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‘Feels normal’ as Bayern rout Frankfurt 6-1 in Bundesliga opener

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Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann said he didn’t mind if it started to feel “normal” for his team to win the title after a 6-1 thrashing of a stunned Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 away at Deutsche Bank Park on Friday.

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Munich started their fight for their 11th consecutive Bundesliga title with the best possible start, with teenage striker Jamal Musiala scoring two goals as Bayern thrashed the reigning Europa League champions.

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Asked after the match if Munich felt that winning the Bundesliga had become “normal”, Nagelsmann unsurprisingly replied that he was happy with the status quo.

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“When you win ten times in a row, yes, it starts to feel normal,” he told DAZN.

“But I don’t care if it’s normal or not, but yes, it can remain ‘normal’.

“The first half was outstanding. I don’t think it will always be like this, but we should be happy.”

Former Liverpool striker Sadio Mane scored on his league debut when he headed past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp in the 28th minute.

The Senegalese was one of five different goalscorers for Munich, which allayed fears that Bayern could find themselves toothless ahead after Robert Lewandowski’s summer departure to Barcelona.

Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Musiala (two) and Serge Gnabry were also included in the Bavaria standings.

Kimmich opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a free-kick when his shot rebounded off the post past a dazed Trapp, whose vision may have been blurred by the thick fog caused by the pyrotechnics of his own fans.

Kimmich praised the variety of his team’s new attack.

“Four ahead, they were having fun,” he said.

– ‘Absolute Defeat’ –

French defender Pavard scored just five minutes later, throwing the ball over his body in a move reminiscent of his goal against Argentina in the 2018 World Cup.

Despite the initial onslaught, the next stages belonged to the home team, who had two clear chances to play one.

Tuta’s header hit the crossbar a minute after Pavard’s goal, and in the 27th minute, midfielder Jesper Lindström outflanked several Munich defenders to beat goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but shot wide of the left post.

Munich immediately regained the initiative, and Mane passed Trapp, scoring Bayern’s third goal and depriving the Frankfurt sails.

The teenager Musiala continued his impressive pre-season form, which saw him named Man of the Match in Bayern’s 5-3 Super Cup win over Leipzig with a Thomas Müller cross from close range.

Having just signed a new contract that will keep him in Munich until at least 2026, Gnabry tickled the ball under keeper Trapp in the 43rd minute to give Bayern a 5-0 lead at half-time.

In an effort to give his team some defensive stability, Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner made three substitutions at half-time, including recalling captain Sebastian Rode.

Glasner may also have followed Frankfurt’s UEFA Super Cup game against Real Madrid in the middle of the week.

Glasner praised his team’s efforts but said they had no answer for the Bavarians.

“All the time the guys tried their best, but Bayern played only two goals for us. We didn’t have a chance today,” the coach said.

Rode summed up the performance of his team.

“The first half was an absolute fiasco.”

Frankfurt striker Randal Colo Muani, another of those substituted at half-time, bounced back in the 64th minute with a goal on his Eagles debut.

A French under-21 international sent the ball into the empty net after Neuer lost control after flying too far out of the Munich area.

Musiala scored his second goal in the 83rd minute, putting the ball under Trapp from close range after batting off several exhausted Frankfurt defenders.

At one point, it looked like Bayern were on track to surpass their own record for best first-round match result set in 2020 when they beat Schalke 8-0 in a season when The Royal Blues were eventually relegated.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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