Let’s get this out of the way first — Bundesliga teams do not fear Bayern Munich. After a nervy 1-1 draw against Union Berlin, Bayern had their work cut out for them against a resolute Wolfsburg side that displayed no signs of fear. Sharp going forward and rock solid in defense, Wolfsburg gave Bayern a tough time in the first half, defending with determination and going forward with purpose.
However, this was a day where individual talent shone brightly in the case of some Bayern players, which led to Bayern bagging all three points. It was a hard earned and deserved victory, and this is the mentality required to compete for trophies on all three fronts.
Without further ado, here are the match awards for today’s game:
Jersey Swap: Maximilian Philipp and Jerome Roussillon
Wolfsburg’s best player in the first half was also their lone goal scorer, with a well-placed shot giving them the lead early in the game. Philipp was very active, finding himself in good positions, buzzing around the Bayern defense and making things difficult for Jerome Boateng and David Alaba. It was a very good performance for the 26-year-old.
Roussillon was Wolfsburg’s most consistent player today. Rock solid in defense, superb going forward. With a little more finesse, he could’ve had at least two direct goal involvements today. His movement gave Niklas Süle a lot to worry about, and he was instrumental in making sure than Sane remained silent throughout the game.
Der Bomber: Robert Lewandowski
Lewandowski just loves scoring against Wolfsburg. The best player on the planet was also one of the best players on the pitch (once again). A very well taken brace, comprising of an inch-perfect header and a very good shot after a nice piece of skill, Lewandowski really flaunted his skills for all to see. He was also his usual self in midfield, working hard and supplying his teammates with some delightful chips and flicks. Overall, another top performance.
Fußballgott: Kingsley Coman
Coman was brilliant in the final third. He played like a winger-creative midfielder hybrid, looking dangerous every time he was on the ball. If not for the referee being poor, he would’ve earned at least 3 more free-kicks for the team. He assisted Bayern’s first goal with an otherworldly curling ball for Lewandowski to head in, and occupied Kevin Mbabu for the duration of the game. Another good performance from Bayern’s best winger at the moment.
Der Kaiser: Manuel Neuer
What can be said about SuperManu that hasn’t been said already? Bayern’s captain is at the peak of his powers right now, and boy is he a joy to watch! He made two good saves in the first half to keep the score line within Bayern’s reach, and another superb reaction save in the second half, extending his arm to punch the ball upwards and out of bounds to deny Wolfsburg a surefire goal (I’m pretty sure that one is in the conversation for save of the season). It is hard to imagine where Bayern would be without him, and we’re lucky that we have someone as assured and as skilled as him between the sticks.
Meister of the Match: Lucas Hernandez
Lucas Hernandez proves with every performance why he is Bayern’s best defender. In a game where his compatriots left more to be desired, Lucas was a wall. A steel wall. His 100% tackle success rate (three tackles), two blocks and numerous interceptions kept things tidy at the defensive end, and he pocketed both Mbabu and Ridle Baku with an amazing outing.
Noteworthy moments include a superb tackle in the first half to regain possession, and an unbelievable block in the second half to deny Roussillon what would’ve been a great goal. This man is showing the world why Bayern paid 80 million euros for his signature. Bayern can move forward with confidence with players like Lucas shielding the goal. Plus, his use of the dark arts earned us a game high three free-kicks. A match that will definitely serve as a major highlight in what is turning out to be a great season for the France international.