Robben, Ancelotti demand improvement from below-par Bayern Munich
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 13, 2017,
Sep 13, 2017, 20:03
They secured Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Süle from Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim and brought in James Rodriguez on loan after the Colombian was considered not good enough for Real Madrid - a club Bayern consider direct global rivals.
Bayern Munich went 1-0 up after 11 minutes when Lewandowski converted a penalty he'd won himself, with Kums sent off for the foul.
After this, Bayern slowed somewhat and struggled to create worthwhile chances.
But, Bayern finally clicked into gear just after the hour, Thiago Alcantara tucking home from Joshua Kimmich's pinpoint cross. When Franck Ribery was replaced by Mueller with 12 minutes left, the Frenchman sauntered off the field, steered clear of Ancelotti, and tossed his jersey toward the bench.
Therefore, if Tottenham were concerned about Uth's ability to step up and play at a higher level, four goals against Liverpool and Bayern should prove beyond doubt that he is not merely another Janssen. "Bayern Munich are more of a team - we've experienced a lot together".
Rodriguez's move to Bayern was surprising and many fans did not know how well he would fit in.
It's worth noting, however, that Bayern's XI was vastly changed.
The Colombian linked up well with Thomas Muller and became a good gel for the midfield. Mark Uth was the hero for the Village Team with a double against Bayern. This is their first Champions League group appearance since 2014, and whilst they have been regulars in the Europa League, it's the furthest they have managed in a long time.
Europa League holders Manchester United brushed aside the challenge of Basel 3-0 at Old Trafford.
Losing its third game of this season means Borussia Dortmund, despite a 0-0 tie at Freiburg, remains in first-place.
In a revealing interview with one of Germany's leading publications, Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski spoke bluntly about modern-day football, foreign tours and Bayern's transfer policy.
That match is sure to be spectacular.