Jersey Swap: Florian Müller
The Mainz goalkeeper was under considerable pressure throughout the game and stood tall for the most part. The 20-year old has an aggressive, gambling style that paid dividends for him in this game. Müller’s ability to trust his instincts and make early challenges on balls played into the box, probably saved Mainz from being down three or four goals by halftime. Jean-Paul Boetius’ goal was nice, but without Müller this game would have been completely lopsided.
Tip of the Cap: Robert Lewandowski
The Polish striker’s deft cross over to Thiago Alcantara to set-up the game winner was another example of how dangerous Lewandowski is in the box. The Pole’s inspired play and his willingness to both create and finish is one of his defining attributes as a striker. Joshua Kimmich received strong consideration here as Bayern’s right back extraordinaire was superb on the day offensively. Kimmich’s assist on Leon Goretzka’s tremendous volley goal was excellent, but Lewandowski ultimately got the nod.
Golf Clap: Leon Goretzka
Despite leaving the game with an injury early in the second half, Goretzka was there to give Bayern a first half lead with a terrific volley off a feed from Kimmich. Goretzka was absolutely more involved than his other recent performances and looked at home during interplay with likes of Kimmich, Lewandowski, and Thomas Müller. Only sullied by leaving the game with an off-the-ball injury, Goretzka was having the type of performance that Bayern expected upon his arrival from Schalke over the summer.
Standing Ovation: Thomas Müller
Müller’s work rate, creativity, and playmaking was tremendous on the day. Though he was held off the scoresheet, Müller initiated several chances that could have easily resulted in first half goals. This was the exact sort of effort that Bayern needs from one of its top players. Müller looked more confident and assertive than he has in recent weeks and eventually his hard work helped wear down the Mainz defense via constant pressure.
Meister of the Match: Thiago Alcantara
The Spaniard put home the game winner off of a terrific feed from Lewandowski and easily could have had a brace for the game if not for a disallowed first half effort. Playing more forward with Javi Martinez also in the lineup, Thiago, who made some excellent runs into the box, was solid in maintaining possession and also thwarting almost any Mainz effort to breakthrough the midfield area. It was yet another solid performance from the midfield maestro.