Bayern beat 'Gladbach 3-1 in Bundesliga opener
BERLIN (AP) - Defending champion Bayern Munich kicked off the new German season with a 3-1 win over visiting Borussia Moenchengladbach in Pep Guardiola's first Bundesliga game on Friday.
Arjen Robben opened the scoring with a deft flick from Franck Ribery's sublime pass in the 12th minute, Mario Mandzukic pounced to make it 2-0 four minutes later, and David Alaba sealed the result with a penalty in the 69th, after Dante's own goal had given his former teammates some hope in the 40th.
Despite the good start, Guardiola was unimpressed with his team after the break.
"In the second half, we had no control. It was counterattack, counterattack, counterattack," Guardiola said. "We need a bit of calm. Important players like Basti (Schweinsteiger) and Javi Martinez need to train more. They haven't trained much in the last two weeks."