SINSHEIM, Germany (AP) — Bayern Munich got the Bundesliga back underway with a 3-1 win at Hoffenheim on Friday to deliver a statement of intent to leader Borussia Dortmund.
Robert Lewandowski sealed the victory late on to cut the gap on his former team to three points after 18 games. It was the defending champion’s sixth league win in succession, stabilizing the side after an early-season wobble.
“We’re the chasers and we want to hunt them,” Bayern coach Niko Kovac said. “We want to be champions.”
Leon Goretzka scored twice in the first half, the first from a rebound, then after a corner, as Bayern performed impressively in the league’s first match after a winter break of almost four weeks.