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Match awards from Bayern’s 4:1 win over Chelsea!

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With this victory, Bayern secured their spot in the next round of the Champions League, where they will face Barcelona

FC Bayern Muenchen v Chelsea FC - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Jersey Swap: Tammy Abraham

Tammy Abraham had a decent night in Munich. He managed to put one goal behind Manuel Neuer’s back after he committed a mistake. Abraham often created dangerous chances for the Blues, and Bayern’s defense had to keep an eye on him. All in all, he didn’t play a huge role tonight since he was lacking the right pass from his fellow midfielders, but he undoubtedly has a great future ahead of him.

Tip of the Cap: Serge Gnabry

The German winger had a respectable match this evening. He was definitely a dangerous player for Chelsea’s defense tonight, and it was a big task to guard him. Serge helped put Bayern with some good passes and great attacking drive, but he was also seen tracking back and helping out his defense in winning the ball back. He had two shots, one on target. Although he played well, a lot more is expected from the German winger.

Golf Clap: Thiago Alcantara

A great match for the Spaniard. He (again) proved that he is one of the finest midfielders around. He was vital for Bayern’s link-up play and dictated the tempo of the game. He often tracked back to start attacks and then moved forward with the team. He managed his usual (for him) 90.6% pass accuracy and was very effective in defending. He had a good chance after a corner when his header was saved by Caballero. He is an important piece for Bayern, and it would be a big loss if he left Munich.

Standing Ovation: Ivan Perišić

The Croat was solid tonight. Perišić played very smart, timed his runs well to create chances for Bayern. He scored a goal after Lewandowski’s assist — it looked easy, but yet again, he timed his run perfectly and waited for the through ball. Combining him and Alphonso Davies is also quite good. Davies has the speed that Perišić lacks and they complement each other excellently. Perišić helped out his defense on a few occasions when Davies went forward. Perišić managed 86.7% accurate passes and had two key passes.

Meister of the Match: Robert Lewandowski

What is there to say about tonight’s performance from Lewandowski? Absolutely brilliant. He was involved in all four goals tonight — he scored two goals of his own and assisted the other two. All in all, a 10/10 match for the Pole. Tonight’s performance felt almost like a statement for France Football, who canceled the Ballon d’Or ceremony this year. Lewandowski was in the pole position for the award and he proved tonight that he is one of the best players in the world. Lewandowski is in top form right now and hopefully he will keep it up in the coming matches.

Honorable mentions:

  • Corentin Tolisso: he was subbed in the 70th minute and made his mark tonight. He scored a spectacular goal and showed that he still has something to offer to the Bavarians. It was good seeing him back and scoring that goal — a great confidence boost for the French midfielder!
  • Niklas Süle: Niklas came in for Jerome Boateng in 63rd minute and he surprised me. He was focused, agile, and rock solid in defense. He made a stop to some Chelsea’s attacks and managed a shot on target after a long shot. He surely needs more playing time to get back to his best, but tonight’s game was promising!