FC Bayern Munich enjoys a perfect start to the Champions League title defense.
FC Bayern Munich begins the Champions League campaign with an emphatic victory against Atletico Madrid. The defending champions clinched a 4-0 win at Allianz Arena on Wednesday, courtesy of wonder goals from Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka, and Corentin Tolisso.
Hansi Flick decided to switch to a three-man midfield after Serge Gnabry was ruled out due to coronavirus. Tolisso started with Joshua Kimmich and Goretzka in the midfield, while Thomas Muller played on the right flank. Meanwhile, Diego Simeone was able to recall Renan Lodi back into the lineup.
It was a frantic start to the game as the hosts were stunned by Atletico’s fast start. Luis Suarez had the golden chance to open the scoring, but he couldn’t make contact with a dangerous cross from Yannick Carrasco.
Die Roten took some time to recover and started moving the ball faster in the midfield. Niklas Sule shattered the post with a close-range effort. The German Champions eventually got the lead just before 30 minutes. Kimmich found Coman on the left flank with a sumptuous pass. The Frenchman did the rest of the job by cooly slotting past Jan Oblak.
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After the first goal, Die Roten pinned Atletico in their half by executing multiple attacking moves. They were eventually rewarded five minutes before half time whistle through a smashing hit from Goretzka in the box. Coman showed great composure to find Goretzka in the box.
Atletico Madrid came back roaring in the second half. They almost halved Bayern’s lead when Joao Felix had the ball in the net, but an offside player was in Neuer’s line of vision. The goal was ruled out, but Atletico kept on knocking at Die Roten’s defense at the start of the second half. Similar to the first half, Bayern gradually got a hold of the game and started dictating the game.
The visitors were chasing shadows as Die Roten retained possession and started creating chances. Muller came close to scoring the third goal as his volley from a tight angle missed the target by a few inches.
Yannick Carrasco had the golden chance to bring Atletico Madrid back in the game, but he fired the shot into the stands from a close range. Die Roten punished Atletico for this miss by scoring the third goal at the other end. Kimmich and David Alaba executed a clever free-kick, but the German midfielder’s shot was blocked. Tolisso managed to get the hold off the ball and drill it into the top corner from 30 yards.
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Atletico Madrid were getting stretched on the counter as Die Roten showed no signs of slowing down. The German Champions picked them off on the counter as Coman got the second goal of the game after going past a couple of defenders and depositing the ball past Oblak.
The European Champions saw out the rest of the game by bringing off important players. It was a terrific performance from Bayern, one that will send a statement to the rest of the clubs in Europe that Die Roten are in no mood to hand over the CL trophy.
FC Bayern Munich (4-3-3)
Pavard- Sule- Alaba-Hernandez
Substitutes: Nubel, Martinez (↓Goretzka (83′)), Costa (↓Coman (73′)), Choupo-Moting (↓Lewandowski (83′)), Zirkzee, Boateng, Davies (↓Muller (83′)), Sarr (↓Pavard (73′)), Roca, Musiala
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2)
Trippier- Felipe- Savic- Lodi
Substitutes: Grbic, San Roman ,Torreira (↓Koke (79′)), Correa (↓Suarez (76′)), Lemar (↓Llorent (79′)), Saponjic, Vitolo (↓Carrasco (76′)), Hermoso, Sanabria