Bayern Munich had an emphatic start to kick off the 2020-21 Bundesliga season with an 8-0 thumping of Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena on Friday night.
Last season’s treble winners needed little more than three minutes to take the lead through Serge Gnabry with his first of three of the night. The German star turned Benjamin Stambouli inside out with his first touch before producing a fine left-footed 18-yard effort.
Hansi Flick’s side dominated the game from start to finish, maintaining 63% of the possession, producing 21 efforts on goal whilst Manuel Neuer was forced into just one save during the 90 minutes.
Perhaps the biggest surprise with Bayern scoring eight goals was that Robert Lewandowski only scored one of them. And that came from the penalty spot, making it 3-0 after half hour, with Leon Goretzka doubling their lead earlier.
Leroy Sane was making his debut for Bayern Munich, and set up Gnabry’s second and third goals before scoring against his former club himself to make it 7-0 with 20 minutes to go. The arrival from Manchester City over the summer had been played in one-on-one with a through ball from deep by Joshua Kimmich.
It had been an easy night for Kimmich and co to unlock the Schalke defence as they were all over the place; Stambouli and Ozan Kabak playing the centre-back partnership in a back four.
There was still time for 17-year-old Jamal Musiala to come off the bench and fire in the eighth. In the process, the former Chelsea youngster became Bayern Munich’s all-time youngest goalscorer, breaking the record previously held by Roque Santa Cruz.
David Wagner will have a task on his hand to lift the heads of his players over the coming week before hosting Werder Bremen next Saturday.