Bayern Munich: Takeaways from comprehensive win against Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich players celebrating third goal against Werder Bremen on Friday. (Photo by Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrating third goal against Werder Bremen on Friday. (Photo by Marvin Ibo Guengoer - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images) /

The Bundesliga campaign started on a very good note for Bayern Munich. They cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win against Werder Bremen at Weser Stadium on Friday. A much-needed convincing performance from the Bavarian club after last weekend’s 3-0 defeat against RB Leipzig in DFL Supercup.

Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, and Mathys Tel were on the scoresheet for Die Roten against Werder Bremen. The visitors defended well to keep a clean sheet, which is a welcome boost after several poor defensive displays over the past few months. Apart from the good result to start the campaign, here are the three key takeaways from the game against Werder Bremen.

Harry Kane is going to improve the output of other forwards

Harry Kane has hit the ground running for Bayern. He scored on his Bundesliga debut on Friday to double Die Roten’s lead and put the game past Werder Bremen. The English striker will be adding a significant number of goals to the team, but his all-round game will be a bigger boost to the other forwards.

The English forward played a delightful and clever pass to send Sane through to the goal in the third minute of the game. Kane often dropped deep to receive the ball, allowing space for wide players to make runs. He also played clever passes from deeper positions to create chances. Kane is a complete striker, so other forwards at Die Roten are going to love playing with him.

Leon Goretzka makes the most of the start

Thomas Tuchel came up with a surprise team selection against Werder Bremen by handing a start to Leon Goretzka in midfield over Konrad Laimer. The German coach has used a midfielder pairing of Joshua Kimmich and Laimer in pre-season games, but he wanted to nullify the threat of Bremen from set-pieces by using a taller midfielder (Goretzka).

Goretzka grabbed this opportunity with both hands and delivered a solid performance against Bremen. He won the majority of duels (aerial and ground) and also completed passes with 97% accuracy. The German midfielder was also a threat in the final third with his late runs. He came very close to scoring a goal when his thunderous strike in the first half just went over the bar. Goretzka will have to fight for a place in the starting XI this season, so a solid performance in the first Bundesliga game will boost his chances for next weekend’s game against Augsburg. (Stats courtesy: Fotmob)

Noussair Mazraoui set for an extended run in the team

Tuchel handed Noussair Mazraoui a place in the starting XI after his promising display against RB Leipzig last weekend. The Moroccan defender replaced Benjamin Pavard in the starting XI and made the most out of this opportunity.

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Mazraoui completed 90% of his passes and helped Die Roten to smoothly play out from the back. He also linked up well with the wide players while going forward. The Moroccan defender also won 60% of his duels, which helped Bayern to keep things tight at the back. With Benjamin Pavard likely to leave Bavaria before the end of the window, Mazraoui may finally get an extended run in the team. His performance against Bremen will give Tuchel enough confidence to rely on him in the right-back position. (Stats courtesy: Fotmob)