Jersey Swap: Andreas Beck
Contrary to what the scoreline might suggest, the Stuttgart defender put in an impressive shift, making some crucial tackles (4) against the Bayern front line all game. His partnership with Kabak gave problems for Lewa and company. A special mention to goalkeeper Ron Robert Zieler, who was quite solid, noteworthy mentions going to the 1v1 with Mueller and the save against Alaba’s stunning shot in the second half.
Tip of the cap: Niklas Sule
Sule as rock solid on defense and made some very important tackles from just outside the box to deny a quite potent looking Stuttgart attack some good chances. He kept Donis quiet for most of the match, the only blip being a stunning solo effort from the Greek forward. Sule is asserting himself into a starting role with some world class performances.
Golf clap: David Alaba
Alaba registered two key passes and was a menace on the left all day long. His pace and passing accuracy gave fits to the Stuttgart backline in what was a very dominant performance by the left back. His rocket of a shot would’ve ended up in the back of the net but for an incredible save, and he displayed good link-up play with Coman. Alaba is putting up a good argument for the world’s most in-form left back right now.
Standing Ovation: Manuel Neuer
It may be too early for some, but I think it’s time to say, ‘Our SuperManu is back.’ Neuer put in a captain’s performance today, taking over the responsibility of the back-line, shouting orders, and supporting the defense. His two great saves on either sides of half-time added further gloss to a very solid, confident performance by the sweeper-keeper. It feels good to know that we have our captain coming to form right at the crucial part of the season.
Meister of the match: Robert Lewandowski
The Polish hitman was a menace today. But for a missed penalty, his performance was top-notch all game, making 2 key passes, 2 dribbles, 4 shots on goal and registering a goal and a well timed assist for Thiago’s goal. He worked tirelessly and dropped back very often, playing as a CM for most of the game. His unmatchable work rate was on full display today. The penalty he missed was the first one since 10th March 2018. His production is going to be crucial heading into the important part of the season.