Germany team-mates Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose got on the scoresheet to dismiss Schalke and claim an early piece of silverware by way of the German Super Cup.
Thomas Mueller’s reputation continues to grow after breaking in the Bayern Munich first-team late last season. After impressive performances in the Champions League particularly, Mueller forced himself into Joachim Loew’s World Cup squad, and the young German exploded onto the world football season. Mueller claimed both the Golden Boot award and the Young Player of the Tournament award in South Africa, immediately making him one of the greatest young prospects in the game. Even after having an average afternoon against Schalke today, he managed to get his name on the scoresheet.
Despite what looks to be the beginning of a fantastic career ahead of Mueller, the experience of a player like Miroslav Klose cannot be overlooked. He provided an unselfish assist for Mueller’s opening goal, and took his with aplomb as well. His composure and anticipation will provide a great role model for Bayern Munich’s younger players if nothing else. Experience is invaluable, and Bayern Munich have an excellent combination of experienced heads who will lead by example and young stars who will grow into mature professionals under the guidance of players like Klose.
Louis van Gaal will be delighted with the early win over Schalke, who will most likely be their closest rivals for the Bundesliga title this season. But as we all know, van Gaal will look to continue to improve and fine tune the side before their opening tie against Wolfsburg.
For Schalke, this game is a bit of a wake-up call. Raul, who scored a brace against Bayern Munich last week, was virtually anonymous today. Not a good sign for Die Konigsblauen who are short on firepower already. Schalke will know that they must improve quickly if they are to hold their Champions League berth and continue to challenge for domestic honours.
Overall, this is a good win for Bayern Munich, and it will be a celebrated win for fans who will be delighted that the club have already added to their seemingly never-ending supply of silverware.
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