Hapless Bremen hit for six in stunning Bayern display

After a busy international break it would be back to domestic Bundesliga action, and in front of a packed Allianz Arena FC Bayern would turn out a sparkling performance against old foes Werder Bremen. Ahead of the upcoming journey to Rome and what will arguably be the toughest game of the season so far, table-proppers Bremen would not exactly offer the most testing opposition in a game that would provide a number of firsts – and a welcome return.

With coach Pep Guardiola continuing to shuffle his starting eleven Brazilian Rafinha would return in place of Medhi Benatia and Jérôme Boateng would return to his usual slot in the middle of a readjusted back four alongside Dante and David Alaba, while skipper Philipp Lahm would move into the midfield alongside Xabi Alonso. Danish youngster Pierre-Emile Højbjerg would take the place of Xherdan Shaqiri, while up front Thomas Müller would return with Polish striker Robert Lewandowski on the bench. Also on the bench would be the returning Franck Ribéry.

Without a win to their name in the league this season, Bremen would manage to hold their own for the opening twenty minutes, but that would prove to be the calm before the storm as the home side put their foot down to storm into a four goal lead at half-time. The opener would be scored by Lahm, who collected Müller’s crisp through ball before lashing it past Werder ‘keeper Raphael Wolf from fifteen yards.

Lahm’s strike would be the catalyst for Bayern to slip into second and then third gear, and against a timid Bremen side low on confidence the slaughter would truly commence. Just seven minutes later a wonderfully-executed training ground free-kick routine would provide Xabi Alonso with a first goal in Bayern colours, as “Raumdeuter” Müller drew away the defence with a superb dummy run to allow the Spanish maestro to guide the ball underneath the leaping wall and past the wrong-footed Wolf. It was goal that would put a smile on everyone’s face.

Hapless Bremen would forget about attacking completely as they desperately attempted to stem the red tide, and they looked to have made their way through to the half-time without further damage. However, a clumsy challenge by Austrian Sebastian Prödl just inside the box two minutes from break would see referee Bastian Dankert point to the penalty spot, and Müller stroked home the kick with his usual aplomb. If this wasn’t enough for poor Bremen, Mario Götze would make it four with a delicious right-footed curler that would fly into the top right-hand corner.

As the teams headed to the dressing room the question would be just how many Bayern would score. After their 7-0 and 5-2 maulings last season, Bremen were looking like fish out of water.

Unsurprisingly given their midweek fixture Guardiola’s side would loosen the screw in the second half, but without relinquishing control. Manuel Neuer might as well have taken a long nap in the Bayern goal, and the well-drilled midfield unit would remain in total command, passing the ball around with consummate ease. Spaniard Juan Bernat would replace Alaba at the start of the half, but one of the loudest cheers of the afternoon would come at the hour mark. Replacing Arjen Robben, Franck Ribéry would make his way to the touchline and then onto the pitch.

The arrival of the flying Frenchman would be key to Bayern switching up a gear for a second time, and once again they would attack at will. With eleven minutes left a crisp one-two between Lahm and substitute Shaqiri would result in the skipper calmly completing his first brace in his 321st game for Die Roten from close range, and four minutes from time Götze would complete a brace of his own with a powerful right-footed effort that would take a slight deflection before settling in the bottom right-hand corner.

Robin Dutt’s sorry outfit would be no match for a superb Bayern side, and for the first time since detailed match statistics began in 1992/93 they would become the first team not to register a single shot on goal in a Bundesliga match. With Bremen remaining at the foot of the table, the Munich side would maintain their four-point lead ahead of Borussia Mönchengladbach – with both sides clashing at the Borussia-Park next week in what will surely be a old school classic.

1. Bundesliga, Week 8
Allianz Arena, München, 18.10.2014

FC Bayern 6:0 (4:0) SV Werder Bremen
Lahm 20., 79., Alonso 27., Müller pen 43., Götze 45., 86. / –

FC Bayern: Neuer – Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba (46. Bernat) – Alonso (60. Shaqiri) – Lahm (c), Højbjerg – Robben (60. Ribéry), Götze – Müller

Bremen: Wolf – Fritz (c), Lukimya, Prödl, Garcia – F. Kroos (62. Galvez), Makiadi – Bartels , Elia (46. Busch) – Junuzović – di Santo (79. Petersen)

Yellow Cards: – / Galvez

Originally published on the website of the Red Dragons London, the United Kingdom’s premier FC Bayern München fan club.

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London-based but with his heart firmly in Fröttmaning, Rick Joshua's love of German football goes back more than thirty years and has witnessed everything from the pain of Spain '82 and the glory of Italia '90 to the sheer desolation of Euro 2000. This has all been encapsulated in the encyclopaedic Schwarz und Weiß website and blog, which at some three hundred or so pages is still not complete. Should you wish to disturb him, you can get in touch with Rick on Twitter @fussballchef. This carries a double meaning, as he can prepare a mean Obazda too.

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