The… permanent Bundesliga champions started the new campaign with a 3-1 win at home over Bayer Leveskusen, but the three goals and the win were not enough to totally overshadow Bayern’s less than stellar defending.
It was a tough game. We scored early and then we did not defend well. We left too much space between the lines. This can happen in this phase. We have to improve. To keep a clean sheet, we must be more compact
Carlo Ancelotti told reporters after the game, underlying that it’s still very early in the season, and issues like this can be ironed out in practice, working on them.
We need to improve more in defence, but I’m not worried. We will continue to get better
the Bayern coach said. As for the substitutions he made, taking out Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller, he had explanations for both.
Hummels had problems with his stomach. The substitution of Muller was a tactical decision. We wanted to change the system
Ancelotti explained. Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso both scored in the first 20 minutes of the match, on their Bundesliga debut wearing Bayern’s jersey. Robert Lewandowski made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in the second half, before Admir Mehmedi ‘spoiled’ it a bit for the hosts, by beating Sven Ulreich, injured Manuel Neuer’s replacement, late in the game.