Bayern Munich had another tough game against Werder Bremen, but their resilience showed. They got the job done and clinched an eighth straight Meisterschale. A Lewandowski goal shortly before halftime and a good defensive performance from the team were enough to grab the three points and the title. Here are our match awards.
Jersey swap: Theodor Gebre Selassie
The Czech midfielder made his presence felt throughout the game. Much of his night was spent helping out on defense on Bayern’s dangerous left-hand side, which was constantly flooded with runs from Coman and Davies. He played the full 90 minutes and found himself often with the ball at his feet looking to help his team complete an attacking phase. Although he never had any clear chances, his name was called a few times in promising moves forward. Unfortunately, Bayern’s defensive pressure was too stout.
Tip of the cap: Alphonso Davies
You have to feel for the kid today. After breaking a speed record where he was clocked at 36.5 kmph (22.7 mph), Davies went on to pick up two yellows. Before being sent off, Davies contributed on both sides of the ball as always. He completed 95% of his passes and recorded one key pass. He also chased down opponents to win the ball back consistently throughout the whole game. His only two fouls recorded also resulted in yellow. Fortunately, nothing drastic happened and his teammates were able to pick up the slack and see out the game.
Golf clap: Robert Lewandowski
It says a lot about Lewy that a one-goal game only gets him a golf clap. No matter how you look at it, he was great again today. His goal came off a wonderful lofted ball in from Boateng, but Lewandowski still had work to do. He brought it down off of his chest, turned, and fired the ball into the back of the net. He had a few other chances, including an amazing shot that was called offsides on Müller before the would-be assist. The one goal ended up being the game-winner and title-clincher.
Honorable mention to Manuel Neuer. He only needed to record one save tonight, but boy was it a big one! Other than that it was a relatively routine day at the office for the captain.
Standing ovation: Joshua Kimmich
Kimmich was all over the field tonight, playing every position from third center-back to an attacking winger on both sides, and everything in between. He had over a hundred touches and completed 90% of his passes, recording five key passes along the way. Although nothing came from them in the end, his corners and set piece deliveries were also outstanding. In a physical match, Kimmich’s presence was felt on both sides of the ball.
Meister of the match: Jerome Boateng and David Alaba
Quick German lesson for those of you who didn’t know: Meister is both the singular and plural version of the word. Boateng and Alaba were again exceptional. Boateng’s turnaround under Hansi Flick has been phenomenal. The last few games especially, he has been as good as ever on defense, but his long balls haven’t quite been as accurate as we have seen them before. Tonight, both were top form. He was able to transition from the attack to defense without skipping a beat. Maybe the best thing of the night, though, came from his perfectly waited, lofted ball that assisted Lewandowski’s goal. Alaba also had a great game as always. On the night that he broke the record more most-capped Austrians in the Bundesliga, he helped sure up Bayern’s back-line, while also contributing great outlet passes in the attack. While many contributed, the shutout should mostly be accredited to the work of Boateng and Alaba.