Borussia Monchengladbach 1-5 Bayern Munich: Die Roten romp to first trophy of Guardiola reign

Pep Guardiola claimed his first trophy as Bayern Munich boss courtesy of a commanding 5-1 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach in the final of the Telekom Cup.

The Bavarians struck three times in the first half, with Franck Ribery and Phillip Lahm both netting before Thiago Alcantara netted his first goal for his new club.

Monchengladbach did manage to get off the mark with a Luuk de Jong penalty just before the break, but Bayern romped home with further strikes from Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller.

Monchengladbach fielded a much-changed line-up from the one that had upset Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals the day before, so it came as no great surprise that Bayern, who started with Phillipp Lahm in midfield, dominated possession from the off.

It was the hosts who had the first half-chance, though, with Juan Arango volleying wide, after good work from Patrick Herrmann down the right-hand side.

However, Bayern quickly asserted their obvious superiority, with Toni Kroos firing just over, before Ribery opened the scoring, 17 minutes in, with a sliced volley from the most sublime lofted ball into the area from Robben.

Ribery played a key role in die Roten doubling their advantage just five minutes later. The Frenchman stripped Granit Xhaka of possession in Monchengladbach territory before driving into the area and cleverly cutting the ball back for Thomas Muller. The attacking midfielder’s shot was blocked but Lahm was on hand to stroke home the rebound.

And, just moments later, it was 3-0, as Thiago demonstrated his ingenuity by chesting home an in-swinging delivery from Jerome Boateng.

Credit to Monchengladbach, though, they kept battling and pulled a goal back just before half-time when De Jong coolly converted a penalty, after Herrmann had been felled in the area by a rash challenge from Diego Contento.

However, any hopes the hosts may have had of turning the game around were dashed 10 minutes into the second period when Robben nodded home the most inviting cross from Ribery into the six-yard box.

The latter bagged another assist in the dying seconds by teeing up Muller for a tap-in that made it 35 goals in just six pre-season games for Bayern, who kick off the defence of their Bundesliga title against Monchengladbach next month.