The 2017-18 Bundesliga season got underway, and the flagship tandem of Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich and Peter Bosz’s Borussia Dortmund started strong. At the Allianz Arena, goals from Niklas Sule (9′), former Lyon hitman Corentin Tolisso (19′) and the reliable Robert Lewandowski (53′) drove Bayern Munich to a clinical 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen to continue their win streak across all competitions. Admir Mehmedi (65′) scored a consolation goal for the visitors.
“It was a difficult match,” said Ancelotti. “We scored early but didn’t defend well then. We allowed too much space between the lines. It happens at this point, we have to improve. We have to be compact. Hummels had a stomach problem, Müller’s substitution was a tactical decision. We wanted to change the system.”
“It’s been a special day for me, the first match for my new club and my first goal,” said Sule, who impressed on debut. “It was nice for me, especially regarding the great atmosphere. It wasn’t easy, we struggled. We had presentable chances in the first half. Things didn’t go so well in the second half. The freshness was missing. There were many chances. Perhaps the scoreline is a little too high.”
Over at the Volkswagen Arena, it was one way traffic for Dortmund in a 3-0 shutout win over VfL Wolfsburg. USMNT regular Christian Pulisic opened the scoring 22 minutes in before Marc Bartra (27′) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (60′) slammed the door shut.
“I think our attitude was very good,” said Mario Gotze, who returned to action after a lengthy layoff. “We got the goals, we were ice-cold when taking them. We played a good, well structured game. We had plenty of possession away from home. All of these things are very important. The team implemented excellently what the manager had asked of us on the field of play.
“Ultimately, it is only the first game of the Bundesliga. But we have got the first three points, that is of course important. It is a good feeling to start the season in this way. However, we know there is a very long path in front of us still. It was only the first, small step.”
Bayern Munich are away to Werder Bremen on Aug. 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. PT/9:30 a.m. ET. Borussia Dortmund have their home league opener against Hertha BSC. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT.