Werder Bremen vs. Bayern Munich: 6 Things We Learned

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Werder Bremen vs. Bayern Munich: 6 Things We Learned
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It was another day at the office for Bayern Munich as they travelled to yet another side in Werder Bremen that would have posed as a difficult away trip two or three seasons ago, yet now offers no more than a pleasant city escape for the conquering champions and their hoard of fans. 

Pep Guardiola made a few changes to the starting line-up ahead of next week's Champions League tie against Manchester City, with Dante and Javi Martinez taking their place on the bench, while Franck Ribery, Thiago Alcantara and Mario Mandzukic returned to the first team. 

Unsurprisingly, it was these three players that seemed to have the spring in their step as Bayern got to their task of battering Bremen's goal-mouth relatively early on.

In fact, it took only 21 minutes for the goalscoring to start, when Ribery dragged the ball past Clemens Fritz on the right-hand side of Bremen's defence, and smashed a low cross in to the box to which Assani Lukimya unfortunately toed in to his keeper's own net. 

Six minutes later, Daniel Van Buyten rose above all else to knock in a Toni Kroos cross and put Bayern two goals to the good. Then five minutes from half-time, a wonderfully executed counter-attack through Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and then Franck Ribery, made it three. Half-time then came for Bremen, and not a moment too soon. 

"When something like today happens, you can be sure that everyone at Bayern is very happy" - Franck Ribery

Unfortunately, the second half was no kinder for the home side and Bayern continued to knoch up the goals against a struggling side that had managed to ship at least three goals in their last three games. 

This time it was seven, with second-half goals coming from Ribery, Mandzukic, Muller and Mario Gotze to compound a defeat that will undoubtedly push the troubled club beyond breaking point. 

For Bayern, this game went according to plan with a resounding win, key players getting a reasonable outing and all three points. Next, Manchester City pose a tricky final game in the Champions League group stages for Pep and his men.

But after today's match they'll undoubtedly go in to such a tie with more than enough confidence. 

Here's what we took from today's game.


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