Bayern Munich began their quest for an 11th successive Bundesliga title in the best way possible, beating an overwhelmed Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 at Deutsche Bank Park on Friday.
Former Liverpool striker Sadio Mane scored on his league debut by beating goalkeeper Kevin Trapp with a header in the 28th minute.
The Senegalese was one of five goalscorers for Munich, allaying fears that Bayern would be left without an attack after Robert Lewandowski left for Barcelona in the summer.
Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Jamal Musiala (two) and Serge Gnabry also scored for the Bavarians.
Asked after the game if Munich’s Bundesliga win was starting to look like ‘normal’, Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann unsurprisingly replied that he was happy with the status quo.
“When you win 10 times in a row, yeah, it starts to seem normal,” he told broadcaster DAZN. “But I don’t really care if it feels normal or not – but yes, it can still be ‘normal’.
“The first half was remarkable. I don’t think it will always be like this, but we should be satisfied. »
Kimmich opened the scoring in the fifth minute from a free-kick, his shot bouncing off the post past a stunned Trapp, whose vision may have been obscured by thick fog caused by pyrotechnics from his own supporters.
France defender Pavard scored just five minutes later, volleying a loose ball across his body in a manner reminiscent of his tournament goal against Argentina at the 2018 World Cup.
Despite the initial onslaught, the next steps belonged to the home side, who had two clear chances to come back.
A header from Tuta hit the crossbar a minute after Pavard’s goal, while in the 27th minute midfielder Jesper Lindstrom dribbled past several Munich defenders and beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but his shot went just wide of the left post.
Munich immediately regained the initiative, with Mane heading past Trapp to score Bayern’s third goal and pull the rug out from under Frankfurt’s feet.
Teenager Musiala continued his impressive pre-season form that earned him Man of the Match in Bayern’s 5-3 Super Cup win over Leipzig, catching a Thomas Müller cross from close range .
After signing a new contract that will see him stay in Munich until at least 2026, Gnabry slipped the ball under goalkeeper Trapp in the 43rd minute to give Bayern a 5-0 halftime lead.
Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner made three changes at half-time, looking to bring some defensive stability to the Europa League champions’ full-back, as well as save face ahead of their game of the Uefa Super Cup against Real Madrid on Wednesday.
Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani, one of the half-time substitutes, managed to reduce the score in the 64th minute, scoring for the Eagles for the first time.
The France Under-21 international slid the ball into an empty goal after Neuer lost control as he moved too far from the Munich penalty area.
Musiala scored his second goal in the 83rd minute, slotting the ball under Trapp from close range after fending off several exhausted Frankfurt defenders.
At one point, it looked like Bayern were on course to eclipse their own record for best performance in a first-round game, set in 2020 when they beat Schalke 8-0 in a season where the Royal Blues lost. were eventually relegated.
Glasner praised his team’s efforts but said they had no answer for the Bavarians.
“All the time the boys tried everything, but Bayern were just too strong for us. Today we didn’t have a chance,” the coach said.