Jersey Swap: VfL Bochum
I couldn’t pick out an individual player so the entire team gets the award tonight. Defensively, they were able to hold on for 80+ minutes against a FC Bayern side that put 7 goals across Tottenham. It was truly a great defensive showing against Bayern. All things considered, one can logically claim Bochum was the better side for 80+ minutes.
Tip of the Cap: Kingsley Coman & Robert Lewandowski
Coman struggled mightily during the first half, but in the second half he was able to come alive. Giving the assist for Müller’s goal and the secondary assist for Gnabry’s goal, he was able to make up for a relatively poor first half. He showed that he still has what it takes to be a creative force.
Lewandowski, from the second he came on, was able to impose his will. Offensively speaking, Bayern was able to create much more significant opportunities. His ability to draw defenders and create gaps was paramount in Bayern’s ability to overcome a late 1-0 deficit.
Golf Clap: Jérôme Boateng
It seems like Boateng is getting back to his regular self. And boy am I glad we didn’t sell him. Given the injuries of Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Süle, we have needed Boateng, and he has looked like his 2014-2015 self. He was concise defensively, making good attacking long balls. Boateng is back and he is here to stay for the foreseeable future.
Standing Ovation: Thomas Müller
The Raumdeuter: the man, the myth, the legend. Müller instantaneously was able to impose his offensive will when appeared on the field. His goal was absolutely incredible as was it the game winner in a match in which Bayern played at the level their opposition. Müller was creative, created space, and most importantly was in the correct position when the team needed him to be.
Meister of the Match: Serge Gnabry
Gnabry. Yet again he was our best offensive player. He is incredible and quite frankly an incredible transfer steal — after Lewandowski, of course. He was lethal in his attacking runs and rarely was he a liability, if at all. He scored the all important first goal late in the second half when Bayern absolutely needed a goal. I’d go as far as to argue that he’s one of Bayern's essential players and a lock in any starting XI due to his consistently elite performances.