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Bayern Munich begin title defence in style as Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea continue perfect start in England

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Bayern Munich begin title defence in style as Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea continue perfect start in England


They may have a new coach on the bench but it’s definitely business as usual for Bayern Munich.

The Bavarian giants and new coach Carlo Ancelotti made a flying start to their Bundesliga title defence and Xabi Alonso’s stunning ninth-minute volley set the tone for a miserable day for Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena.

Four minutes later Robert Lewandowski hit the first goal of his hat-trick. The Poland international making the most of a fine through ball from Franck Ribery.

One minute after the restart Lewandowski effectively put the game to bed with his second goal of the encounter.

The Bayern floodgates continued to open and Captain Philipp Lahm made it 4-0.

He struck following a defence-splitting one-two with Thomas Mueller, who had three assists in the game.

France international Ribery was rewarded for an excellent performance throughout when he added his name to the scoresheet on 73 minutes.

After Thiago was fouled in the box four minutes later Lewandowski stepped up to the spot and coolly complete his hat-trick and seal a 6-0 victory for the four-time reigning champions.

The Three Lions

In England, Manchester City wrapped up matchday three in the Premier League with a convincing 3-1 over West Ham on Sunday.

After victories over Sunderland and Stoke, City and new coach Pep Guardiola maintained their 100 per cent start to this season thanks to a brace from Raheem Sterling and a powerful Fernandinho header.

Although West Ham pulled a goal back in the second half through Michail Antonio the Hammers could not cope with a slick City side.

Manchester United, under the guidance of new coach Jose Mourinho, have also continued their winning start to the campaign.

The Red Devils enjoyed a laboured but deserved 1-0 victory over a stubborn Hull side – coached temporarily by former United’s assistant boss Mike Phelan.

18-year old Marcus Rashford came on as a late second half sub for his first appearance this term and steered home Wayne Rooney’s cross from close range to snatch an injury-time winner.

Chelsea, meanwhile, breezed through their third outing of the domestic season.

Antonio Conte’s ‘Blues’ celebrated a comfortable 3-0 win over newly-promoted Burnley.

After an indifferent 2014/2015 season, Eden Hazard looked back to his very best throughout this game and hit the opener.

Willian added a second just before the break while Victor Moses wrapped up the win late on.

Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea all have a perfect nine points so far while Everton are alone in fourth place on seven, as the domestic leagues now take a small break for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

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