Thomas Müller scored twice as Bayern Munich warmed up for Juventus in the Champions League with a routine 5-0 rout of Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Thiago Alcantara opened the scoring after nine minutes when he beat his marker to Kingsley Coman’s sharp cross. Coman was again provider for the second in the 31st minute, beating a defender on the left and crossing for Müller to convert past Werder Bremen’s goalkeeper, Felix Wiedwald.
Bayern had around 80% ball possession as Bremen failed to threaten in a flat first half of football. Thiago struck the crossbar from distance after the break.
Mario Götze, playing for the first time since getting injured on international duty in October, had two efforts on goal, and went off shortly after his second attempt after 50 minutes.
Müller sealed the game with his 19th goal of the season in the 65th minutes, converting the rebound after Wiedwald saved Franck Ribéry’s volley from 20 yards.
Robert Lewandowski, who came on for Müller after 74 minutes, claimed his 24th goal of the campaign in the 86th minute, and there was still time for Thiago to complete the scoring in the final minute, again set up by former Juventus player Coman.
Bayern, who host Juventus on Wednesday after drawing 2-2 in their Champions League last 16 first leg, moved eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund who play Mainz on Sunday.
Werder Bremen were missing top-scorer Claudio Pizarro to injury, as well as their captain, Clemens Fritz, and midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic after they intentionally picked up yellow cards to incur suspensions which they hoped would make them available for later games. The German Football Association (DFB) decided to fine the pari e20,000 each for deliberately picking up yellow cards but not to give them additional suspensions.