Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich and Thomas Tuchel’s Borussia Dortmund took Europe to school in the first match of UEFA Champions League group stage play. At the Allianz Arena in Munich, the German champions put FC Rostov to the sword early and often in a 5-0 smashing. Young gun Joshua Kimmich led the way with a brace in the 53rd and 60th minutes. Also on the feast were Robert Lewandowski (28′), Thomas Muller (45′ + 2′) and Juan Bernat (90′).
“We knew about his qualities in defence and in our build-up play,” said Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. “Now he’s made his mark in attack. It’s fantastic for us.”
“Apart from World Cup qualifying, Joshua has scored more goals than me in every competition, so that makes him my chief rival,” Muller added. “I’ll have to stay hot on his heels until Saturday and make sure he keeps his feet on the ground. If we manage that, he’s continue to play an important role for us in our forthcoming matches.”
The effort sets Bayern up for a big day against Markus Kauczinski’s FC Ingolstadt 04 at home. The game marks the start of five matches in 14 days, a grueling stretch that will put Bayern’s name and reputation to the test, as these stretches always have. As reported earlier, the Stoppage Time believes Bayern will ease through to a 2-0 win as they have a massive midweek match with Hertha BSC on Sept. 24.
As for Dortmund, they had a field day at the Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw. Goals from Mario Gotze (7′), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (15′), Marc Bartra (17′), Raphael Guerreiro (51′), Gonzalo Castro (78′) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (87′) powered Borussia Dortmund to a 6-0 smashing of Legia and sets when up for a mouthwatering showdown with defending UCL champions Real Madrid on Sept. 27 at Signal Iduna Park.
“We played with a lot of belief and a lot of courage, but we also produced an energetic performance,” said Tuchel. “I am delighted that we had such a presence about us and that we were able to pick up such a result. Overall, we started in a focused and dominant manner with a high tempo. In the first half an hour we put in a very good performance.
“We’ve stolen a march, we probably won’t lose our head-to-head with Legia now. Against Real we want to keep up the good work. It terms of atmosphere, it will certainly be a special game. It is a great honour to stand on the sideline.”
Dortmund also have five matches in 14 days, but their first three matches of this stretch should see them take nine points out of nine, although SC Freiburg are no slouches. Their next match is on Sept. 17 against SV Darmstadt, and while we have called for the Lilies to bloom in a 1-0 scalp of Dortmund, don’t be surprised if BVB’s rout of Legia sparks a quick return to form in Bundesliga competition.