Bayern should’ve won at least 3-0 nothing. There, I said it. In a game that provided Bayern numerous chances to score and take the lead, they somehow only managed to eek out a point in their draw with Leipzig. Here are our awards for the match.
Jersey Swap: Peter Gulácsi
Gulácsi put on a clinic today, denying Bayern numerous chances to take the lead at various points in the game, none more so essential than his scrambling fingertip save to deny a deflected shot in the later parts of the game. A criminally underrated keeper who has continued his strong form from last year.
Tip of the Cap: Kingsley Coman
Coman was a terror to the Leipzig defense for the entirety of the game. Time after time he was able to find open space on the touch line and create chances in the box with either his dribbling, his passing or both. He was responsible for creating numerous chances that Bayern should have capitalized on. One thing to note, yet again the ref did not offer much protection for Coman as defenders continued the trend of cheap fouls to stop him since they had no other answers.
Golf Clap: Thomas Muller
Muller was everywhere, especially in the first half. He was the essential part of the midfield that was able to control the ball movement and spread it to the wings where Coman and Gnabry did their damage. When he was subbed off in the 2nd half for Tolisso, the impact of the midfield, or lack there of, became more pronounced as Leipzig was able to press more knowing they did not have to deal with Muller.
Standing Ovation: Robert Lewandowski
Note to the rest of the Bundesliga - You might want to always keep your eyes on Robert Lewandowski. RB Leipzig forgot about that in the first moments of the match and it allowed a virtually unmarked Lewandowski into a 1v1 with Gulácsi in which the Pole calmly slid the ball into the bottom corner. Outside of that, Lewandowski was his usual self, always threatening and creating numerous chances with his holdup play and play in the box. If he had gotten his foot on the closest clear cut chance Bayern had in the 2nd half to give them the lead, he would’ve earned the MOTM award.
Meister of the match: Manuel Neuer
Ladies and Gentlemen, he’s back and he is here to stay. When Neuer was called upon, he exectued perfectly. The only goal he allowed was a rocket from Sabitzer that he guessed correctly on, but no Keeper would reach it regardless. Outside of his ungodly save against Sabitzer, he also made clutch saves against Werner to keep Bayern in the game. He’s the reason Bayern did not lose the game.