Bayern Munich ended last season by winning a treble, while Schalke ended on a run of 16 straight Bundesliga games without a win. Both teams picked up where they left off in Friday's league opener, which finished in a resounding 8-0 win for Bayern.
The goals flew in early and often at the Allianz Arena, as Serge Gnabry opened the scoring in the fourth minute on his way to a hat-trick.
Five other Bayern players chipped in with goals in the 2020-21 season opener: Leon Goretzka, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala.
Sane and Musiala both scored their first Bayern goals, with the former having joined in the off-season on an initial €49m (£44.7m/$55m) move from Manchester City.
Musiala, meanwhile, showed his potential as the 17-year-old scored a late goal on only his second senior appearance for Bayern.
On a day in which Thiago Alcantara officially left Bayern to join Liverpool, there was little evidence that the eight-time defending Bundesliga champions missed the Spanish star.
There was plenty of reaction to the opening-day mauling, as Sane made an impressive start to life at Bayern.
Leroy Sane's Bayern Munich debut— Goal (@goal) September 18, 2020
5️⃣ Key Passes pic.twitter.com/ExF31V5M2Y
We were getting hammered by Bayern before it was cool, just saying... 😬#FCBS04— HSV English (@HSV_English) September 18, 2020
Eight. 🤦♂️— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) September 18, 2020
FC Bayern players waiting for their turn to score. pic.twitter.com/WimBnOwDXL— ً (@luisHotspur) September 18, 2020
Serge Gnabry vs. Schalke: ⚽️⚽️⚽️— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 18, 2020
Leroy Sané vs. Schalke: 🅰️🅰️⚽️
Robert Lewandowski vs. Schalke: ⚽️🅰️🅰️
Bayern might have assembled the best front three in the world. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/T1DIomXHZH
200 - Thomas Mülller scored his 200th competitive goal for @FCBayernEN, only 3 players more since BL promotion 1965. Legend. pic.twitter.com/iH0us0S0gq— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 18, 2020
Bayern Munich scoring 8 goals in a Bundesliga game? Thankfully they could never do that in a Champions League knockout stage game.— TC. (@totalcristiano) September 18, 2020
Bayern are glad to have Sane on board 🤗 pic.twitter.com/iPTXKo3Uup— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 18, 2020
A moment you'll never forget. 💭— 🇺🇸 FC Bayern US 🇨🇦 (@FCBayernUS) September 18, 2020
Congrats on your first senior goal for FC Bayern, @JamalMusiala! 🙌#MiaSanFamily pic.twitter.com/VjHWZ7WOR2
A perfect start. 👊 @FCBayern pic.twitter.com/OiCIbGyTIl— Leon Goretzka (@leongoretzka_) September 18, 2020
163 - @lewy_official @FCBayernEN @Bundesliga_EN pic.twitter.com/ujA65DQwjS— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 18, 2020