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Arjen Robben adamant Bayern Munich will get better

Paris Saint Germain held in opening game against Montpellier.

Thomas Mueller and Martin Stranzl go for the ball. Alex Grimm / Getty Images
Thomas Mueller and Martin Stranzl go for the ball. Alex Grimm / Getty Images

Be patient and this Bayern Munich side will get even better.

That was the message from Munich after the German champions started the defence of their Bundesliga title with a 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

The win in Pep Guardiola's first competitive game on the Bayern bench was resounding after they took a two-goal lead after 16 minutes.

And despite displaying a clear level of superiority, the general feeling in the Bayern camp is that they can, and will, do much better.

"The important thing is that we always want to play dominantly and we want to put pressure on going forwards and be aggressive. We did that partly well tonight," said opening goalscorer Arjen Robben.

"It's only normal that when a new coach comes, there are minor changes and these need time.

"We are not where we have to be yet. Some things can still improve. We will get better in the coming weeks."

Guardiola was still "very satisfied" with his first Bundesliga outing which may not be enough to give Bayern top spot after one round of matches, but puts them on course to be there when it matters.

"We needed a good result to have some peace and quiet," said the Catalan.

"We still need time, but when you are at the biggest club in the world like FC Bayern, you don't have time.

"We need to get the first two or three wins under our belts for our confidence and for the coach's confidence, and now we can prepare to face Eintracht Frankfurt in peace."

Gladbach gave as good as they got, keeping Germany international Manuel Neuer relatively busy in the Bayern goal.

His national team understudy Marc-Andre ter Stegen was in even more rousing form, however, and he was pleased with his night's work.

"We can take a lot of positives out of this game," ter Stegen also told Sky television. "We played well.

"You can lose to Bayern Munich. What is important for us is that we focus on other opponents."

Paris Saint Germain dropped points on the opening day of the French league season, held 1-1 at Montpellier as they began their defence of the title.

PSG have moved swiftly on since landing their first league crown in 19 years in May, with Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti leaving for Real Madrid and loan star David Beckham retiring.

They are hot favourites to repeat their success.

Montpellier represented a tough opening day test for the Parisians given the southerners' status as 2012 champions though they saw the architect of that win, Rene Girard, switch to Lille in the summer, with Jean Fernandez arriving to replace him.

PSG, now under the stewardship of former France and Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc, elected to start with a strike tandem of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi, leaving new boy Edinson Cavani on the bench to begin with at the Stade de la Mosson.

But after an early Lavezzi header flashed off target it was the hosts who scored the opening goal of the new season, a rasping drive from Remy Cabella after just ten minutes.

Cabella robbed Ibrahimovic and then found Emanuel Herrera, who fired in an effort which was blocked only for Cabella to drive in at the second attempt.

Though enjoying the lion's share of the possession PSG were forced to grind through the gears as they strove to respond and Ibrahimovic sent in a fizzing effort which Geoffrey Jourdren in the home goal tipped away.

A goal to the good at the break, Montpellier could have doubled their lead on 50 minutes but Herrera fired over from the edge of the area.

And PSG finally managed to get back on terms on the hour mark through Brazilian Maxwell.

Javier Pastore fired over a cross form the left which Ibrahimovic just reached at the far post, nodding on for former Barcelona defender Maxwell to net from close range.

Montpellier had a nervous final 18 minutes after their Moroccan defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari was red carded for a foul on Pastore.