Bayern Munich had an amazing day — three points in their pocket and a performance well worth praise. Almost every player had a good match so it was really hard to choose few of them. Without further ado, here are today’s match awards!
Jersey swap: Michael Esser
Bayern had 33 shots today which is 11 times more than Hannover had. 12 shots were off target, while 14 were on target. Even though Esser conceded 4 goals today, he managed to save Hannover from a even bigger disaster, especially with his saves to deny Thomas Muller a goal. Hannover can consider themselves lucky because Esser had a phenomenal match today.
Tip of the cap: Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski worked really hard today and he was rewarded with a goal. He could have probably scored a few more, but luck wasn’t on his side. But nevertheless, the Poland international had an amazing day and it is pleasing to see him in form. With his goal today, he climbed on top of the Bundesliga scorers list with 10 goals. He shares the spot with Borussia Dortmund’s Paco Alcacer and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jović, although both of them have them have played fewer minutes than him.
Golf clap: Serge Gnabry
It seems that Gnabry can run forever, and he showed us that today. He was everywhere throughout the game and was often helping Joshua Kimmich in defense while bringing danger to Hannover’s goal.
After a clumsy touch, the young winger managed to put the ball behind Esser’s back. He had six shots in total and three of them were on target and every single one of them was quite dangerous. After a underwhelming performance against Ajax, it is good to see him back at his best. That being said, Hannover wasn’t much of a sparring partner.
Standing ovation: Joshua Kimmich
We are getting quite used to seeing Kimmich mentioned in a positive manner throughout this year. With a tremendous volley goal and an assist to his name, he once again showed us why he’s so valuable to Bayern.
When Kimmich plays in midfield, he exceptional and could come in handy when some midfielders are injured, but when he plays right-back he is just world class. It seems to me that Bayern generally plays better when Kimmich plays at right-back, both defensively and offensively. Today’s performance is a proof of that.
Meister of the match: Thiago Alcantara
Or should I say mastermind of the match? Thiago also made his first start since returning from injury and WHAT a game he played!
The Spaniard bossed the midfield the for whole 90 minutes and made some moves worthy of a YouTube compilation just from this match. He managed a 97% pass success with 3 key passes. This is what Bayern have missed in their recent games — the composure and stability that only Thiago can offer.