Bayern Munich rebounded on Tuesday with a impressive victory over table-topping Paderborn 4-0. Saturday's inept performance against Hamburg is hopefully 100% behind them, as the club moves forward to Saturday's match against Paderborn's fellow newly promoted club FC Köln.
On the day, there were some really good performances from Bayern players on the day, so it may be a little more difficult to pick out a man of the match from today.
You could make the argument that both of Mario Götze's goals were as a result of "being in the right place at the right time", but that isn't always the case with Götze's game. Against Paderborn, Götze was making every effort to get to the ball and to do "something" with it, instead of dallying in possession. His opener was a sweetly struck ball that curved around a defender and snuck in at the post. The second goal was just a loose ball that he pounded into the net.
The Dutch winger made his return to the Bayern lineup with a bang. While he didn't get his goal on the day, Robben showed just how important he is to this team. He attacked Paderborn's backline at will and showed no fear at unleashing shots from anywhere around the box. His gets the "secondary assist" on Götze's opening goal and the regular assist on Müller's closing goal. All in all, it was unquestionably a great day to see Robben back on the field.
There's no question that Xabi has been one of the club's best players in the 2014-2015 season. The way he just controls the midfield is something to behold. There are times that he starts to kick the ball, and I question what he's doing. Then, of course, the ball ends up exactly where it needs to go in a perfect spot where only another Bayern player can get the ball. He completed more passes against Paderborn than any individual has completed in any game this season across Europe's top 5 leagues (England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain).