Jersey Swap: Uros Spajic. The 24-year-old Serbian central defender was consistently good under pressure. He finished with game-high totals in both clearances (13) and interceptions (4). At 6-feet-2, Spajic cuts an imposing figure and would not look out of place next to Niklas Sule or playing against Bayern for another team in the Bundesliga.
Tip of the Cap: Rafinha. Pressed into service at left back with the injuries to David Alaba and Juan Bernat, Rafinha did what he does best in terms of solid, largely mistake-free play over 90 minutes. Rafinha was second to Thiago Alcantara with 122 touches and completed 91.7 percent of passes. Rafinha combined with Thiago, who had 137 touches, to control and essentially dominate the left side.
Golf Clap: James Rodriguez. The Colombian linked with Thiago and Corentin Tolisso in a formidable triad in Bayern’s 4-2-3-1 formation with James deployed in the playmaking role. James also displayed some jaw-dropping athleticism.
Levitate, levitate, levitate, levitate. @jamesdrodriguez #UCL pic.twitter.com/IDwRhWSXU5— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) September 12, 2017
James also showed his deft passing ability with a lofted pass over the defense to Arjen Robben in the 60th minute that produced a scoring chance.
Standing Ovation: Thiago Alcantara. The Spanish midfielder was Bayern’s most consistent player. Everything ran through Thiago, take a look at a plot of his touches:
Meister of the Match: Joshua Kimmich. The German defender started slow, it would be impossible to blame him if he felt fatigued as he has become an automatic 90-minute player for club and country. Kimmich began to impose his will in the second half, however, setting up Thiago’s goal in the 65th minute with a whipped, pinpoint cross. He then completed the proceedings with a goal that saw him deftly round the goalkeeper with the kind of footwork not often associated with a fullback, even one as capable as Kimmich in attack.
Cool as you like from Joshua! pic.twitter.com/iafOpkkoYO— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) September 13, 2017