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Post-match awards from Bayern Munich’s 1-1 draw vs. Hoffenheim

Bayern were very average on Saturday, but these players were at least above average.

Bayern Muenchen v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Bundesliga Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Tip of the Cap: Thomas Müller. He did not start in his third consecutive Bundesliga match, but when Carlo Ancelotti wanted to tweak the formation, Müller’s name was at the top of his mind. His scoring drought continued though, but after hitting the bar just before full time, one can see it was not for a lack of trying.

Golf Clap: Mats Hummels. The ball did not come off his foot as well as it has in the past, but his determination almost won Bayern the game. Once he started coming forward, Bayern started to have a real chance to score. He is still adjusting to his new life in Munich, but there does seem to be a level of improvement.

Standing Ovation: Douglas Costa. It was not one of his best performance, but in a very average team, he was one of the players who stood out. He tried to get too tricky at times but some of his tricks, but the ball was still menacing off his foot. He put in nine crosses throughout the game, but not all of them were top quality.

Meister of the Match: Xabi Alonso. He may be slow, but he is never lazy. Alonso covered more ground than any Bayern player and won the ball to stop a break or two. Many wonder how he can get a game, but one just has to look at his effort on Saturday to see the effort he still brings to the pitch.

Jersey Swap: Kerem Demirbay. He was acquired from Hamburg in the summer, and he is quickly becoming one of Hoffenheim’s most important players. He was the most active of Julian Nagelsmann’s players on Saturday, and he was a centerpiece to all of their attacking efforts. When it comes to box-to-box midfielders, Nagelsmann is not going to find one much better.

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