Summary

  • Bayern are looking to defend their title for a fourth straight season.
  • Results on Matchday 1 provide first insight into what is to come.
  • Bayern will kick off the campaign on 26 August.

Defending the throne from potential usurpers over the course of a season can be tricky, but in the Bundesliga getting off on the right foot can go a long way to forecasting what is to come.

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Much like a title defence, Matchday 1 can also prove somewhat of a minefield with players short of competitive match practice and head coaches hoping their pre-season fine-tuning pays off. However, in the Bundesliga, victory on the opening weekend is somewhat of a norm for the side looking to ward off challengers.

FC Bayern München made an enviable habit of it in Pep Guardiola's three-year tenure as head coach, but on just 18 occasions in the storied 53-year history of Germany's top flight have the reigning champions managed to retain their title. While it is far from cut and dried, setting the tone and picking up maximum points on the opening weekend is always a good place to start for those with title ambitions.

In the 2015/16 campaign, eventual winners Bayern kicked off proceedings by thrashing Hamburger SV - a victory that served as an early warning for how the season would play out. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller got on the scoresheet, while summer signings Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa both impressed in a win that earned Bayern another slice of Bundesliga history.

Watch: Bayern 5-0 Hamburg highlights