Bayern Munich's matches against Hertha BSC in Berlin aren't always the most beautiful things, but FC Bayern figured out how to take all three points from Germany's capital on Saturday. The match pushes Bayern's lead atop the Bundesliga table to ten points ahead of Wolfsburg's match with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Sunday. The result also means that the club is unbeaten in their thirteenth straight match to start the Bundesliga season.
Here are some nominations for man of the match.
Arjen Robben: Once again, if you need a goal, all you have to do is call on Robben. He continuously does things that make your jaw drop even if you watch him play games twice a week. The goal was a curling strike just out of the reach of the goalkeeper to give Bayern the lead and eventually the victory. You can watch the goal here.
Robert Lewandowski: The only thing that Lewandowski didn't do on the day is put the ball into the back of the net. He was able to get one-on-one with Hertha BSC (and, former FC Bayern) goalkeeper Thomas Kraft on several occasions, but he was continuously stonewalled by the Hertha number one.
Xabi Alonso: Once again, Alonso provided a steady presence in the center of the park for FC Bayern on the day. He completed 22 more passes than the entire Hertha team did in the first half and was a big reason why Bayern dominated Hertha so thoroughly in the first half. While his presence faded a bit in the second half, he did have a great sliding block to deny Hertha on a counterattack.
Backline: I'm going to nominate the entire backline for this match. Dante, in particular, continues to impress me with the way he's adapted to the way the club plays under Pep Guardiola. The backline played well on the day, coercing the Hertha attackers into being offside on 10 different occasions. Oh, hum, its just another Bundesliga shut out for Bayern. Ten shutouts in thirteen matches is nothing to ignore.