Tip of the Cap: Mats Hummels. There’s this big pesky thing on the end of Bayern’s 8-0 scoreline against Hamburg. Namely the 0. That zero had a huge part to do with the way Mats Hummels controlled his area both on offense and one defense.
Did you know he had the most passes on the team? In addition, he notched four interceptions to go with two tackles and didn’t commit a single foul all game. Yes, Hamburg’s attack was hot garbage but Hummels never set a foot wrong and he was the defensive platform upon which Bayern Munich built this performance.
Golf Clap: Kingsley Coman. Kingsley Coman. Prior to his 55th minute introduction, Kingsley Coman had played just over 450 minutes this entire season. A year after logging nearly 2400 minutes, 6 goals, and 12 assists under Pep Guardiola, Coman has been a barely used piece of Bayern’s squad under Ancelotti.
While he’s been injured, it has been a far cry from last season. Today should be his turnaround as Coman was lightning in a bottle. He notched two goals including a fantastic individual run on a long ball over the top as well as a fantastic leaping volley that split two Hamburg defenders and rooted Rene Adler to his spot.
Standing Ovation: Robert Lewandowski. Robert Lewandowski’s Hat Trick BBQ Rub: Mix equal parts early goals and intense pressing with a splash of paprika and penalty calls. Allow dry rub to season for 20 minutes and add another goal. Grill for 40 minutes. Season with more goals.
Meister of the Match: Thomas Müller. This might be the first time that in a game with eight goals, the Meister of the Match did not score a single one. What Thomas Müller did do is notch two official assists, earn the penalty from which Robert Lewandowski scored his first of three, and was the recipient of two incredible passes on long runs between Hamburg lines that directly created goals from rebounds (Lewandowski in the 42nd and Comanin the 69th).
More than that Müller was everywhere in the offensive half of the field for Bayern. He was pressing, he was disruptive and the space allowed to him by Thiago playing deep allowed Müller to do what he does best; run and run and run and wreck the opposition at every turn. This is the Thomas Müller that we’ve been waiting to see every game under Carlo Ancelotti.