Jersey Swap: Scott Brown. The Scottish midfielder and Celtic captain returned from a hamstring injury and provided some solid, steady spine in the Bhoys’ midfield. Brown is easily comparable to Bayern’s Sebastian Rudy in terms of passing accuracy as he completed 53 of 55 passes (96 percent) during the match.
Tip of the Cap: Thiago Alcantara. The Spanish midfielder might reach a point soon where his performances are so sterling that they will blend into the Bayern tapestry. Thiago was exceptional against Celtic, and it seemed like a continuation of Saturday’s Bundesliga match versus Freiburg and a recent turn for Spain against Albania in a World Cup qualifier. Thiago’s on-point passing, exploitation of minimal space to look for long-range shooting opportunities and smart tackling are becoming the bare-minimum expectation.
Golf Clap: Mats Hummels. The German defender has been in scintillating form since Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal (reportedly spurred by a five-player cabal, which included Hummels) and Jupp Heynckes’ installation at the Bayern helm. Hummels headed home an Arjen Robben corner kick for the team’s third goal and dominated a huge portion of the pitch for a central defender. Hummels finished the match with 93 total touches, which was second only to Robben (98).
Standing Ovation: Joshua Kimmich. The blasphemy of an unfair comparison between Kimmich and former Bayern and Germany captain Philipp Lahm, will not start here. There really is no need to compare them. They are unique in their own right, blessed with different skill sets, While there are moments still to miss Lahm, the ability to write Kimmich’s name in starting XI is likely a reassuring exercise for Heynckes. Kimmich, before he was substituted off late in the second half, spent another match making rampaging runs down the right side and scoring on long-range headers. Yes, coming off his cheeky back-heel goal Saturday versus Freiburg, Kimmich showed yet another way he can make an impact.
Meister of the Match: Kingsley Coman. The once-mercurial French winger is starting to put together a portfolio of performances that should actually make Franck Ribery feel fine about a potential super-sub role when he returns from injury. He’s been that good. Coman is seizing the opportunity to play consistent minutes where his blistering pace is starting to be matched ever-improving crosses, one of which set up Kimmich for his goal. Combined with his diving-header goal versus Freiburg this past weekend, and Coman will permanently remove “inconsistent” from his label that already says “talented.”