Jersey Swap: Moanes Dabbur
Dabbur should’ve had a hat-trick, but he ends the night on a well-earned brace. He proved to be disruptive not only to Bayern Munich’s midfield but to their defense as well. He truly was Hoffenheim’s best player on the field tonight, and he made it an (uncomfortably) interesting match by getting two late goals.
Tip of the Cap: David Alaba
Sturdy, firm and physical in his center-back role — even though it is not his preferred position, Alaba is a dang good center-back. The Austrian’s defense remains stable and effective, and his passing is still top notch. He played an important part in a solid Bayern defense for 80+ minutes, per his usual.
Gold Clap: Joshua Kimmich
Kimmich continued to be his usual efficient self — no major turnovers, and he made numerous key passes. Kimmich is really feeling himself under the tutelage of Hansi Flick. While his move to the midfield was and remains controversial, Kimmich has established himself as a truly necessary starter in the center as Bayern continues its dominant form. 200 games in, Kimmich remains one of the first names on the sheet for the match.
Standing Ovation: Robert Lewandowski & Alphonso Davies
Lewandowski scored 2 goals and was his usual workhorse self. Physical and demanding in the box, the Polish striker bossed Hoffenheim’s defense. Not much else to say from the world’s best no. 9.
Davies ... my oh my, Davies. He has been nothing short of a revelation since he transferred over from MLS. His pace and recovery were elite all game long. The Canadian terrorized his half of the field, creating numerous chances. And his footwork — good lord was it spectacular. Given how young he is, the excitement about how much more he can grow and mature is indescribable.
Meister of the Match: Thomas Müller
He’s back and he’s back with a vengeance. Remember when the talk was about whether Müller was overrated and washed up? Yeah, well, if that still is resonating in your head, it’s best to remove it.
Under Hansi Flick, Müller has been playing some of the best football of his career, rivaled only by his magical 32-goal year under Pep. Tonight, he was all over the place. Der Raumdeuter terrorized Hoffenheim’s defense and scored two goals (officially his first goal is an own goal, but for all intents and purposes, he scored two in my eyes) not to mention an assist on one of Lewandowski’s goals.