Bayern played a good game and deservedly won against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in a game that will, unfortunately, be more remembered for yet another Kingsley Coman injury. In what can only be described as a cruel twist of fate, Coman’s injury happened in a game in which the result had no importance. Nevertheless, today meant that Bayern is back to winning ways and the 3-1 victory at the Allianz is one that is beneficial to squad spirit.
Going into today’s game with two back-to-back losses in the Bundesliga, Bayern and Hansi Flick needed a good performance to prove to supporters and themselves that the 2019/20 season is not over yet. Bayern dominated the entire length of the game, apart from the ten minutes after Coman’s injury when the players seemed shell-shocked after seeing their teammate hit the ground the way he did. Tottenham used that momentum to score a lucky goal, though Flick’s Bayern managed to play themselves back into the game and ended their 2019/20 Champions League group-stage campaign in style.
Here are BFW’s match awards from today’s match:
Jersey Swap: Ryan Sessegnon
The bright spark in a very lackluster Spurs team, Sessegnon brought pace and purpose on the left side of the Spurs’ midfield and left Manuel Neuer with no chance with his calm finish. Even though he seemed tired in the second half, Sessegnon should be satisfied with how he performed in his first-ever start for the North London team. He is only 19 years old and has a great career ahead of him.
Tip of the cap: Serge Gnabry
Bayern’s master chef has had much better games in the Bayern jersey, yet he was involved in two out of the three goals for Bayern, proving his overall quality. His assist to Coman was a thing of beauty and something only a world-class talent can produce. Gnabry was unlucky not to get on the score sheet, as he hit the post in the first half. He undeniably makes Bayern’s final third much better with his presence.
Golf clap: Thiago
It was a game that suited the Spanish maestro perfectly. Spurs dropped back, allowing both Thiago and Joshua Kimmich time and space on the ball, a privilege they both used well. Thiago seemed as calm as ever on the ball and did his part defensively. A good game from a player who has not been on the top of his game this season.
Standing ovation: Alphonso Davies
What a month for the young Canadian who has not been affected by Bayern’s tough first half of the season. Davies was forced into an unfamiliar position due to Bayern’s injury problems and he once again showed how well he can pull it off. His speedy recovery run to catch a lightning-quick Heung-min Son, who had just been subbed into the game (!), proves the physical potential this young man has. As of right now, he is Bayern’s best signing of 2019.
WOW. Watch Alphonso Davies speed and recovery run here to catch Son. 20 yards. Been excellent at LB for Bayern the last month and a half. pic.twitter.com/R37KoI38lb— Stu Holden (@stuholden) December 11, 2019
Meister of the match: Philippe Coutinho
The best performance in the game happened to be by the player who needed it most. It has been a tough start for the Brazilian magician in Munich, although it is clear he has the potential to produce world-class performances. Today was a needed confidence boost for the Rio de Janeiro native. Coutinho was Bayern’s main threat throughout the game and was unlucky he did not score more than one. His technique, passing ability, and long-range shooting is world-class quality. More performances like this could make the difference between winning and losing in the later stages of the UEFA Champions League.