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Match Awards for Bayern Munich’s frustrating 1-1 draw with Ajax

There were few bright spots for the Bavarian giants following a frustrating night at the Allianz Arena.

MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 2: Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munchen during the UEFA Champions League match between Bayern Munchen v Ajax at the Allianz Arena on October 2, 2018 in Munich Germany.
Neuer saves.
Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images

Jersey Swap: Dusan Tadic

The former Southampton man terrorized the Bayern Munich defense all night, providing an assist and creating a few dangerous chances that Bayern was lucky to stop. His success was indicative of just how shambolic Bayern’s team defending was on the day. Honestly, anyone from the Ajax attack could have been selected for this award. They ran circles around the Die Roten backline.

Tip of the Cap: Thomas Muller

Thomas Muller was his normal active and dangerous self. He is arguably one of the best pressing attackers in the world as he dispossessed and frustrated the Ajax defense. Unfortunately, the Raumdeuter and Robert Lewandowski were forced to face a packed box due to the limited support coming from different areas of the pitch.

Golf Clap: Mats Hummels

Mats Hummels scored and made a few key tackles to save the day for Bayern. It was good to see him get his header in the back of the net and his movement to get open in the box was impressive. He was complicit in Bayern’s poor defensive shape, but him and his partner Jerome Boateng did what they could to keep the Ajax attack at bay.

Standing Ovation: The Substitutes

James Rodriguez and Serge Gnabry came on and made an immediate impact on the match. Neither could execute the finishing blow, but the attack looked the best it had all day with the pair on the field. Both should have started the match and might become frustrated with their current roles if those in front of them continue to disappoint. The creativity and energy they bring the this team is vital.

Meister of the Match: Manuel Neuer

Thank the soccer gods for Manuel Neuer.

The German international came up time and time again with big saves and clearances to keep the Bavarian giants in the match. He was peppered with shots and showed composure on the ball as is the norm for the OG sweeper keeper. He looks to be returning to his best following a frustrating year. If the rest of the team can pull their weight, anything is possible with Neuer between the posts.

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