BERLIN (AFP) – Bayern Munich claimed the biggest Bundesliga win for 30 years to warm up for their Champions League clash at to Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek with Saturday’s 8-0 thrashing of Hamburg.
Stars Arjen Robben, Thomas Mueller and Mario Goetze all netted twice as Bayern ran riot at Munich’s Allianz Arena ahead of Tuesday’s last-16, first-leg clash against Shakhtar in Lviv.
This was Bayern’s biggest league win since routing Kickers Offenbach 9-0 in March 1984 and it was the league’s highest score since Borussia Moenchengladbach crushed Ein-tracht Braunschweig 10-0 in October the same year.
It was Hamburg’s heaviest ever league defeat.
Just over two years after their 9-2 drubbing at Munich’s Allianz Arena, Hamburg were again made to suffer having also been beaten 3-1, 5-0 and 6-0 on their last four visits to Bavaria.
“We played well, our build up play was good and I am pleased our style is back. Now we focus on the Champions League,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola.
Bayern stayed eight points clear after racing into a 2-0 lead with 23 minutes gone as Mueller slotted a penalty, before his Germany team-mate Goetze added a second.
Arjen Robben danced through Hamburg’s defence, then curled home a 36th-minute goal to claim the third.
Robben grabbed his second after 47 minutes as the game became little more than a shooting session as the hosts ran riot.
Mueller curled home a superb shot after a run by his captain Bastian Schweinsteiger on 55 minutes.
Robert Lewandowski got on the scoresheet to make it 6-0 barely a minute later when Robben’s pass found Mueller, who had all the time in the world to roll his pass to the Polish striker’s feet.