Naturally, the Die Roten fans will travel home to Munich feeling disappointed, as today was a great chance to win the title in the enemy’s backyard. Although Leipzig did play organized, Bayern was the better out of the two sides and should feel disappointed that they were not able to score. The Pokal final at the Olympiastadion Berlin will remain a wide-open affair.
Jersey Swap: Ibrahima Konate
I was very impressed by the soon to be 20-year-old French defender today. Apart from one a crummy clearance that led to the disallowed Goretzka goal, Konate was very solid and is definitively a super-star in the making. He gave Lewandowski (who should have capitalized on a few chances) a continuing 90-minute challenge and left the battle the victorious one.
Tip of the Cap: Serge Gnabry
Yes, he needs to be work on his finishing however I think it’s safe to say that Gnabry has been the most positive surprise for Bayern this season. The young Stuttgart-native had a good game showcasing his creative outlet with his excellent foot-skills. Starting wide, he and Coman created dangerous situations by cutting into the middle of the entire game. Gnabry is an entertaining talent, who could very well become one of Robbery’s replacements. He really needs to work on his finishing to become world-class, but he is heading in the right direction.
Golf Clap: Niklas Sule
Fantastic game from Sule today alongside Mats Hummels. The two have become Bayern’s best center-pair option this season and it was epitomized in today’s game. His size and overall presence in the defense was vital today, as he took advantage of the overall tough game. His speed and intelligence combined with his natural partnership with Hummels stopped Werner and Poulsen from creating anything dangerous throughout the entire game.
Standing Ovation: Mats Hummels
Sule’s better half today. Got a flashback to 2014 watching Mats play today. He was calm in possession, tactically brilliant in his interceptions and was overall a joy to behold. It is clear that he has not declined as dramatically as his 2014 center-back partner Jerome Boateng. Today, Mats showed that he still has the ability to maintain his spot as a regular for Bayern.
Meister of the Match: Joshua Kimmich
Surprised that four out of the five awards were given to defenders? 0-0 games might be considered boring, but for a catenaccio fan like myself, watching Bayern and Leipzig canceling each other out was in some way enjoyable. The best Bayern player today was our future captain. Great defensively and contributed offensively with lovely balls into the box. His winning attitude might at times go against him, yet, it is fantastic to watch a player have such a passion for the club like Joshua does.
Sven Ulreich: He didn’t have a lot to do but he does deserve credit for being reliable and for keeping a clean sheet at the Red Bull Arena.
Timo Werner: Although he was canceled out for a majority of the match, I thought the Bayern-linked striker showed what potential by creating clever runs. With a better team, there is no reason to believe that the youngster can’t thrive.
Leon Goretzka: Unlucky for Leon that the goal was canceled out. That was a sweet ‘Paolo Di Canio-esque’ strike.