Jersey Swap: Timo Horn
Even though FC Köln had already been relegated from the Bundesliga that didn’t stop star goalkeeper Timo Horn from signing a new contract extension keeping him at the club until 2023. Even though Bayern Munich scored three times against him, Horn was not at fault for any of them. He even managed a top class save off a Robert Lewandowski header late in the first half that seemed destined for the back of the net. “FC is my club and Cologne is my home,” said Horn earlier this week of him signing an extension with Köln rather than jumping ship. Admirable indeed.
Tip Of The Cap: Sven Ulreich
It only took a few minutes for the Bayern keeper to get into the game and he was up for the task, parrying away a dangerous shot with his first action of the match. Anyone who follows Bayern or the Champions League is aware by now of the mistake against Real Madrid that led to a Karim Benzema tap in goal. His teammates have been quick to support their keeper but nothing helps confidence like a solid performance. Ulreich provided that today.
Golf Clap: Rafinha
The Brazilian may not have rampaged up and down the flanks all to often but he was still able to make an impact offensively while being steady at the back. The fullback had the second assist on Bayern’s first two goals with typical Rafinha style plays where he linked up with Thomas Müller. The first was a finely placed cross to the back post and then, just two minutes later, Rafinha beat his man and then danced into the box before threading a pass into the six yard box that began the sequence for the ultimate game winning margin. Frankly, Bayern was looking rather uninterested until Rafinha sparked them to life and from then on it was cruise control to victory.
Standing Ovation: James Rodriguez
Another start for James and he delivered with a goal and assist while providing some solid link up play with his team leading number of touches. He was able to sneak into the box and was the first to react to put away an excellent headed cross from Müller for the opening goal. James then iced the game with a pinpoint cross with his cultured left foot directly to the head of an unmarked Corentin Tolisso that put the game out of reach.
Meister Of The Match: Thomas Müller
The inspirational leader of Bayern Munich was at it again with another match leading performance. Calm and confident throughout his 74 minutes on the field with an excellent array of touches and dangerous crosses that caused Köln constant trouble. It was Müller that helped break the deadlock with his aforementioned misdirectional header to James that had the defense unsuccessfully scrambling. Even more impressive was his hold up play on the second goal where he had his back to goal, held off a defender that was draped all over him, and managed a backwards pass that Robert Lewandowski was easily able to finish. Another star performance from the fan favorite.
May 5, 2018