Thiago Alcantara is the world’s best midfielder.
For my money, there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Thiago Alcantara is the best midfielder in the entire world. No one on Bayern Munich has been as consistent in their greatness as Thiago has been throughout this season. If Bayern are going to make a run to the Champions League Final, they’re going to be led from the midfield by Thiago.
Javi Martinez is Bayern’s defensive rock.
In a season that was supposed to feature Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels anchoring the Bayern Munich backline, that duty has turned to one man, and it’s neither of them. Javi Martinez has emerged as the best Bayern centerback throughout this entire season, and at this point, it would be tough for Carlo Ancelotti to dump Martinez from the lineup in favor of either player.
Fully-recovered-from-injury Juan Bernat is fun.
Juan Bernat isn’t a perfect defensive left back. However, when he’s running at full speed at opposing defenses, the man is a blast to watch. While his goal was somewhat lucky with the deflection, his more impressive play happened on Franck Ribery’s goal. The pass wasn’t the impressive part, as it was a relatively simple layoff. The run to get into position to receive the initial pass and then draw the defenders toward him was the impressive part. Great work, Juan.
The King of France has returned.
When Franck Ribery was brought on for the injured Douglas Costa, let’s not act like all of us didn’t simultaneously fist pump. Obviously, not for Costa’s injury (Please, let it be nothing significant.), but for the fact that King of France was back on the field for Bayern. The late goal that he scored is a huge a confidence booster for Ribery and Carlo Ancelotti as the season starts to get to the most important matches.
What’s wrong with Robert Lewandowski?
Robert Lewandowski failed to find the back of the net against Köln. What’s going on with him? Oh wait. It was the first time in the last five matches that he’s failed to score. Lewandowski is just fine. In fact, his presence in the penalty area in the attack is so daunting that opposing defenses are, at a minimum, putting their best centerback on him with another defender shadowing him close by. He’s great. Book him for a goal or two on Tuesday against Arsenal.