It wasn't as demonstrative as the beatdown in Rome a couple of weeks ago, but Bayern Munich dispatched AS Roma 2-0 on Wednesday in a fairly light encounter. The victory, of course, secured first place in the Champions League group for FC Bayern.
It was labeled the "GROUP OF DEATH" immediately after the draw was completed, but Bayern have made short work of the group so far by picking up all twelve points available to them in four games. So far, so good.
David Alaba: The Austrian was a terror for the entire Roma team to try to handle. Alaba's ability to pop up all over the field and get the job done before moving on to the next spot is a thing of beauty to watch. He's involved far more in the attack from this free roaming box-to-box role, and it's paying dividends for Bayern.
Juan Bernat: Hey, this Juan Bernat guy is pretty good, isn't he? When he was brought into Munich, most of us saw him as a backup at the two wide left positions, but with Alaba having moved to the midfield semi-permanently, Bernat has really stepped in and made that left wingback-ish position his own. (Don't act like he's playing "left back".) Bravo, Juan!
Franck Ribery: Arjen Robben couldn't make the squad today due to an illness, so Franck Ribery was given the keys to the Bayern Munich car. The Frenchman continued where he left off from his substitute appearance against Borussia Dortmund and was a threat to the Roma backline all night long with difficult runs. Quality work from Ribery as he continues to get back into top form since recovering from his injury.