Leroy Sane could make his return from injury when Bayern Munich face Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend, Hansi Flick has confirmed.

Germany winger Sane has made just three appearances for Bayern since arriving from Manchester City in July in a deal potentially worth €60million.

The 24-year-old has been sidelined since being forced off in the second half of the 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim on September 27 having suffered a right knee injury.

While Sane returned to team training on Thursday and is available for selection, Serge Gnabry will sit out Saturday's game at the Allianz Arena following his positive coronavirus test.

"Everyone is fit. Leroy Sane is in the squad. We are on the right track," said Flick on Friday.

"We're not planning to start him; we have to go step by step. We have to wait for the game, but he is an option. We are happy about it.

"Serge Gnabry will be out at the weekend. We have to wait and see [when he can return]. We are focused on Frankfurt with the players who are available to us."

Flick will be forced into a change in midfield with Corentin Tolisso suspended due to his red card in last weekend's 4-1 victory over Arminia Bielefeld.

In four Bundesliga appearances this season, Tolisso has already had as many shots on target (three) as he managed in 13 league outings last term. The France international is also averaging four more duels (up to 13 from nine) and duels won (up to eight from four) per 90 minutes than he did in 2019-20.

"You can feel that he's enjoying his football," said Flick. "Last season, he had problems with injuries and then didn't play too much.

"We sat down at the end of last season and talked. How he's playing now is how he played for Lyon. A weight has fallen off his shoulders; he's enjoying football.

"I'm glad he scored the goal; it gives him confidence. He has quality and good results shooting from long distance, but also in the box. He's also very strong."

Frankfurt are unbeaten in their past eight Bundesliga games, avoiding defeat in their opening four matches in a season for the first time since 2012-13.

However, Adi Hutter's side have lost each of their past 12 competitive away matches against Bayern, conceding 40 goals and scoring just seven.

Hansi Flick has given no thought to the prospect of coaching Germany as well as Bayern Munich, insisting he is focusing only on the present.

Germany boss Joachim Low has come in for criticism in recent times as Die Mannschaft have continued to struggle for consistent results.

Low's men claimed their first win since last November's Euro 2020 qualifiers when they beat Ukraine 2-1 in the Nations League on Saturday.

However, that result was sandwiched by 3-3 draws in a friendly with Turkey and a Nations League game against Switzerland.

Low has come under increasing scrutiny but Flick, his assistant during Germany's triumphant 2014 World Cup campaign, has been quick to spring to his defence.

When asked about the possibility of coaching both Germany and Bayern at a media conference, Flick replied: "Are you serious? Doing national coach a bit on the side?

"I live in the here and now. I have a lot of fun preparing the team for the tasks ahead. Everything else is the future. I look at myself.

"Jogi Low did an excellent job. We all in the Bundesliga have to help train top players. We have enough work to do and have to support the national coach."

Bayern face Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday as their squad deal with a packed schedule. Flick's men beat Duren 3-0 in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on Thursday.

Flick added that he "assumes everyone is ready", with a host of players returning to training following international duty.

The defending champions are fourth in the Bundesliga with six points from three games, a point behind RB Leipzig, Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Hansi Flick believes Joachim Low does not deserve to be criticised despite Germany's shaky form and pointed to the lack of a natural centre-forward in the team.

Bayern Munich coach Flick previously served as Low's assistant for their 2014 World Cup win and then moved into the role of DFB sporting director.

He is therefore well placed to assess the national team, who have drawn four of their five matches in 2020, edging Ukraine in their other fixture.

Low - coach since 2006 - is under pressure as a result, but he has Flick's backing.

"Overall, I think the criticism is too harsh," Flick said ahead of Bayern's DFB-Pokal clash with Duren. "The work Jogi Low is doing is sensational.

"He is a great coach. That's why we should remain objective and try to do things together."

Despite Germany scoring three times against both Turkey and Switzerland but failing to win, Flick believes Low is clearly short in the striking department.

Miroslav Klose, Germany's record goalscorer and the World Cup's all-time leading marksman, is now Flick's assistant.

"This was already a big topic when I was sporting director and it still is a big topic: there is no real central striker in Germany," Flick said.

"Up front we have Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner, but they are far away from being a classic central striker.

"I have an amazing striker in my staff, Miro Klose. If he trains a few weeks, he should be fit to play. But I would prefer to keep him, I need him."

Hansi Flick conceded Bayern Munich are "lacking a few per cent" after being bailed out by four-goal hero Robert Lewandowski in their dramatic 4-3 Bundesliga win over Hertha Berlin.

Bundesliga champions Bayern's 32-game unbeaten streak was ended in a shock 4-1 loss to Hoffenheim last week and they nearly dropped two more points on Sunday.

Lewandowski scored either side of half-time to give Bayern a commanding lead, only for Jhon Cordoba and Matheus Cunha to level up for Hertha in an action-packed contest.

Prolific striker Lewandowski completed his hat-trick with five minutes remaining but Jessic Ngankam equalised for the stubborn visitors.

Just when it looked as though Bayern were going to slip up for a second league game running, Lewandowski converted a penalty he won himself three minutes into injury time.

Bayern thrashed Schalke 8-0 in their opening match and have also overcome Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup, but head coach Flick accepted there is room for improvement.

"We must take the overall situation into account. It isn't so easy for the players - not all of them are at 100 per cent," he told reporters. 

"We know we can work better in defence, act as a unit and put our opponents under pressure. We're just lacking a few per cent at the moment. 

"But I'm pleased with the team's mentality - we're at 100 per cent in that regard. We have the absolute desire to win. 

"Now it's about showing the beautiful football everybody loves after the international break. We can perform well despite the tiredness."

Lewandowski's four goals came from 13 shots – the most a player has attempted in a Bundesliga match since Edin Dzeko for Wolfsburg against Freiburg in December 2009.

In the week he was named UEFA's Men's Player of the Year for 2019-20, Flick heaped further praise on the Poland international for his latest match-winning display.

"He converted four chances. Robert is an absolute goal-getter," Flick said. "It's important to me that he also adds the other elements, setting up goals and working defensively. 

"He does so, which is why I'm very pleased with him. He has special qualities. But the way we played wasn't like Bayern, we know that."

Bayern are up to fourth in the embryonic table, a point behind early pacesetters RB Leipzig, and Thomas Muller acknowledged the importance of his side's late win over Hertha.

"Of course we're glad we've kept three crucial points," the Bayern forward said. "Many neutrals will definitely be annoyed at our late winner. 

"It was enormously important for us to stay on the ball after these intense last few days. 

"We can't be happy with our work at the back of course, which goes for the whole team. We must keep going when we're two goals up. 

"We want to do the things for which FC Bayern are admired. We did a few things well today but we must restore this aplomb when we're in the lead."

Bayern Munich added a major double to their famous treble as striker Robert Lewandowski and head coach Hansi Flick were honoured with UEFA's top individual awards on Thursday. 

Lewandowski scored 55 goals last season, including 15 in the Champions League, and he collected the UEFA Men's Player of the Year prize, while Flick was presented with the Men's Coach of the Year honour. 

Last season saw Bayern sweep the board with their Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League triumphs to seal a stunning treble. 

Former Germany assistant boss Flick took charge at Bayern in November after the team experienced a slow start to the season under predecessor Niko Kovac, and their results began to dramatically improve. 

The German giants have already scooped UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup victories in the early weeks of the new season, meaning they hold five significant trophies. 

Lewandowski, who fended off competition from fellow nominees Manuel Neuer and Kevin De Bruyne, said of his award: "I have to say it's an amazing feeling. 

"If you work so hard and you get this trophy it's something special."

The 32-year-old Poland international added: "I have to say thank you to my team-mates, my coaches and all the staff because they work very hard to prepare me, and also to my family because they support me a lot and that, for me, is very important. 

"When I was young, I always dreamed of playing in the big stadiums, at the big clubs in the world, and now I'm on this stage I have to say the dream has come true. I'm very proud, I'm very grateful and I'm very happy." 

The individual accolades are a welcome complement to the team successes, and they are flooding in at Bayern. 

Lewandowski won Germany's Footballer of the Year award in August after his remarkable campaign, with Flick named as the top coach in the country. 

Now they have fresh recognition from European football's governing body, the organisers of the Champions League, and it was a Bayern love-in at the UEFA ceremony. 

Neuer received the Goalkeeper of the Year trophy, the versatile Joshua Kimmich picked up the Defender of the Year honour and Lewandowski went home with the Striker of the Year prize alongside his main award. 

It was not quite a clean sweep by the Bavarians, however, with Manchester City's De Bruyne taking the Midfielder of the Year accolade. 

In the awards recognising achievement in the women's game, Lyon's Champions League-winning coach Jean-Luc Vasseur and former Wolfsburg forward Pernille Harder, who recently joined Chelsea, claimed the top honours. 

Hansi Flick admitted Bayern Munich made life difficult for themselves in the DFL-Supercup win over Borussia Dortmund that completed a quintuple of trophy triumphs.

It took a late Joshua Kimmich goal to give Bayern a 3-2 victory at Allianz Arena as last season's Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal winners landed more silverware.

Bayern had claimed a double already this term after clinching the UEFA Super Cup, so Bayern now can point to owning five current titles.

But what at one stage looked like being a routine win turned into a testing contest for Germany's all-conquering side on Wednesday.

Dortmund were in trouble when Bayern surged 2-0 up in 32 minutes through goals from Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller, but Julian Brandt and Erling Haaland struck to bring the teams level heading into the final half-hour.

Kimmich pinched an 82nd-minute winner after robbing Thomas Delaney of possession and exchanging passes with Robert Lewandowski, finding the net at the second attempt with a desperate flick at the ball after his initial shot was blocked.

"We wanted to win the game, but it was really not so easy. We deserved to lead 2-0 and then made life difficult for ourselves," head coach Flick said.

"However, what counts for me is that we won the game and everything else is something that we'll want to do better on Sunday.

"Joshua Kimmich has a very special mentality, enormous qualities. That's why he's on a really good path to being one of those players who shape this club."

Bayern's Sunday assignment in the Bundesliga is a home game against Hertha Berlin.

Kimmich was relieved to get his hands on another trophy, after Dortmund threatened to take the win.

It took a fine save from Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to deny Haaland a goal that would have put Lucien Favre's Dortmund side 3-2 ahead.

"In the end we have the trophy. That feels good," Kimmich said, quoted on Bayern's website. "We fought for the cup, even if it wasn't our best game."

Like his boss and the match-winner, Neuer recognised Bayern were not at their most impressive.

Neuer said: "You know that you're playing against a strong team, so something can always happen and we saw that today. It was our fault that we let Dortmund back into the game."

"You can't always assume you're going to score three goals, but at the end Joshua Kimmich did well," captain Neuer added.

There was regret in the Dortmund camp over the chance of a trophy gone begging.

Goalscorer Brandt said: "I think we let in two annoying goals in the first half. Unfortunately, we didn't do well there. We then got the next goal and we then had chances that we couldn't take."

Xabi Alonso has the qualities required to succeed as a head coach in the modern game and could be a future possibility for Bayern Munich, says CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Spain World Cup winner Alonso spent three seasons at Allianz Arena between 2014 and 2017 before the cultured midfielder called time on his distinguished playing career.

Alonso won three Bundesliga titles, a DFB-Pokal and the DFL-Supercup during his time at Bayern and is now in charge of the B team at Real Sociedad, the club with whom he rose through the youth ranks and started in the professional game.

Rummenigge remains in contact with Alonso and foresees a time when the Spaniard is back at Bayern, this time in the dugout.

"He will be a coach who may be of interest to FC Bayern at some point in the future. I can imagine that," Rummenigge told the BILD podcast 'Phrasenmaher'.

"We are still friends today, he reports regularly.

"Xabi Alonso has this empathy that you need. Especially with today's generation of players to spin such a common thread with them."

Rummenigge hopes such a scenario does not occur too soon, though, given the success enjoyed under Hansi Flick.

Former Germany assistant Flick led Bayern to a Bundesliga, Pokal and Champions League treble last term and Rummenigge is confident of a long association between club and coach.

"I hope he stays [a] long, long, long [time]. This is a coach who for the first time I trust will stay long," he added.

"Three to five years, that would be an extraordinary period."

Among the other topics discussed were who Rummenigge felt were the most important transfers of his tenure in the boardroom.

Unsurprisingly, Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and superstar striker Robert Lewandowski were highlighted as such transfers.

"Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski were the most important transfers," he said.

Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane has been ruled out of the DFL-Supercup match against Borussia Dortmund with a knee injury.

Sane sustained the problem in Sunday's shock 4-1 away defeat to Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

He will subsequently be missing for Wednesday's Klassiker contest with Dortmund, while David Alaba is a doubt and will be checked closer to kick-off due to a muscular injury.

Sane, who scored on his debut for the club against Schalke this month after signing from Manchester City, will also be out for Bayern's weekend league meeting with Hertha Berlin, their last game before the international break.

"David has muscular problems, so we have to wait and see how that develops," explained head coach Hansi Flick at his pre-match news conference.

"But Leroy is out - he has a capsule injury in his right knee and hopefully he will be back after the international break."

Dortmund beat Bayern 2-0 in the 2019 Supercup, with Flick's men, who had won it in the previous three years, at home for this meeting as they look to bounce back from the Hoffenheim loss.

"Dortmund have a fantastic, young side and they also have experience in their ranks," said Flick.

"They play attractive, offensive football, which I like. This will be a test against one of Germany's best. This game will help to develop us.

"My team's mentality is absolutely outstanding. Maybe one or two of them are slightly tired, but they always give 100 per cent on the pitch.

"That was also the case in Hoffenheim, but unfortunately, we didn't do some things that well that day."

With Sane injured, Champions League final hero Kingsley Coman is in contention to join Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller in support of striker Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick applauded his Hoffenheim counterpart Sebastian Hoeness for masterminding the Bundesliga champions' first defeat since December.

Flick's side came into Sunday's clash in Sinsheim on the back of a 2-1 extra-time win over Sevilla in the European Super Cup, perhaps explaining why Robert Lewandowski was rested and Joshua Zirkzee started.

Even if the talismanic Poland striker had started, it is difficult to imagine even him having the influence to halt a Hoffenheim side that played with great intensity and craft in attack as they secured a stunning 4-1 victory.

Hoffenheim were 2-1 up at half-time as Joshua Kimmich got Bayern back into the contest after goals from Ermin Bicakcic and Munas Dabbur had the hosts 2-0 to the good.

The excellent Andrej Kramaric put the game beyond the European champions with a brace in the final 13 minutes, ending a 32-match unbeaten run.

Bayern fans might have put their struggles down to the fact they played for 120 minutes less than 72 hours earlier, but Flick would not as he saluted the work of Hoeness, once a youth coach at the club where his uncle Uli Hoeness played and reigned as president.

"There were many reasons for the defeat, but in terms of their willingness and desire, I can't blame the team at all," Flick told Sky. "The mentality after the 120 minutes on Thursday was great.

"We gave our opponents too many chances and we weren't as effective on the offensive side as we normally are.

"Big compliments to Hoffenheim. The team showed a very strong performance, and also a compliment to Sebastian Hoeness himself – his team was very well adjusted.

"They closed our spaces very well, we didn't have a lot of opportunities to play our offensive game in the way we normally can.

"I don't blame fatigue for defeat. We just haven't been able to play our way, with the dynamism with which we normally can."

Bayern Munich's 32-match unbeaten run came to an abrupt end on Sunday, with Hoffenheim remarkably emerging 4-1 winners. 

The Bundesliga champions, in their defence, came into this match having played 120 minutes against Sevilla in the Super Cup on Thursday. 

Hansi Flick rested some of his players, with Robert Lewandowski among those starting on the bench, though it was still a strong XI. 

Hoffenheim were the more threatening for much of the game and went into the break 2-1 up – Ermin Bicakcic and Munas Dabbur opening up a 2-0 lead before a lovely Joshua Kimmich strike saw Bayern pull one back. 

Despite the visitors' control of possession, they failed to restore parity and a late brace from the in-form Andrej Kramaric consigned Bayern's unbeaten run to history. 

Below, we have taken a look at some of the key Opta facts from Bayern's streak, as well as Sunday's stunning defeat…

Unprecedented – Before Sunday, Bayern had won 23 successive matches across all competitions. No German club has done better since the Bundesliga's formation in 1963. 

Goals aplenty – While they may have only scored one against Hoffenheim, Bayern netted 108 times across their unbeaten run. That's 3.4 per match. 

Hoarding the silverware – Since the start of Bayern's streak, they have won the Bundesliga title, DFB-Pokal, Champions League and Super Cup. 

Winning habit – Of the 32 matches in their unbeaten sequence, Bayern won 31 times. The only game they did not win was the 0-0 draw against RB Leipzig in February. 

Early complacency? – This is the earliest defeat Bayern have suffered in a Bundesliga season since losing to Borussia Monchengladbach on matchday one of the 2011-12 campaign. 

Flick flops – This defeat is, unsurprisingly, the first time in Flick's reign that Bayern have conceded four goals in a single match. 

Battering Kram – Kramaric was Bayern's tormentor-in-chief, scoring twice. That took his tally to 12 in his past five matches in all competitions. 

Bayern get the Hoff – Since the start of 2017, Hoffenheim have now beaten Bayern four times in the Bundesliga, more than any other team. 

Record prevention – Bayern were hoping to claim an 11th successive away win in the Bundesliga, which would have set a new record for the division. 

Back to square one – Bayern had won each of their previous 14 Bundesliga matches. Only twice before (both Bayern) had a side enjoyed longer winning streaks – 15 across 2004-05 and 2005-06, and 19 – the record – in 2013-14. 

Hansi Flick will not accept tiredness as an excuse for a poor performance as Bayern Munich cope with a hectic schedule at the start of the new season.

The Bundesliga club secured a fourth trophy under Flick on Thursday when they defeated Sevilla 2-1 after extra time in the Super Cup, with that game taking place in Budapest.

However, there was little chance for Bayern to celebrate their latest success considering they are back on league duty on Sunday, travelling to take on Hoffenheim.

Flick understands that playing again less than 72 hours after facing Sevilla is tough, yet expects his players to maintain their usual high standards despite the lack of recovery time.

"We have to see how everyone is together [in training on Saturday]," Flick said. "After that, we will set up the team that can play 100 per cent against Hoffenheim. 

"It is of no use if we always say how broken we are – that's not my mentality. Even when you are tired, you can perform well. 

"Fortunately, on Sunday we have the opportunity to make five substitutions again, so we will use that."

Javi Martinez was the hero against Sevilla, scoring the winner just five minutes after his introduction from the bench in extra time.

The Spaniard's long-term future at Bayern remains unclear – his current deal expires in 2021 – but Flick is happy to lean on a player whose time in Germany has been blighted by injuries. 

"There is no new information," he said. "As long as he is here I will continue to plan with him.

"Javi has done a lot for the club. When he was fit, you could always look up left him. He showed that again against Sevilla. That's how he is known."

Having missed both the European game and the Bundesliga opener against Schalke, which Bayern won 8-0, Kingsley Coman could be involved this weekend.

The winger underwent a second coronavirus test on Friday after a period of self-isolation, leaving Bayern waiting on the result to determine his availability.

"He did 14 days of cyber training, but if he could play for 20 minutes it would of course help," Flick said of the Frenchman. "He would be a good option, but we have to wait and see."

Julen Lopetegui believes there has not been a European side as dominant as Bayern Munich in some time, as his Sevilla team prepare to face the Champions League winners.

Bayern – under the tutelage of Hansi Flick – won the treble last season.

The Bundesliga giants appeared to have stagnated under previous boss Niko Kovac, but have thrived since Flick took charge.

Sevilla, meanwhile, finished in LaLiga's top four and capped off their season with yet another Europa League triumph – a record sixth triumph in the competition.

Though Lopetegui hailed Flick's all-conquering side, he believes Sevilla have what it takes to challenge Bayern in Thursday's UEFA Super Cup contest in Budapest.

"A team like this has not appeared in Europe for many years," Lopetegui told a news conference.

"Bayern have a coach who deserves a lot of credit for the way he has led the team and has given a strong identity.

"It is very difficult to do what he has done because they know exactly how they want to play, how they want to attack, where they are going to defend.

"We come to this game with high hopes. We have a real desire and we are excited to compete again. Playing against this team has to motivate us and make us grow.

"We are going to need the best physical, mental and collective characteristics of the whole team to be able to beat Bayern.

"We will try to get them to give their best version and face the game in the best possible way."

While Sevilla are yet to start their LaLiga campaign, Bayern kicked off their Bundesliga season with an 8-0 demolition of Schalke on Friday.

Hansi Flick acknowledged he remains in contact with Mario Gotze after rumours circulated the Germany World Cup winner could return to Bayern Munich.

Gotze spent three years at Bayern between 2013 and 2016, winning the Bundesliga in each season and the DFB-Pokal twice, before returning to Borussia Dortmund.

The attacking midfielder was released at the end of last season, though, after struggling to regain the form that saw him rise through the ranks at Signal Iduna Park.

Flick was assistant to Joachim Low when Gotze scored the winning goal for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and German publication Bild suggested the Bayern boss is keen on bringing him back to bolster his midfield, an option that has proved attractive as there is no fee involved.

Asked at a news conference prior to Bayern's Super Cup clash with Sevilla about Gotze, Flick replied: "As far as Mario Gotze is concerned, I am still in close contact with players who played in the national team during my time. 

"He went through a difficult phase and we spoke on the phone several times. I appreciate Mario very much and I know where he has his strengths, but he is currently not an issue for us."

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, a member of the World Cup-winning team, talked up Gotze's qualities.

"Much has been said about it. Mario is a very good player who knows the Bayern environment and I think he said himself that he wanted to win the Champions League," he said. 

"He has ambitious goals and is very ambitious. He's in good shape, even though he wasn't preparing for a team. We'll see where it ends up later. I can only say that Mario Gotze is a good player. "

Flick, who hopes Robert Lewandowski will complete a full training session after taking a knock in the 8-0 hammering of Schalke, was asked how he felt about fans being allowed into the Puskas Arena for the annual European curtain-raiser.

The stadium will have no more than 30 per cent capacity but there were 951 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Hungary over the past 24 hours.

"In Munich I almost live in a corona hotspot, so not too much has changed. No, we came to play football, decisions are made elsewhere," Flick added. 

"We're here to play football and we aim to win the Super Cup. We know that we can win these games. 

"I'm a coach, I'm not an advisor for things like that. I hope I have the right advice for my players. Everything else should be done by others."

Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick said his side's 8-0 demolition of Schalke on the opening day of the Bundesliga season should serve as a benchmark for the rest of the campaign.

The reigning champions were in scintillating form against a hapless Schalke, storming into a 3-0 lead by half-time thanks to goals from Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and a Robert Lewandowski penalty.

It got even better for Bayern after the interval as Gnabry completed a hat-trick before Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane and 17-year-old Jamal Musiala completed Schalke's misery.

While Flick was pleased his side laid down an ominous marker for the 2020-21 season, he still believes they should have scored more in the first half.

"We have had our first game but we need to take things slowly," he told reporters. "We played brilliantly but should have scored two, three, maybe four more goals in the first half.

"But it was important to show that we are on the right track this season as well. I am very satisfied with the performance. This is now a benchmark for both Gnabry and Sane and the whole team."

Sane - making his debut following his July move from Manchester City - felt he slotted in seamlessly with his new team-mates and was pleased with their appetite for goals.

"It felt very good to be on the pitch with the boys," Sane said. "It was a very good day. I feel completely at ease and knew that it would work out well with the team. Everyone was hungry. Everyone just wanted to attack and give full throttle."

Sane started his professional career at Schalke before his move to the Premier League in 2016 and he admitted to feeling sympathetic towards his former side after such a crushing defeat.

"Of course, I was at Schalke for a long time," he added. "To get such a defeat at the start of the season and it goes so haywire is difficult. I'm of course a little sorry."

Schalke have now failed to win in their last 17 Bundesliga games, with head coach David Wagner left to rue his side's "naive" approach against the domestic and European champions.

"That was bad," Wagner said. "We didn't play well; Bayern were outstanding. We have to shake ourselves now, accept this bitter defeat and show the reaction against Werder Bremen that we expect of ourselves.

"It was naive that we wanted to continue going forward after the fourth or fifth goal."

Bayern Munich started the defence of their Bundesliga title in ominous fashion as a Serge Gnabry hat-trick helped them to a stunning 8-0 win over Schalke at the Allianz Arena on Friday. 

A mere 26 days after winning the Champions League, Hansi Flick's side showed no signs of tiredness and powered into a fourth-minute lead thanks to Gnabry's superb strike.

That was added to by Leon Goretzka after 19 minutes before Robert Lewandowski swept home a third from the penalty spot shortly after the half-hour mark.

Gnabry completed his hat-trick with two goals inside the opening 15 minutes of the second half before Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane - making his debut following his July move from Manchester City - and 17-year-old Jamal Musiala completed Schalke's humiliation.

Bayern started in blistering fashion as Gnabry controlled Joshua Kimmich's long pass over the top, turned away from his marker with a deft turn and whipped a superb left-footed strike past Ralf Fahrmann from 18 yards.

Flick's side bamboozled Schalke's backline with relentless pressure and the hosts were unsurprisingly undone again shortly before the midway point of the first half when Goretzka slotted home from the edge of the penalty area after being picked out by Muller.

Lewandowski - who scored 55 goals in all competitions last season - opened his account for the 2020-21 campaign from the spot in the 31st minute after he had been brought down by Ozan Kabak, while Niklas Sule crashed an effort against the post shortly before the interval.

Bayern started the second half like they did the first, Gnabry slotting into an empty net two minutes after the restart after Sane had pushed the ball past an onrushing Fahrmann.

Sane was the provider again after 59 minutes, teeing up Gnabry to seal his hat-trick from 10 yards, while an outrageous rabona from Lewandowski set up Muller to add a sixth in the 69th minute, the 31-year-old's side-footed volley squirming underneath Fahrmann.

Sane capped a fine display with his first Bayern goal two minutes later, slotting past Schalke's woefully exposed goalkeeper after being played through by Kimmich, while substitute Musiala scored his first Bayern goal nine minutes from time to complete the nightmare for Schalke.

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