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Ribery or Thiago? Post-match awards from Bayern's win over Hertha BSC

It was a close race for Meister of the Match, but Thiago takes the top honors with a goal, an assist, and an all-around complete game.

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Jersey Swap: Fabian Lustenberger

It was tough finding someone that really stood out in Hertha's game, so dominant was Bayern's possession in this game (a whopping 76%) and so weak was the Berlin players' ability to do anything useful with the ball, the few times they did get it.  The Swiss defensive midfielder probably was the only one in blue that had a decent game, with the second-most touches on his team, and a very good 94% passing accuracy.

Tip Of The Cap: David Alaba

You can see that Alaba loves to play the left side with his "big brother" Franck Ribery, as the two buddies ran roughshod over Berlin's right side of the defense.  This may have been the Austrian's best game so far this season, as he made his patented runs down the line all day long, and combined on plays beautifully with the Frenchman, driving their opponents crazy.  He would register an assist on the eventual game-winner, and, other than one bad backpass that led to a...let's call it a chance..., Alaba kept his side clean in the process.

Golf Clap: Arturo Vidal

As we've come to expect, the Chilean was all over the field again today.  He would spend an unusual amount of time on the left side, behind Alaba, but, of course, he could be found everywhere, helping to clean up in the back, offering himself up as a passing option, distributing the ball well, and providing the necessary toughness that a finesse team like Bayern needs.  Is anyone surprised that he led the team in fouls, got the only yellow card of the game, won all five of his aerial battles, and intercepted a team-high five passes?  Just another lunch-bucket workday for King Arturo.

Standing Ovation: Franck Ribery

Who said the little Frenchman is old and done?  Apparently nobody told him.  Ribery did his best impression of the Tazmanian Devil (sans the anger today), whirling, twisting and running through the Hertha defense at will.  There were rumors that RB Peter Pekarik was still dizzy after getting spun around on Franck's delectable dribble in the box. which culminated in the opening goal.  His score was amazing, and his overall game made him look like he was in his twenties again.

Meister Of The Match: Thiago Alcantara

It was a close battle for the MOTM with Ribery, but the overall game that the Spaniard put on today, with three shots (two on target), a goal, an assist, and superb defensive work, while consistently dispossessing Berlin's players all over the field, tipped the scales in his favor.  He had the second-most touches (142), the second-highest pass percentage (93.4%), and it's always a joy to watch how effortlessly this man handles the ball.  Like Alaba, this was probably his best performance of the season so far, and showcased what an asset he is to this team when he is on form.

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