It may not be the international break, but news concerning Bayern Munich has slowed to the point that we might as well be in one. Maybe that’s a good sign, a mark of the stability Hansi Flick has brought to the team, but it still makes life difficult for us as a fan blog to keep bringing you the daily Bayern content you crave.
Luckily, Spox has come out with a list of Bayern players in order of top speed, from slowest to fastest, as measured in game. To save you the trouble of clicking through a 21-page slideshow, here are all the players in descending order of speed:
- Kingsley Coman — 35.66 kph
- Alphonso Davies — 34.76 kph
- Ivan Perisic — 34.18 kph
- Jerome Boateng — 33.74 kph
- Corentin Tolisso — 33.43 kph
- Robert Lewandowski — 33.41 kph
- Serge Gnabry — 33.20 kph
- Niklas Sule — 33.18 kph
- Lucas Hernandez — 33.10 kph
- David Alaba & Philippe Coutinho — 32.66 kph
- Thomas Muller — 32.63 kph
- Benjamin Pavard — 32.53 kph
- Joshua Kimmich — 32.49 kph
- Leon Goretzka — 32.27 kph
- Renato Sanches — 31.99 kph
- Javi Martinez — 31.55 kph
- Thiago Alcantara — 30.69 kph
- Mikael Cuisance — 30.43 kph
- Manuel Neuer — 29.64 kph
The big surprises
- Kingsley Coman is actually faster than Alphonso Davies. It may not be by much, but it looks like Coman is still the speed king of Bayern Munich. However, Davies has spent the season playing at left-back, a position that doesn’t use his blistering pace to its full potential. Maybe a move to the wing could help him dethrone Coman from the top spot?
- Jerome Boateng is Bayern’s fastest defender. Given that we now have both Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Süle on this team, it’s pretty surprising that Jerome Boateng is still the fastest defender at Bayern Munich. Of course, technically Davies is a defender too, but we’re talking about center-backs here. Maybe Sule needs to lay off the döner.
- Serge Gnabry is slower than Robert Lewandowski. More weird than surprising — it’s counter-intuitive that a team’s striker would be faster than the winger. However, Gnabry relies more on acceleration than raw pace, so that may explain his low top speed in comparison to the physical monster that is Lewy.
- Leon Goretzka is slower than Thomas Müller. The fact that Thomas Müller is faster than anyone is a big surprise, given how awkward he looks while running. Maybe Goretzka should pick up the pace.
- Renato Sanches is still on the list. Apparently Sanches played 5 minutes in the Bundesliga this season and that’s enough to qualify him for the list. Sanches is a pretty speedy player at full tilt, so the lack of minutes probably explains why he’s so low.