No Fans...no problem!
The Bundesliga season got underway yesterday and resumed pretty much as the last one finished...with no one capable of getting close to Bayern Munich. The defending champions, seeking a ninth consecutive title, humiliated visiting FC Schalke 04 8-0. In as one sided a game as you will ever see, Bayern started off strongly, scoring in the 4th minute, and never let up. They were 3-0 up after half an hour, Serge Gnabry completed his hat trick on the hour to make it 5-0 and new arrival Leroy Sane opened his account for the club to make it 7-0. By this stage Schalke were barely clinging on and there was a feeling that the 12-0 record score in Bundesliga history (Mönchengladbach v Dortmund in 1977-78) could be under threat. In the end the rout was completed by 17 year old Jamal Musiala, making only his second appearance for the club, who scored in the eighth goal in the 81st minute. Mercifully for the Königsblaue there were no further changes to the score line. Without the departed Thiago and Perisic, Bayern didnt miss a beat and were rampant. Schalke looked completely lost, which cannot be put down solely to the departure of Weston McKinnie. The pressure now will ramp up on coach David Wagner, even though the club committed to him in the off season. Needless to say there was much commentary on social media about the score, with even Hamburg’s official twitter feed proclaiming sympathy for the team from the Ruhr. Comedian Tommy Schmitt commented at 3-0 “One of the Bayern players has just asked ‘Do you want to mix up the teams? Or put the score back to 0-0? Maybe you should just have one of our players?’“ In a way these just show how far Schalke have sunk... As an aside the great and the good of Bayern Munich (including Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Oliver Kahn and Uli Hoenesss,) could potentially be in trouble today as they were seen sitting in the directors box without masks and with no social distancing measures whatsoever. The DFL, which has worked very hard to get fans back into stadiums a the start of the season, is said to be less than pleased and is considering punishing the champions.