Bayern Munich beat Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen in shortened games on Saturday to win the 2017 Telekom Cup. It’s the fourth time Bayern have won the trophy in it’s nine year history, including the second time this year alone.
The mini-tournament gave Bayern the opportunity to introduce new boys Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez, and the two players didn’t disappoint the fans. Tolisso got the start in the opener, while Rodriguez started the second match.
The fans at Borussia Park didn’t have to wait very long for Bayern to score their opening goal against Hoffenheim. Robert Lewandowski scored what will surely be one of his best goals of the season with a scissor kick just a few minutes into the game. While Bayern were unable to find any more goals in the rest of the 45 minutes, they peppered the Hoffenheim goal.
Still, they picked up the win and moved onto the final to face Werder Bremen.
Carlo Ancelotti made some changes for the second game bringing in youngster Christian Früchtl, Franck Evina, and Milos Pantovic. (One day, we’ll discuss how I’m giving Evina the nickname “Franck the Tank”. He’s a big kid.)
Thomas Müller wore the captain’s armband and scored a captain-worthy goal to open the scoring twelve minutes into the game. Shortly after the half hour mark, Juan Bernat made it 2-0 with a pretty one-two pass with Müller. Minutes later, Evina earned a penalty, but Müller’s spotkick was saved.
Ancelotti needs to spend the rest of the preseason determining who the penalty taker will be.
With bulk of preseason in Munich completed now, Bayern will hop on a plane on July 16 to fly to China for the 2017 Audi Summer Tour.
Final 2017 Telekom Cup Standings
1. Bayern Munich
2. Werder Bremen
4. Borussia Monchengladbach