It was a tough match for Bayern Munich today. Werder Bremen played well and deserved the point. Bremen was better in the first half and then parked the bus in the second half. Bayern managed to get the leveler through Kingsley Coman, but the final score line remained 1:1. Bayern was shaky defensively and not that creative in the final third — Joshua Kimmich’s absence was greatly felt today, but without further ado, here are the match awards!
Jersey swap: Maximilian Eggestein
An astonishing performance by the young German midfielder. He was everywhere this afternoon and made life difficult for the home team. His pressing was incredible, and he left little space for Bayern’s midfield to move the ball around. His most notable moment was in the last moments of the first half when he scored the first goal of the match, after a spectacular assist from Josh Sargent. Josh Sargent was also very good tonight he almost scored the winner but was denied by Manuel Neuer.
Der Bomber: Kingsley Coman
The Frenchman had a decent game. It was hard for every offensive player to play a more crucial role tonight since Bremen’s defense was so dense, and frankly, superb. Coman had a few good moments here and there. His crosses were often blocked out or misplaced. Bremen’s defense didn’t leave him with much space, so when he did find some room to operate, he tried to shoot. After the second half started, he looked a bit better, and his movement did make an impact. In the 62nd minute, he scored a header after a splendid assist from Leon Goretzka. It’s interesting that his passing was superb today, as he managed a 97% accuracy rate.
It was worrying to see Bayern’s midfield being so ineffective and was run down by Bremen’s players. Unfortunately, Bayern has to play without Joshua Kimmich for the next couple of months, and he could have helped Bayern a lot today. The structure was missing, almost no creativity for the attackers, and then the attackers cut off, and you end up with a result like this. The only player in the midfield who actually played today was Leon Goretzka, but more on him a bit later.
Der Kaiser: Manuel Neuer
Neuer is out of this world and he saved Bayern’s backside again! Luckily for Hansi Flick and his teammates, Neuer was at his best today. He had a couple of amazing saves, especially the double save from the first half. In the last moments of the match, he saved a one-on-one chance and denied a good shot by Sargent as well. All in all, a good performance by the captain, especially after Germany’s fiasco against Spain. It is a shame that Bayern didn’t win, but it was still a good performance for Neuer’s self-esteem.
Meister of the Match: Leon Goretzka
Goretzka keeps on impressing. Today he did the lion’s share of the work, especially in the midfield. He came in the game as a sub for Lucas Hernandez and showed why he’s an undisputed starter for Bayern. He was the only bright spot in Bayern’s abysmal midfield tonight and was probably the best Bayern’s player on the pitch. He was relentless, fought for the ball defensively, pushed forward when Bayern attacked, and was a sight to behold. To top it all, he made a beautiful assist for Kingsley Coman’s leveler. He also had a 94% accuracy rate on his pass and also had one key pass. It should also be noted that he played out of his usual position today but managed to adapt to it, which was impressive.