Jersey Swap: Manfred Starke
Rather than reward goalkeeper Raphael Koczor for blocking several, but hardly all, of Bayern's 18 shots, we will swap jerseys with striker Manfred Starke, who was responsible for 5 out of Jena's 9 shots. Starke did his best to capitalize on the few chances Jena had all game and tested Neuer directly several times, including a dangerous shot early in the second half. Of course, beating Bayern's midfield, then back line, and then Manuel Neuer proved just too much for Jena, but they certainly made more runs than many teams who merely park the bus.
Tip of the Cap: Franck Ribery
The fiery Frenchman just beats out Thomas Müller for the tip of the cap, roving wantonly all over the left wing and butting heads - or rather elbows - with Jena’s Matthias Kühne. Ribery kept his cool where it mattered, though, and dealt two cold-blooded assists to Robert Lewandowski (Müller had one) in the first half. He set up two further shots and took two himself, giving an outstanding all-around offensive performance. Stay fiery, mon ami.
Golf Clap: Joshua Kimmich
Playing in the midfield alongside Philipp Lahm and Arturo Vidal, young Joshua Kimmich was the linchpin of Bayern’s midfield. He led the team in touches (121) and just fell short of Lahm for pass accuracy (92% and 93% respectively). But whereas Lahm played relatively conservatively, and Vidal characteristically aggressively, Kimmich had the best of both worlds, taking a shot and preparing two others, and winning an assist on a perfect corner-kick headed in by Mats Hummels. It’s tough to pick and choose from such a fantastic midfield, but Kimmich was the best overall.
Standing Ovation: Javi Martinez
Jena struggled to mount any offense against Bayern. They even struggled to get the ball, ending the day with a paltry 29% possession. But, to their credit, when they did get the ball, they made a few dangerous runs, only to come up against a red brick wall: Javi. Playing back centrally with Alaba ahead left, Javi was simply dominant and shut down everything that came his way. He won 100% of his duels and even took a shot at Jena’s goal. He only played 50 minutes, but by then the game was over.
Meister of the Match: Robert Lewandowski
Lewy today put on a masterclass of minimalist efficiency, netting a first-half hat-trick off of five shots and about 25 touches. Even as the pace of the match ground to a halt around the hour mark, Lewy remained hot: with a perfect touch, he delivered an effortless cross to teammate Vidal for Bayern’s fourth goal of the day. Jena’s porous defense could not react in time to Lewandowski’s runs and positioning, and he made them pay. He also had the space to show off some fancy footwork and passing - 90% accuracy today. Not bad for a striker!