Freiburg fought well against Die Roten for 90 minutes. The offensive tactical risk in the first half paid off. Freiburg pressured high and got their 10th header goal of the season thanks to a perfect finish from Lucas Höler. Bayern dominated the second half but thanks to a fantastic 45 minutes from Alexander Schwolow, the Freiburg fans got to go home with a point. Here are the BFW match awards:
Jersey Swap: Christian Streich, Alexander Schwolow and Christian Günter
Is Christian Streich the most underrated coach in the Bundesliga? The fact that a team with such a small transfer budget has been able to survive in the Bundesliga 6 out of 7 years that Streich has been in charge and qualifying for a European spot in the 2012-13 season is quite remarkable. Freiburg was brave tactically; they pressured high up in the first minutes of the game. Naturally, the Freiburg players dropped down more and more as the game progressed, and they were a bit lucky to get the draw after Bayern’s parade of chances in the second half. Nevertheless, credit is due to Streich’s setup.
Schwolow was fantastic in the second half, denying Lewandowski numerous times and was the main reason Freiburg escaped with a draw. Schwolow, who has played every single second of the Bundesliga campaign this season, gave Germany coach Jogi Löw — who was in the stands — many reasons for why he should be called up to the German national team.
Lastly, another player who was fantastic was the left-back Christian Günter. He controlled Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry for the whole game. I thought he was faultless today.
Tip of the Cap: Robert Lewandowski’s goal
After the Liverpool game, I argued that Lewandowski has seen his prime. Today, unfortunately, could be seen as another reason why I believe so. His goal was outstanding, and he technically saved us a point, but his poor finishing arguably cost us two more.
Nevertheless, his goal was pure brilliance. Lewandowski scored one of the nicest goals by a Bayern player this season. His goal combined technique and athleticism:
LEWANDOWSKI!— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 30, 2019
He scores his 19th goal of the season and ties the game for Bayern pic.twitter.com/Heks9tEEbx
Golf Clap: Jerome Boateng
I thought Boateng was pretty good today. Offensively, he was surprisingly active, as he often tried to make creative passes forward and made a good attempt on goal. Defensively, he looked solid and was by no means at fault for the first goal (if anyone should be at fault it should be Hummels, as he lost his man). Considering this week’s news that he will most likely leave the club this summer, I don’t think he made a bad case for why he should stay today.
Standing Ovation: Thiago
Bayern fans have seen better games from the Spanish maestro, but Thiago had a solid game. Bayern was able to contain possession and create a high number of chances, much due to Thiago starting the attacks with his passing (91% accuracy).
Meister of the Match: James Rodriguez
Best player by far today. James was fantastic in retaining possession and being the creative part of the three men midfield. After a day that was epitomized by missed chances, James was not at fault at all, as he set up a high percentage of the attacks — logging a whopping 7 key passes. Bayern looked dangerous from set-plays, largely thanks to James’s fantastic left-foot.