Tip Of The Cap: Thiago Alcantara. Thiago demonstrated his devotion to the club by signing an extension this past week and then proved the Bayern front office knew what they were doing with his performance today. Lining up as a center mid, he more than held his own against Leverkusen and was a big reason for Bayern maintaining 65% possession. Thiago was astute in the middle of the field and on the back end, breaking up several Bayer counter attacks before they could get off the ground
Golf Clap: Thomas Müller. Anytime you get a brace against a team with the quality of Leverkusen, you deserve a spot on the awards. Thomas was his usual self, creating chances that may not have looked pretty, but were none the less effective. He had a game high four shots and showed a great chemistry with both of his wingers Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa.
Standing Ovation: David Alaba. Due to the shortage of defenseman, Alaba had to take his traditional role as a left back, rather than an attacking wing as he had been accustomed to in recent seasons. Today, against a very capable Leverkusen attack, Alaba showed his versatility by being stellar on the back line. He had the second most passes of anyone on the team, which he completed with 92% accuracy, including five of eight of the long ball variety. But his most crucial play came when he headed away a shot from Karim Bellarabi that had rebounded off Neuer. If that had gone in would have leveled the game at 1-1.
Meister Of The Match: Douglas Costa. Once again, Costa has proven to be the biggest and best under the radar signing for any club over the entire summer. The 24 year old Brazilian showed pace, skill and tenacity that Leverkusen, quite simply, had no answer for. The opening goal in the 26th minute may have come off a fantastic touch from Thomas Müller, but it was all Costa. He bullied the Bayer defender and fired off the cross to Müller's boot with the defenseman draped on top of him. It's safe to say that whatever learning curve he needed since coming from Shakhtar Donetsk has been long shattered.