Beginning the title defense of a tournament can be a tricky affair, as you want to put for best foot forward. For Bayern Munich, they began their defense of the Champions League crown they won last season as they looked like the dominant team they were in the competition last season with an easy 3-0 over CSKA Moscow in their first Group D game at home.
CSKA Moscow is a type of team that can make things complicated for a team like Bayern Munich on any given European night as they are a good, solid team with quality players. Therefore, a quick start to calm the nerves and settle into the game was the ideal and optimal scenario for the team now coached by Pep Guardiola. Sure enough for Bayern, they got the desired early-goal four minutes in as David Alaba would score from a free kick from 25 yards out.
There in after, Bayern were able to settle in and play their style of play as they controlled ball possession for 66% of the game and were able to play their tiki-taka style of attacking play without much hassle from CSKA Moscow. With Mario Mandzukic adding the second close to halftime as he headed in a goal off a Arjen Robben cross on a free kick and with that, any thought of CSKA Moscow someone finding it’s way back into the game went out the window.
Arjen Robben would finish off the scoring midway into the second half and seal what was an easy win for Bayern Munich who join Manchester City atop of Group D as they also defeated Viktoria Plzen of the Czech Republic 3-0. For Bayern Munich, they should have no issue finishing as one of the top two teams in this group as they will clearly be battling Manchester City for finishing atop of the group and they will face each other in Match Day 2 in two weeks.
One of the biggest questions entering their first Champions League game against CSKA Moscow, one of the questions facing Bayern Munich has been how will their defense hold up if they are pressed. In the game against CSKA Moscow, Bayern Munich showed no defensive issues as aside from a few long-range shots that hardly troubled goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, they were hardly challenged. Against Manchester City, expect them to get a bigger challenge but at least at the start, everything looked good for Bayern Munich.