After draws away to Schalke an Hamburg, Bayern Munich picked up their first away victory with their 2-0 win over FC Köln on Saturday. There were good performances across the board for FC Bayern, so choosing a man of the match won't be very easy.
We should also give a quick shout out to FC Köln's 21 year old goalkeeper Timo Horn for his outstanding performance on the day. He was outstanding in the match and was the only reason that the match wasn't 3-0 or 4-0 at the end of the first half.
Now, let's take a look at Bayern's top performers on the day.
Do you want to know how great Jerome Boateng has been so far this year for Bayern? When Pep Guardiola went to sub him out of the match, he brought on Mehdi Benatia and Dante to make up for his departure from the field. Boateng snuffed out nearly every attack that Köln threw forward and worked quickly to get the ball to the feet of the team's playmakers. Boateng has been anchor.
It's been very evident just how important Arjen Robben is important to Bayern Munich since his return to the side from injury. Against Köln, it seemed that the Dutch winger was everywhere on the field. He covered so much ground and was so dangerous that Köln were forced to double team (and even quintuple team once) him in an attempt to stifle his creativity.
I remember Xabi Alonso losing the ball once. That's really it. The Spanish maestro once again "quarterbacked" the field to hep Bayern control the match and walk away with all three points. Alonso broke a record that Thiago set last season for the most touches ever in a Bundesliga match. His impact on the team has been evident in every single match thus far. It's going to be interesting to see how Guardiola manages his minutes going forward.
This is the Mario Götze that I have been expecting to see in a Bayern Munich shirt since the day he signed. He's making runs off the ball to get into great positions to create, and he's finding his teammates making runs off of him when he has the ball. I'll give him an assist for the own goal, so a goal and an assist performance coming off the heels of his performance against Paderborn. Keep it up, Mario.