The first goal of the 2015-16 Bundesliga season might even be the best goal of the entire season.
Xavi Alonso got the Carlo Ancelotti era off to a stunning start with a 25-yard volley for Bayern Munich in their game against Werder Bremen.
The Spaniard’s goal came in the ninth minute. By 13 minutes gone it was 2-0, Robert Lewandoski opening his account with a fine effort from an acute angle.
The aim for Bayern is, of course, Champions League success. Pep Guardiola wasn’t able to bring the big-eared trophy to the Allianz Arena but the early signs are that this Bayern team is ready to go all the way in Europe.
If, however, the season doesn’t end in Champions League glory, at least Alonso will have his opening-day screamer as a highlight.
Bremen thought they had cleared the day when a cross was headed clear but the former Liverpool and Real Madrid man controlled the ball and fired it into the top corner. Bang. 1-0.
Alonso only seems to score brilliant goals.
Ancelotti signed Renato Sanches and Mats Hummels in the summer, strengthening an already-incredible team, and the Italian knows that he is blessed with a great squad.
"This team is already very, very strong,'' Ancelotti recently told Germany's ZDF television, per ESPN FC. "I'm just trying to bring in my own, new ideas, but the team is already very good.”
Alonso is 34-years-old. But he’s showing no signs of slowing down.