In the First Round of the DFB Pokal, Bayern Munich only just escaped catastrophe against fourth division-side, Drochtersen/Assel. The Bavarians thoroughly dominated on the day but could not unlock the opposition’s defense. Although it was a frustrating affair, Bayern can take some positives from the experience.
Jersey Swap: Meikel Klee
Klee showed heart and desire throughout the match, putting in a few decisive tackles and making life difficult for the Bayern attack. The 30-year-old right back was beaten by Ribery for the inevitable breakthrough, but he stood out on the night for his tenacity. Players like Klee are what make the DFB Pokal so unpredicatable.
Tip of the Cap: Leon Goretzka
Mats Hummels made way for Goretzka early in the second half in the hopes of bringing on a little more firepower. The German midfielder partnered masterfully with Thiago Alcantara and each provided a creative spark going forward. The ex-Schalke man seems to be finding his way in Bavaria, his movement and defensive energy were on full display. He also picked up an assist on Bayern’s only goal, as Robert Lewandowski redirected his shot into the back of the net. There is much more to come from Goretzka.
Golf Clap: Thiago
Like his midfield partner, Thiago bossed the midfield throughout the match. He continued to make incisive passes and intelligent runs, despite being frustrated by the bus in front of the goal. His long range effort in the second half was inches from being a worldy. Thiago seems to be back in top form, and he and Goretzka have the makings of a world class midfield partnership.
Standing Ovation: Thomas Muller
The Raumdeuter is back at his creative best. Manager Niko Kovac has moved him back to the center of the pitch where the German forward is able to exercise his creative license. He was everywhere today, making unpredictable runs and keeping the defense on their heels. Muller made a perfect run to finish off a cross from Kingsley Coman that was rightfully called offside thanks to Franck Ribery. If the German International’s tenth anniversary sees him return to his form of old, the Bavarians will be lethal in the attack.
Meister of the Match: Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski did what he does best today. Despite being absent for periods throughout the match he continued to find himself in goal scoring positions. His goal, a redirected Goretzka shot, highlighted just how instinctual he is. The Polish hitman continued to build on his DFL Supercup performance and is playing with a desire to prove the doubters wrong.
Tweet of the Day: @MiamiMunchen
These guys are a real pain in the Assel.— Miami München (@MiamiMunchen) August 18, 2018