Jersey Swap: Fin Bartels. Difficult to pick a standout performer from an overall lackluster Bremen performance, but Bartels was one of the only players on the pitch for the home side that gave Bayern any real trouble. His forward runs were full of purpose but he hardly had any targets to aim for in Bayern’s penalty box each and every time he got forward. He always looked to be one of the most eager players going forward every time Bremen tried to spring a counterattack.
Tip of the Cap: Arturo Vidal. Alongside Thiago and Corentin Tolisso in the center of Bayern’s midfield, Vidal was the strongest of the three in that area of the pitch. Thiago looked off the pace a bit coming back from his injury and Tolisso gave away possession cheaply on a number of occasions, though he did come close to scoring in the 7th minute when his volleyed effort rattled the crossbar - he had an overall sound performance as well. It was Vidal’s clever diagonal ball that found Coman in a bit of space before playing in the cross to Lewandowski for Bayern’s opener. It was the type of performance we’ve routinely grown accustomed to expecting from Vidal in these types of matches where possession is overwhelmingly in Bayern’s favor.
Golf Clap: Mats Hummels. Alongside Süle at the back, Hummels was an impenetrable wall for the better part of the 90 minutes. He looked lively every time he won the ball in Bayern’s defensive third and was quick to spring defense into attack. He won almost every aerial duel that he was involved in both the defensive and attacking third, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Standing Ovation: Joshua Kimmich. Yet another solid performance from the 22-year old. Kimmich routinely got forward on the right flank to join in on Bayern’s attack and was defensively sound. The longer Bayern went without scoring, the more the frustration grew, but Kimmich was constantly another option in the attacking third with his overlapping runs on the right flank. Kimmich’s effort just before the stroke of halftime went only inches wide, too. Arugably could’ve gone to Coman, too, who really made a difference in the match after coming on for Robben in the 64th minute.
Meister of the Match: Robert Lewandowski. No surprises here. Despite going quiet for sporadic stretches in the match, it was our main man up front who provided the two finishes to give Bayern the three points away from home. Bremen arguably had an offside shout for Lewy’s first goal in the 72nd minute after he heeled in Coman’s low cross, but the goal stood and it provided the opener that Bayern were so desperately searching for - Coman had done exceptionally well to get the cross in. His second finish just three minutes later found its way through two pairs of legs before finding its way to the back of the net - he’d done quite well to create a half yard of space for himself and send his left-footed shot through the legs of a befuddled Jiri Pavlenka.
That second finish, have a look:
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