MUNICH: Bayern Munich began their new era under Pep Guardiola by defeating Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 with two first half goals in four minutes from Arjen Robben and Mario Mandzukic and a 69th minute penalty by David Alaba.

It could have been more but Thomas Muller had a  spot kick saved.

Guardiola, newly-arrived this summer after a sabbatical following his exit from Barcelona, said: “We need results like this to build up our confidence because some of our players are still missing match practice.

“Obviously we are satisfied with this win. We need to control the pace a bit more as those first 15 minutes in the second half the ball was going up and down.”

Guardiola, who took over from Jupp Heynckes in the close season, fielded 10 of the 11 players who beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final in May.

New signings Thiago Alcantara and Mario Goetze, brought in for more than E60m, were ruled out with fever and a lack of training following injury respectively.

In Austria Admira Modling have sacked former World Cup striker Toni Polster as coach after losing three opening games of the season, scoring two goals and conceding 11.