Tip of the Cap: Arjen Robben – With Gladbach sitting so deep most of the game, Bayern needed to win in one-on-one situations. Robben often did, and it opened things up in the final third. He hit the woodwork in the first half, and could not quite beat Yann Sommer in the second. Everyone saw how angry he was when he came off, and his constant drive had the Bayern bench in stitches.
Golf Clap: Javi Martinez – Gladbach did not counter well despite getting the ball quickly up the field once gaining possession. Martinez was the one hampering their breaks, intercepting the ball seven times. Pace usually undoes him since he turns as quickly as an aircraft carrier, but he came to play on Sunday.
Standing Ovation: Thomas Müller – With Robert Lewandowski bottled up for most of the game, Müller showed up in a big way for Bayern in the final third. Not only did he score the winning goal – with two fabulous Müller-esque touches – but he was also making great runs for Robben, Ribery and Thiago to find. His second goal of the season was well deserved, and it looks like his form is starting to come around.
Meister of the Match: Thiago – He showed again why he is Bayern’s most valuable player whenever he plays. Not only was his passing game on point – seven of his nine long balls were on the money – but he also had five interceptions and three tackles, one crucial one on Raffael as the game was coming to a close. Bayern clearly wanted to just escape Gladbach with a victory, and Thiago allowed them to do that.
Jersey Swap: Josip Drmic – He hasn’t had the best of times since leaving Nuremberg, but he energized a stagnant Gladbach team from the bench. He was second on the team in shots despite playing less than a half an hour, and he was the best chance Gladbach had to getting a point out of the game.