Munich (dpa) – Unimpressed by the corona vortex surrounding Serge Gnabry, FC Bayern got off to a furious start with an outstanding Kingsley Coman at the start of the new Champions League season.
Two months after the triumph of Lisbon, the defending champion continued the impressive triumph in Europe’s premier football class with a convincing 4-0 (2-0) against Atlético Madrid thanks to his final hero. Coman (28th minute / 72nd), Leon Goretzka (41st) and Corentin Tolisso (66th) made wonderful goals against the previous favorite scare on Wednesday at the next ghost game in Munich.
After Gnabry’s positive test result the day before, Hansi Flick was already happy before the kick-off on Wednesday, because his star ensemble was spared further corona failures. In addition, Joshua Kimmich was back after the birth of his second child and played a decisive role in building the record series in Europe’s top league to twelve successes.
“We had a tough task ahead of our chests and we mastered it with ease,” said coach Flick, raving about “four wonderful goals”. The strong Coman said: “We have a very good team, we play very well together and I hope that will continue to be the case.” Guest coach Diego Simeone had to admit: “Bayern were simply more accurate than we are today.”
The Munich-based company will continue next Tuesday at Lokomotiv Moscow. The Russian runners-up separated 2-2 away from Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.
Coach Flick said the Gnabry failure had “not changed much” in his plans for the Madrid game. After a balanced start, the Munich team took control of the game, even if the uncomfortable Spaniards were brave. Niklas Süle hit the post in the 15th minute and Tolisso, who failed three minutes later to visiting goalkeeper Jan Oblak, had the first good opportunities for the home side.
In an intense game, Thomas Müller once again appeared particularly committed. “What’s going on here? We are playing against Atlético Madrid, the biggest bullies in European football,” the ex-world champion grumbled when he saw a yellow card for a tough duel.
Shortly afterwards, Kimmich introduced Bayern into the lead, tough but fair. The 25-year-old fought for the ball and served Coman perfectly, who easily overcame Oblak from close range. In August, the Frenchman had ensured the final triumph of Munich against Paris Saint-Germain with his goal, and now, appropriately, he opened the next title hunt for the Munich team.
Even after that, the hosts appeared more determined and more effective. Deserved increased Goretzka, who had come free in the penalty area after a quick attack on Coman’s template. “A great feeling, that’s the best way to help the team,” said Goretzka at Sky.
Atlético rarely came dangerous before the Munich goal, new signing Luis Suárez missed twice before the break. In the previous season, the Madrid team had promoted defending champions Liverpool FC under coach Jürgen Klopp from the competition and then failed in the quarter-finals at RB Leipzig.
Shortly after the restart, the ball was in the goal of Munich. Joao Felix, who was once committed for 127 million euros, had met. But because Suárez was offside in front of Manuel Neuer, the goal did not count. Neuer had previously eagerly complained. The Bayern goalkeeper caught up with Philipp Lahm with his 112th appearance in the Champions League, only record holder Müller has 116 more games.
Because Atlético now acted more offensively and aimed more often at the penalty area of Munich, the defending champion had more space. The 3-0, however, came from a free kick. Kimmich’s shot was blocked by Suárez, Tolisso chased the ball from 25 meters into the right corner of the goal – the decision. A little later after a fine individual performance, Coman refined the evening with his second goal. The rest was a show.