After midweek’s heart-breaking exit from Europe’s most prestigious tournament, Bayern Munich fans were treated with a more enjoyable result in today’s game against Mainz 05. The second consecutive 6-0 victory in the league means that Bayern puts added pressure on Dortmund yet again by significantly increasing their goal difference.
The whole team did its part on this rainy afternoon, yet, here are the performances who deserves a special mention:
Jersey Swap: Jean-Philippe Gbamin
Mainz was today, to put it nicely, nowhere near their best. Hence, giving out the Jersey Swap award proved to be a tricky task. I chose Gbamin mainly because he has been praised by many for his season so far and you saw, in glimpses, that the 23-year-old Ivorian has the potential to go far. Calm in possession, Gbamin was the main reason Mainz was able to get back into the game after Lewandowski’s 4th-minute opener. After the second Bayern goal, Gbamin, like all of his teammates, had a difficult game, yet, it is clear that the RC Lens youth product has talent.
Tip of the Cap: Alphonso Davies
I had to give the young Canadian a special shout-out. Yes, the game was already finished before he came on and no, his goal meant nothing in terms of the outcome of the game. However, he became the youngest Bayern goal-scorer since Roque Santa Cruz scored in August 1999 and the first-ever Canadian goal scorer for Bayern.
18 years after being born in a refugee camp, the young man has defied the odds against him by scoring for one of the greatest football clubs in the world. His road to Allianz Arena is nothing less but touching and inspiring, here is to many more Alphonso!
Golf Clap: Kingsley Coman
If Coman can remain relatively injury-free throughout his career, the sky is the limit for the Paris native. Bayern’s best player the first half, Coman’s quick feet is incredibly enjoyable to watch and today it was effective. Coman’s goal was one of the best solo efforts the Bayern fans has seen this week and the Frenchmen was unlucky as he was denied by the crossbar when Bayern was only ahead with one.
Standing Ovation: Leon Goretzka
What an incredible creative assist by Leon to James during the 2-0 goal. World-class bit of play from a player who had a great ninety minutes. Together with Thiago, Goretzka controlled the midfield during the whole game by not letting Mainz breathe while in possession and with continuously creative forward passes. Letting Thiago sit back, Goretzka was the more offensive out of the two today, and it is a position that suits him perfectly.
Meister of the Match: James Rodriguez
Who else? James first hat-trick for Bayern should provide even more headache to his current situation with the club. Invisible against Liverpool, James responded in the best possible way with a flawless performance. His link-up play with Bayern’s front three was especially enjoyable to watch. It really does seem that he is at his very best when the offensive momentum goes through him. Three excellent finishes by the Colombian is enough for him to get the Meister of the Match.