So, Bayern Munich are back in a familiar position 90 minutes into the new season - top of the Bundesliga table. It won't always be this easy for Carlo Ancelotti but his reign is off to a flying start. Many thanks for your company. Until next time...
- Carlo Ancelotti's first league game in charge of Bayern Munich
- Robert Lewandowski starts the season with a hat-trick
- Xabi Alonso's 25 yard finish put defending champions ahead
- Philipp Lahm and Franck Ribery also on the mark
Carlo Ancelotti's first league game in charge of Bayern Munich ends in an emphatic victory, with Robert Lewandowski starting the campaign with a brilliant hat-trick.
Manuel Neuer has had so little to do that the Bayern keeper has now got the ball boys behind his goal to throw balls at him to keep him occupied.
This is a dream start for Carlo Ancelotti but the Bayern boss looks a little bored sat in the dugout. To be fair, this was over as a contest the moment Xabi Alonson opened the scoring in spectacular style inside 10 minutes.
Fin Bartels gets applause for effort from Bayern fans after a terrific run ends in a rather tame shot straight at the keeper. A rare moment of danger from Bremen.
We're into the last 10 minutes. Werder Bremen's players just want to hear the final whistle.
Robert Lewandowski marks his first league game of the season with a hat-trick after a text book penalty.
Thiago is fouled from behind and goes sprawling inside the area. The referee points to the spot. Werder Bremen's night goes from bad to worse.
This is painful to watch from a Werder Bremen point of view.
Thomas Muller is unchallenged before playing the ball into the path of the unmarked Franck Ribery who drills home from around the penalty spot.
Just before that goal there was a standing ovation from Xabi Alonso as the midfielder is given a well deserved rest and replaced by Joshua Kimmich.
Bremen also make a change - defender Janek Sternberg replacing forward Aron Johannsson.
A move straight off the training ground as Philipp Lahm plays a one-two with Thomas Muller inside the Bremen area before finding the net with a thumping effort in off the post.
Ruthless, clinical, dominant...Bayern have been all this and more. And all in front of watching Germany boss Joachim Low.
The TV cameras zoom in on Renato Sanches. The points are in the bag and the 19-year-old Euro 2016 winner, who cost £27.5m from Benfica, is wondering when he is going to come on. Surely not too long to wait now.
Great scenes behind Bremen's goal. There's around a dozen or so huge flags being waved by jubilant Bayern fans. The celebrations are well under way. Bayern are heading to the top of the Bundesliga.
A huge moment in the game. Werder Bremen have just won their first corner.
Four? Five? Six?
There is no let up from Bayern Munich. Make no mistake, they are eyeing more goals.
The second half is seconds old when Bremen lose possession. Bayern are on the attack and Thomas Muller delivers a pin-point cross into the area for Robert Lewandowski to stab the ball over the line from close range. More terrible defending by the visitors but Bayern's No 9 is one goal from a hat-trick.
Robert Lewandowski will fancy his chances of completing his hat-trick here. Bremen get us back under way.
Are we about to see Renato Sanches on the Bundesliga stage for the first time? Bayern's fans want to see their new 19-year-old signing in action - and Carlo Ancelotti could well oblige with his side dominating.
They are showing Xabi Alonso's goal again. He's totally unmarked but wow...what a finish.
Can Carlo Ancelotti deliver Bayern Munich the treble?
Andy: Got every chance, Ancelotti is a classy guy.
LFCHarry: I would be a success at Bayern.
Ian Ericson: If he does, what will it say about Pep Guardiola's reign there.
The officials take pity on Werder Bremen by opting for no added time.
Robert Lewandowski looks like scoring each time he gets the ball. He's running riot inside the area.
Felix Wiedwald, the over-worked Bremen keeper, is saving the visitors from an absolute hammering.
Another delicious Bayern move, another close shave for Bremen.
Thomas Muller's flick picks out Robert Lewandowski who looks set to net his second but it hits the advancing keeper's ankle and deflects on to the bar.
This is exhibition stuff.
I wonder what the likes of Atletico Madrid, Russian outfit FC Rostov and PSV Eindhoven think of this? They all have to face Bayern in the Champions League.
As bad as Bremen are, this is a ruthless performance from the defending German champions. They are utterly dominant.
What on earth are Werder Bremen playing at?
There is no one near Thomas Muller when he lets fly 25 yards out. His shot cannons off the post and into the path of Robert Lewandowski who blasts over from close range.
He is human after all.
Jay: Managing Bayern Munich is the easiest job in football.
Pat Cronin: Carlo Ancelotti is a fantastic coach. Why did Chelsea sack him?
We've not even reached the half hour mark and Bremen can count themselves fortunate not to be three or four behind.
Another slick home move ends in Robert Lewandowski being denied by Felix Wiedwald from close range.
"Bayern, Bayern." roar the home fans.
So much room for Bayern and they have decided to embark on a period of keep-ball. Werder Bremen are being taught a painful lesson by the champions.
John McEnerney: Ancelotti has more of a chance of doing the treble than Pep ever did, he's more relaxed & less complicated in his style.
Carlo Ancelotti didn't even bother celebrating the second goal. He could not have wished for a better start and can thank his opposite number for that. Werder Bremen are inviting pressure and have got their tactics hopelessly wrong. They are way out of their depth.
Far too easy for Bayern.
Robert Lewandowski springs the off side trap and cuts into the area before beating the keeper from a tight angle following Franck Ribery's pass.
Werder Bremen's defence is all over the place. There's a huge party under way in the Allianz Arena.
The champions are up and running - and what a cracking goal to get them going.
Xabi Alonso at his sublime best as he dispatches a wonderful first-time volley into the top corner from 25-yards.
A goal of the season contender nine minutes into the new season by the former Liverpool man.
Thomas Muller with the first serious chance to score - and it's deflected wide for a corner from inside the area. Werder Bremen cannot get anywhere near the ball and they are leaving gaps at the back. This is already looking ominous for the visitors.
Carlo Ancelotti, arms folded, is standing in his technical area. In the background there is another familiar face.
If Paul Clement had kept his job at Derby County he would be at Burton Albion tonight. Instead he's in the dugout at the Allianz Arena having teamed up with Ancelotti's assistant.
The pair have previously worked together at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain.
Three minutes into the new season and there's already a familiar tone developing. Bayern are bossing all the early possession while Bremen, in their third choice white and green kit, are defending deep.
And we're finally under way. The 2016-17 Bundesliga season has officially started. Can anyone stop Bayern Munich?
A quick reminder of how the two teams line up...
Bayern Munich XI: Neuer, Lahm, Hummels, Martinez, Alaba, Vidal, Alonso, Thiago, Muller, Lewandowski, Ribery. Subs: Rafinha, Bernat, Ulreich, Kimmich, Sanches, Green, Ozturk.
Werder Bremen XI: Wiedwald, Caldirola, Bauer, Yatabare, Fritz, Johannsson, Diagne, Bartels, Gebre Selassie, Sane, Grillitsch. Subs: Kainz, Thy, Moisander, Petsos, Drobny, Eggestein, Sternberg.