What. A. Game. Tottenham concede 7 goals at home for the first time ever. Bayern Munich’s complete, systematic annihilation of Tottenham proves to be a statement for both Bayern and the Bundesliga.
Jersey Swap: Son Heung-min
In a game in which Tottenham was absolutely manhandled, Son scored a beautiful goal early on to give Tottenham the lead. It wouldn't last for long. Son was arguably the only bright spot for Tottenham this game.
Tip of the Cap: Joshua Kimmich
His goal was just beautiful. While there were questions about his role in the midfield, Kimmich showed up in a big way, especially offensively to start the match. In the second half, however, he made a much bigger impact by reverting back to his regular RB role in which he marshaled his side of the field. Kovac, take note. Kimmich belongs at RB. This game shows that.
Golf Clap: Thiago
It was night and day for Bayern’s midfield. Prior to Thiago’s introduction, Tottenham was running circles around Bayern’s midfield, which resulted in Tottenham’s initial goal. Following Thiago’s introduction at half-time, Bayern’s midfield began bossing Tottenham. Thiago’s benching for the first half following Kovac’s comments after his performance against Paderborn seemed to have lit a fire under Thiago’s seat. It showed in his performance today.
Standing Ovation: Manuel Neuer & Robert Lewandowski
Manuel Neuer made numerous decisive saves to keep Bayern in this game early on when it seemed like Tottenham was going to run circles around a sluggish Bayern.
Robert Lewandowski meanwhile continues his torrid start to the season by adding another two goals to his already impressive eleven in all competitions to bring his total to thirteen goals scored. Both lived up to their status in the club.
Robert Lewandowski has now scored more Champions League goals than:— 433 (@official433) October 1, 2019
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Meister of the Match: Serge Gnabry
What can I say to justify his systematic annihilation of Tottenham’s defense? 7 shots, 6 on target, 4 goals, 1 hat-trick, at Tottenham. Just an absolutely stunning performance. Gnabry arguably delivered Bayern’s best single-player offensive scoreline since Lewy’s famous 5-in-9 goal outburst vs Wolfsburg. That’s all I’ve got to say. Gnabry’s stats tell the story.
Bonus: Player ratings
Yes, we’ve brought them back! Here’s how everyone else performed today:
Benjamin Pavard: 6/10
Had an adequate performance at right back (and later left back), but nothing special. Got burned a few times in the first half but settled down as the game progressed.
Niklas Süle: 6.5/10
Same as Pavard, really. Struggled from the lack of midfield cover, but really grew into his own as the team in front of him settled down.
Jerome Boateng: 6.5/10
Probably had a better overall game than Süle, and made no serious mistakes. His injury will be a blow to Bayern.
David Alaba: 2/10
An extremely poor performance from the Austrian. You could tell he wasn’t quite fit — Alaba seemed to be a step or two behind the pace of the play at all times.
Corentin Tolisso: 4/10
A very poor performance from the Frenchman, but maybe not quite as bad as it seems. Yes, he was at fault for Spurs’ opener, but Tolisso gave a far better account of himself once Thiago came on in the second half and Joshua Kimmich went back to right-back.
Philippe Coutinho: 6.5/10
A very mixed game from the Brazilian. He struggled to get involved and was anonymous for large chunks of the match.
Ivan Perisic: 6/10
Perisic came on late in the second half and played a little under 20 minutes. An unremarkable cameo.
Javi Martinez: 5/10
Same as Perisic — an unremarkable cameo. He gets a slightly lower rating because Perisic was at least involved in a few attacking plays.
Kingsley Coman: 8/10
A very strong (if wasteful) performance from the Frenchman — he was lively but he lacked that finishing touch. Was robbed of a penalty in the second half — Champions League referees really suck. Champions of sucking.