For the second straight week, Bayern Munich scored four or more goals and kept a clean sheet. Today’s performance against Schalke 04 was a total team effort. Bayern used five goals from five different players and a smothering defensive strategy to send Schalke home with a 5-0 loss.
Jersey swap: Alexander Nübel
Although Nübel didn’t play today, Bayern’s summer arrival will likely not have to compete too much for his spot when he comes off of suspension next week. Markus Schubert was absolutely terrible for Schalke today. His two massive errors led to the bookend goals of Bayern’s 5-0 slaughter. Nübel will soon swap his royal blue jersey for Bayern red, and luckily he should get plenty of playing experience for the rest of the Rückrunde.
Tip of the cap: Thiago and Thomas Müller
With both players scoring a goal, I couldn’t leave one of them off. Both Thiago and Müller appear to be getting back to their former selves. Müller is finding himself often in the attack and scoring goals again. This is something that we did not see earlier in the season when the rumors floated around that he may leave. Thiago also seems to have regained his confidence. He was fantastic on the ball today and not afraid to take on defenders.
Golf clap: Robert Lewandowski
Although most players around the world would have loved to have the numbers that Lewandowski put up tonight, it was a somewhat lackluster night by his standards. Yes, Lewandowski had a goal and an assist, but the chances that were created for him could have resulted in a lot more. Luckily, this time it didn’t cost Bayern anything.
If you think about it, isn’t this a good problem to have? This is a guy who has scored in almost every league game this season, and here I am complaining that he didn’t do more. No doubt about it, Lewandowski is amazing.
Standing ovation: Alphonso Davies
Once again, the young Canadian is proving that he is one of the brightest young stars in the league, if not Europe. Davies worked his tail off the whole game, sprinting up and down the left side. It is so fun to watch his defensive abilities develop before our eyes. Again today, he showed off his speed to catch an opposing player with the ball. Even when he gets beaten, his speed enables him to race back and win the ball again. He also completed a match-high four key passes and completed nearly 90% of his passes on offense.
Meister of the match: Leon Goretzka
Goretzka found himself where he needed to be the whole game. He provided the assist to Müller at the very end of the first half. He played the ball perfectly into space as Müller came streaking into the six-yard box. Had he not made the run, Goretzka’s pass would have likely found Lewandowski — probably ending with the same result. The former Schalke man then scored a goal of his own shortly after halftime. After his initial shot coming off of a corner kick was blocked, Goretzka took the deflection one time and buried it into the back of the net. Overall, not a bad showing against his former team.