Chasing up a tipped rebound off the crossbar before taking a boot to the face and scoring a header is one way to earn a Man of the Match award. It's also the Thomas Müller way. The German international earned Man of the Match honors this week with his 47th minute goal, narrowly edging out his fellow goalscorer Arjen Robben in the voting.
Arjen Robben narrowly lost to Thomas Müller, losing out by a mere four-hundredths of a point, losing out on his ninth Man of the Match award this season. Juan Bernat was the other player for whom the voters effused praise. The Spanish leftback was a dominating attacking force, creating Bayern Munich's second goal via sheer force of effort and determination, while logging 5 shots against the Frebiurg goal. Many of those shots were dangerous and without the phenomenal play of Roman Bürkii, there is an argument that perhaps Juan Bernat could have had a hat trick.
Much of the Bayern Munich squad clustered in the mid-3's as it was a dominating team performance against an opponent who only registered two shots to Bayern Munich's 31. However, it was also a game of injuries as Mehdi Benatia earned a score below three, mostly on the back of his early exit due to injury.
However, it was Xherdan Shaqiri who was the butt of the ratings, logging a 2.83 with a 30 minute appearance. While it wasn't a performance worth writing home about, it was nevertheless a solid display from the young midfielder. With Shaqiri continuously logging ratings below the average line, at some point it may behoove us to ask whether we're judging him for the contribution he's making or based on the contribution his promise expects him to make. I'm not sure I have an answer as to which way that leans right now.