better at the start of the Bundesliga. “It was also interesting for us to see how we can do it without Lewandowski. Now we’ve scored eleven goals in two competitive games,” said Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann with relief and gave extra praise to the offensive department: “If the four or five people come up front to gamble, it’s fun to watch.”

Without Lewandowski, to whom the entire attacking game was tailored in the past, Bayern are much more difficult to calculate. “This flexibility is a completely different quality,” said Eintracht captain Sebastian Rode. “We didn’t find any solutions to defend that. It happened too quickly. Kudos to the quality of this team. We were overwhelmed.”

“The four in front, they’re fun”

The performance in front of 51,500 spectators was to the liking of Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. “We’re happy that our game is going and working the way it is. The coach pressed the right buttons. You have to congratulate the team on how they implemented it,” said the 45-year-old.

The new Attack department with new signing Sadio Mané, Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry and Müller, who was the only one of the quartet not to score, also gave the teammates a lot of joy. “The four up front, they’re fun,” said midfielder Joshua Kimmich, who started the scoring with a directly converted free kick. And Salihamidzic said: “The boys harmonize so well, as if they had been playing together for a long time.”

The competition should have taken note of this with unease, because in this condition Bayern will be difficult to stop. “If we play energetically and with this enthusiasm, we have a huge quality. Then every opponent has a hard time,” said Nagelsmann. It almost sounded like a threat. (dpa)


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