Football across Europe is well and truly up and running again after the Italian Serie A and German Bundesliga seasons kicked off over the weekend. AFP Sport rounds up some of the main talking points from the action across the continent: – Bayern ominous already – European champions Bayern Munich returned to action 26 days after their Champions League triumph in Lisbon and began their Bundesliga campaign in style with an ominous 8-0 destruction of Schalke at an empty Allianz Arena. Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick for Hansi Flick’s team as they claimed a record victory for the opening weekend of a German top-flight season and suggested it is going to take something extraordinary to stop them winning a ninth consecutive Bundesliga title. Having won a treble last season, Bayern picked up where they left off and have now recorded a remarkable 22 straight victories. “We’re still hungry,” insisted Leroy Sane, who was making his debut after arriving from Manchester City. While Thiago Alcantara has left for Liverpool, Sane’s arrival adds extra quality in the final third and it will be a big ask for anyone to keep up with the pace set by Bayern. However, Borussia Dortmund impressed in their 3-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach and RB Leipzig were also victorious in their opening game. And Bayern’s win does come with a caveat: a dreadful Schalke side were merely picking up where they left off at the end of last season in failing to win any of their last 16 Bundesliga outings. – Juventus win on Pirlo bow – All eyes were on Andrea Pirlo as the rookie coach took charge of Juventus for the first time in their Serie A season opener against Sampdoria in Turin. Juventus began their bid for a 10th straight Scudetto by beating Claudio Ranieri’s side 3-0 and a new face delivered the first goal of the new era, with 20-year-old Swedish winger Dejan Kulusevski’s classy finish putting them ahead before Leonardo Bonucci and Cristiano Ronaldo also netted.