After putting in a resilient midfield performance in the first half, Eintracht Frankfurt were comfortably beaten by coach Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich. The Eagles didn’t let the Bavarians settle in the earlier 45 minutes. However, a combination of superior setup, tremendous player quality and Flick’s noticeable tactical changes in the second-half resulted in Die Roten dismantling Die Adler. Here are the standout performers from the match:
Jersey swap: Sebastian Rode
Former Bayern boy Sebastian Rode was among the diligent players from Adi Hütter’s side. With 70 touches and 2 key passes, the German was a creative spark of his team and initiated quick attacks with his great distribution. The 30-year-old formed a robust midfield with his partner Stefan Ilsanker in the opening half and gave his all on the defensive side of things. A recent member of the Muller Mafia, Rode’s development under Hütter has been great to watch.
Der Kaiser: David Alaba
David Alaba was the Reds’ best defender on the pitch. The Austrian was his usual self, keeping attackers at bay, and pivotal in helping the backline escape Frankfurt’s press. With Leon Goretzka providing cover, Flick’s defensive boss was frequently seen taking part in playmaking duties by dropping in midfield. His anticipation game was on point, as he made 4 interceptions and he didn’t give Bas Dost & co. ample time and space with the ball. A solid performance against a highly physical opposition: Alaba is almost back to his best.
Der Fußballgott: Joshua Kimmich
Joshua Kimmich was everywhere on the pitch. Acting as the fulcrum of Die Roten, the German single-handedly countered the entire Frankfurt core with his one-man midfield performance. With 2 tackles and 2 interceptions, Kimmich’s intelligent pressing proved crucial in disrupting the Eagles’ buildup and hitting them on the break. The defensive responsibilities didn’t stop him from taking part in the attack and running into the opponent’s box. Creating 3 chances and registering a game-high 16 (!) long balls, the 25-year-old gave yet another dominant performance.
Der Bomber: Kingsley Coman
After suffering so many injuries, it is natural for a player to start playing with caution. Kingsley Coman, however, finally looks to have shed that fear. The standout feature from the Frenchman’s outing against Atletico Madrid and Frankfurt was how he oozed confidence with the ball. Sure, he wasn’t 100% accurate in his decision making, but he looked absolutely dangerous while taking on opponents with the ball at his feet. The 24-year-old took his chances nicely and set up another three for his teammates. His partnership with Costa was reminiscent of the Pep Guardiola era. Under Flick, Coman is finally developing into the winger we imagined.
Meister of the Match: Robert Lewandowski
For an ordinary striker, this would’ve been a career highlight performance. For Robert Lewandowski, it was business as usual. The Pole was a constant menace to the opposition defenders, as he dismantled them with his positioning and scored a perfect hat-trick with his prowess in front of the net.
As always, the gun-slinging hitman was crucial in the buildup, picking-up passes in the center as well as wide areas of the pitch, and controlling the ball in the tightest of situations with utmost ease. It was a perfect performance. But judging by the history books, if you are thinking Lewandowski can’t get any better, there’s a 100% chance he will top this in the upcoming matches. 10 Bundesliga goals in 5 matches, the striker has his eyes set on Gerd Muller’s record, again.