Well, that was certainly more painful to watch then any of us anticipated.
Bayern Munich were far from their best against a disciplined and reinvogorated Hamburg side. They probably wouldn't even have been considered the better team on the pitch on Saturday. At the same time It's hard to separate the tactical ineptitude of this game from the fact that Arjen Robben was withdrawn just minutes before the match started with an injury. That loss of personnel probably played out more tactically then any of us realize. However, even Pep Guardiola's substitutions had little impact on the match as they still struggled even after numerous tactical changes within the match. Here are some of the standout performances of the match (remember, standout is relative so we're basing off the concept of hot garbage)
Juan Bernat quietly had one of the better game we've seen him play for Bayern Munich this season. He played lock down defense on the left and was a torrid worker up and down the left touchline. While his ability to be a true offensive weapon was neutered by the seemingly incessant midfield giveaways, his effort and work rate were one of the few bright spots in this match.
David Alaba, the other player on the left side of the field, was also a bright spot as he looked to be the only attacking midfielder capable of dropping deep and working with his central midfield partners. His partnership with Juan Bernat is continuing to evolve and they were one of the very few effective attacking partnerships. At least when Bayern Munich weren't passing like blind mice.
Jerome Boateng is good. He's just really good right now. He's very adept defensively, playing staunch defense and his offensive game is improving by leaps and bounds since the World Cup. He's in the form of his life and Pep Guardiola has really gotten the utmost out of the German international this season and yesterday he adding one more game to his stellar resume. Though in all likelihood it's probably one he personally wants to expunge from his memory.
Last but certainly not least, is it possible to appreciate Xabi Alonso more then we already do? His introduction immediately stabilized a woeful defensive midfield. With his long sweeping passes, switches of play and overall skill in possession the midfield turnover issues that had been plaguing Bayern Munich all match almost immediately disappeared.
How do you rate each players performance for Bayern Munich on Saturday?