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David (Alaba) the Goliath: Bayer Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich Match Awards

A few players put in good performances, but the best player on the day wore the other jersey.

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Tip Of The Cap: Holger Badstuber. #28 did a fine job as the sole CB on the day. He anchored the Bayern line very well, winning lots of balls in the air on a day where many people expected Bayern to get trounced in aerial duels. It wasn't the flashiest of games for the big German, but it was a solid, important performance.

Golf Clap: Thomas Müller. His substitution changed the game. The way he works space is just brilliant, and going up against a tired Leverkusen back line later in the game, Müller found plenty of space. Within 10 minuted of him coming on, he found himself in space for two amazing chances on goal... unfortunately, he couldn't take either chance, as he seemed to leave his finishing boots at home. If he had put the ball in the net, he easily gets the honor of MOTM.

Standing Ovation: Kingsley Coman.In the first half, Bayern struggled a bit at times to create quality chances, but that certainly isn't due to a lack of effective work by the promising young Frenchman. Coman was immense down both flanks, beating whoever had the misfortune of marking him for pace at every turn. He also seems to have worked on his final ball over the break, with his balls in key areas creating quite a bit of danger. I daresay that on the day, he was more dangerous than the Flying Dutchman on the flanks.

Meister Of The Match: David Alaba.  The young Austrian was all over the pitch tonight. On paper, he slotted in to the fullback position Bayern fans have loved seeing him in for the last several years. In reality, he was up in to the attack very regularly making a team high in both key-passes and passing accuracy, and also found his way across the back line, making a team-high 5 interceptions. Alaba was everywhere today, showing off why he is one of the best all-purpose players in the world.

Jersey Swap: Ömer Toprak. Don't let the zero on the score-sheet fool you; Bayern were very active in the final third, mostly in the second half. Unfortunately for the Rekordmeisters, the Turkish defender was more than up to the task though, cutting out balls, making crisp (and usually clean) tackles, and generally frustrating the usually high-flying Bayern attack. He was without a doubt the best player on the pitch tonight.

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