It took Harry Kane just four minutes into his first start for Bayern Munich before recording his first goal contribution. The Englishman assisted Leroy Sané for the German’s first of the night in what was in the end, a routine win for the Rekordmeister. At 1-0, Werder Bremen did go toe-to-toe with their opponents, but it was the second-half when Bayern really picked it up a gear.
Despite Bremen nearly equalising through Leonardo Bittencourt and then Niclas Füllkrug, Kane doubled Bayern’s lead with a finish we’ve seen many times before in the 74th minute. With the game over as it entered the closing stages, Sané doubled his tally for the night and looked confident. The former Manchester City man has to progress this season. Mathys Tel then added Bayern’s fourth of the night.
Bayern Munich Player Ratings
Sven Ulreich, 6 – Bayern Munich made the decision to not sign a replacement for Manuel Neuer despite showing interest in several goalkeepers, and so Ulreich will be the Rekordmeister’s No. 1 until Neuer returns. Had very little to do.
Noussair Mazraoui, 7
Dayot Upamecano, 6
Kim Min-jae, 6 – A strong Bundesliga debut from the South Korean. Doesn’t look out of place in this Bayern Munich squad and showcased his pace and power. An excellent addition at centre-back. Yellow carded.
Alphonso Davies, 6
Joshua Kimmich, 7
Leon Goretzka, 5 – Surprisingly started ahead of Konrad Laimer alongside Joshua Kimmich. Slowed the ball down far too often when Bayern Munich looked to break. There was a moment in the 31st minute when Kingsley Coman made an excellent run between Mitchel Weiser and Amos Pieper, but Goretzka failed to stop the run of the Frenchman and instead played the ball sideways.
Leroy Sané, 9 – Took just four minutes to open his account for the season. A wonderful give-and-go with Harry Kane before using his explosive pace and finishing with his weaker right foot. Played in front of Benjamin Pavard in the Supercup last weekend, but showcased an excellent understanding with Noussair Mazroui tonight. Excellent at receiving the ball on the turn in central positions and progressing the ball.
Jamal Musiala, 7 – A rather quiet performance from arguably Bayern Munich’s best player last season. Showed glimpses in the first-half of his ball carrying skills and looked to progress the ball through the middle, but had very little impact in the second 45.
Kingsley Coman, 7 – The Frenchman always looked to create in the final third. Coman’s explosive pace caused Amos Pieper problems and the French international hit the post in the second-half. If he remains fit, it will be difficult to replace Coman in this Bayern Munich XI.
Harry Kane, 8 – Took the English forward just four minutes to record his first goal contribution, combining well to see Sané open the scoring. Dropped deep and brought others into play, and got his goal in the 74th minute with a superb finish – perhaps a little luck as a deflection took the ball past Jiri Pavlenka.
Others: Matthijs de Ligt (6), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (-), Thomas Müller (-), Konrad Laimer (-), Mathys Tel (-)
Selected Werder Bremen Player Ratings
Leonardo Bittencourt, 6 – Almost equalised for Werder Bremen in the opening stages of the second-half. He’s Bremen’s creator in the final third and will be crucial to anything that Bremen create in central areas.
Niclas Füllkrug, 7 – Thought he had an equaliser but had strayed offside. Again showcased his threat inside the area and you would expect him to again be up there in the scoring charts with the chances that Bremen create from wide areas.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder