Bayern Munich eased to victory in their annual "dream game" against Fanclub Red Power on Sunday, winning 5-0 in the club's final exhibition of the summer.
Bayern II players Julian Green, Patrick Weihrauch, and Gianluca Gaudino all got on the scoresheet. Sebastian Rode capped off the affair with a late goal, his first of the summer.
Pep Guardiola fielded many players who did not get action in Saturday's 3-0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen: Jérôme Boateng, Joshua Kimmich, Rafinha, Rode, and Sven Ulreich. Juan Bernat was the only starter from Sunday who received a shift in the team. Guardiola used nine reserve players in the match.
Green opened the scoring by exploding into the penalty area before slotting it past the Red Power goalkeeper. Bayern's interplay was top-notch in the first half, and Patrick Weihrauch capitalized twice on clinical runs into the penalty area.
Bayern maintained their good form even with the wholesale changes at halftime. Gianluca Gaudino capitalized on a Red Power mistake early in the second half. Joshua Kimmich nearly added one of his own, clanking a sharp free kick off of the right post. Rode tapped one in from close range to finish off the match.
Bayern II postponed their match against SpVgg Unterhaching to play this friendly, so they will get back to their Regionalliga campaign on Friday against Memmingen. Their inactivity dropped them to third place behind Wacker Burghausen, but luckily the club they are chasing, Jahn Regensburg, finally dropped points after winning their first seven matches.
The rest of the Bayern first team will be on international duty over the next two weeks before returning to Bundesliga action against Augsburg.
Fanclub Red Power (0-5) Bayern Munich
FCB: Julian Green (10'), Patrick Weihrauch (32', 38'), Gianluca Gaudino (49'), Sebastian Rode (88')
Bayern XI: Ulreich – Rafinha (Feldbahn 56'), Boateng (Pohl 46'), Bernat (Steinhart 46') – Gaudino, Kimmich – S. Ribéry, Rode, Kurt (Scholl 46') – Weihrauch (Lappe 46'), Green
- Though it was "only a friendly", Kimmich once again showed why he needs to start getting playing time. His orchestration in midfield was like a young Mozart, threading and popping passes all over the field. With a thin defense, the match against Leverkusen was not the right match for him to play. However, once the defense regains its fitness, he needs to start getting repetitions as Bayern's single-pivot midfielder.
- Patrick Weihrauch made some impressive runs in the final third, and his teammates rewarded him with scoring opportunities. He is a player who has struggled in the men's division, and it is good to see his scoring rounding in to form. That said, he appears to be thriving on the players around him, making his goalscoring record a tad dubious. Continuing his current form could open an opportunity elsewhere, but he does not look like a Bayern player.
- The most encouraging thing to see from the second half was the level at which the Bayern II players are interplaying with each other. Gaudino and Lukas Scholl were of the same mind, working together well to build up the attack. Bayern's decision to send Gaudino, Green, and Sinan Kurt down to the reserves received a lot of scoff, but the end result of that move could be Bayern II's promotion.