Bayern clinically beat Bremen

Posted by Susie Schaaf

Bayern Munich made a meal out of hosts Werder Bremen, clinically winning 7-0 against the home side. A Franck Ribery brace -- plus goals by Daniel van Buyten, Mario Mandzkic, Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze -- saw the away team utterly dominate in devastating fashion.

- Report: Werder Bremen 0-7 Bayern Munich

Munich are now on 40 Bundesliga matches without a loss; 26 of them away, equalling another Bayern record (1985-87). And trainer Pep Guardiola keeps the engine running, currently 15 league games into his first season without defeat.

With Arjen Robben out, thankfully Ribery was back in action after having sustained a cracked rib while Javi Martinez and Dante got a rest on the bench. Enjoying his role as makeshift captain, once again, Manuel Neuer would only have to save twice to keep a clean sheet.

Werder coach Robin Dutt went against the grain -- coming out offensively against Bayern -- where most teams would park the bus against the treble-winning side. But tactically it wouldn't work for Dutt: Just three minutes in, Mandzukic had a goal discounted by referee Marco Fritz for offisides.

It would only get worse for Die Gruen-Weissen, however, as Ribery got down the left flank nicely, his cut-back coming off Assani Lukimya past Bremen keeper Raphael Wolf as the Bavarian's opener.

Former Bayern product Nils Petersen was unable to deal with the towering height of van Buyten and his headed effort was Munich's second from a Toni Kroos free kick, all coming after Aaron Hunt had forced a block out of Jerome Boateng. Hunt would then fire a free-kick just over the crossbar in trying to get back one for the home team only to see Mandzukic combine with Mueller for Bayern's third, resulting in a simple finish past Wolf for Ribery.

Neuer would deny Hunt again as the half closed out before Petersen skied a shot to open the second. Franco Di Santo saw yellow for a Kroos foul before Mandzukic scored from a pin-point Ribery pass.

Boateng came off for Dante prior to a chance for Goetze who had acres of space to pass to Mueller for a simple near-post finish, with the home side looking hopelessly out-classed. Jan Kirchhoff came on for Kroos, and former Werder man Claudio Pizarro spelled Thiago Alcantara, before Bayern scored their sixth: A cheeky Pizarro back-heel released David Alaba to slot in to Ribery.

The party was on for FCB as both Mueller and Ribery looked to add to their totals, but it was Goetze who would score the last of seven at the Weserstadion.

The match, for me at least, harkened back to last season where Bayern played a more direct sort of football: Seventeen shots, ten on goal, seven goals scored. It was a much more Heynckes-esque performance than we're used to seeing from this re-tooled Guardiola side.

It was a clinic against Bremen, for sure, but perhaps also a look ahead at Manchester City, too. It doesn't look like Guardiola wants to rest anyone in mid-week's final Champions League group stage match, as Bayern needs a point to secure first place.

I wouldn't mind coming in second, mind you, as nobody currently wants to face Bayern Munich -- depleted squad and all.


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