Thomas Mueller hit a brace as Bayern Munich fired some sort of warning shot at Juventus ahead of the Champions League by romping to a 5-0 win over Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Thiago Alcantara started the goals feast as early as the ninth minute when he beat his marker to Kingsley Coman’s sharp cross.
Coman was again provider for the second in the 31st, beating a defender on the left and crossing for Mueller to convert past Bremen goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald.
Mario Goetze, playing for the first time since getting injured on international duty on Oct. 8, had two efforts on goal, and went off shortly after his second attempt in the 50th.
Mueller sealed the game with his 19th goal of the season in the 65th, converting the rebound after Wiedwald saved Franck Ribery’s volley from 20 meters (yards).
Robert Lewandowski, who came on for Mueller in the 74th, claimed his 24th goal of the campaign in the 86th, and there was still time for Thiago — who also struck the crossbar from distance after the break — to complete the scoring in the final minute, again set up by former Juventus player Coman.
Werder Bremen was missing top-scorer Claudio Pizarro to injury, as well as captain Clemens Fritz and midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic after they picked up yellow cards to incur suspensions and be available for later games.
Bayern had 76 percent ball possession as Bremen failed to threaten at any stage.
Bayern, which hosts Juventus on Wednesday after drawing 2-2 in their Champions League round-of-16 first leg, moved eight points clear of Borussia Dortmund, which plays Mainz on Sunday.