B/Munich 3-0 Celtic: Bavarians restore pride with big win - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ayodeji Tunde | 18/10/2017

Bayern Munich restored their battered ego in the Champions League on Wednesday as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Celtic to establish a clear hierarchy in Champions League Group B.

The Scottish champions visited the Allianz Arena on the back of victory away to Anderlecht but were completely overwhelmed by their rejuvenated hosts.

Goals from Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern a half-time lead which was extended by Mats Hummels after the break.

In contrast to their last European outing - a 3-0 dismantling by Paris Saint-Germain - Bayern looked full of confidence from the kickoff after making a winning start to Jupp Heynckes' fourth reign as manager by thrashing Freiburg 5-0 at the weekend.

The German giants had replaced Carlo Ancelotti with Jupp Heynckes following their 3-0 Group B defeat by Paris St Germain last month but any thoughts of demise were swept away as skipper Thomas Muller opened the scoring in the 17th minute before right-back Joshua Kimmich nodded in a second before half-time.

Mats Hummels headed in a third six minutes after the break and the Bundesliga champions were unfortunate their dominance was not properly reflected in the scoreline.

Celtic's 3-0 win away to Anderlecht in September means they are favourites to at least end up with a Europa League place after Christmas but they were simply outclassed by the Bundesliga side.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said he hoped to see better defending from his players when the teams meet again.

"We hope that we can be better in terms of dealing with crosses," he said.

The Celtic boss added: "I just felt in the goals we could have been better in those moments."

However, Rodgers was able to take some positives from the game.

He said: "I thought there were lots of moments in the game where we looked comfortable. We had moments in counter-attack and some other good moments in the game. I thought second half we were much better."