Jersey swap: Niklas Sule and Bouna Sarr
Literally the best two players Arminia Bielefeld had on the pitch. Both players contributed to all three goals Bayern Munich has conceded. The first goal was a direct mistake by Sarr, while on the second goal, Sule, shockingly, forgot to jump on the corner kick, and thus Bayern conceded a goal. On the third goal, Sarr was outrun too easily, and then the whole defense failed.
Although, I’d give Sule some slack. He is a big man playing on a very slippery field. It’s not easy for him to move around the pitch. Also, I feel that his confidence took a hit after some mistakes in the first half, and there was no chance of getting back to the game mentally. But Sarr was absolutely disastrous today.
Besides these two, Stefan Ortega Moreno, Bielefeld’s goalkeeper, had an inspiring performance today. He denied Bayern a plethora of chances and was probably the best player on the pitch today.
Der Bomber: Kingsley Coman
The French winger had a decent night, given the circumstances. He had his moments tonight but lacked the crucial finish. He often dribbled past his opponents with ease and on a few occasions left them on the ground with his quick movements, but Bielefeld’s goalkeeper had the final word. He denied Coman every chance. Even the last shot of the game, Moreno caught with a lot of confidence.
Besides Coman, Leroy Sane had a somewhat noteworthy performance, varying from very good to very bad. At least he got an assist today.
There were some decent performances in Bayern’s midfield today, but none of them were up to Bayern’s standard! Even with Corentin Tolisso scoring a goal, and helping Bayern get back into the game, he was often not able to physically match up to the robust Arminia Bielefeld midfield. Tolisso was useless most of the match and practically invisible. David Alaba played okay today, but still, that wasn’t good enough. Even though he had assisted Lewandowski, he could have done more throughout the match.
I don’t get why Hansi Flick didn’t take off Sule and put Alaba back to center-back and brought in Pavard for Sarr. Kimmich could have played in midfield, and that way, Bayern could have had some stability in the center of the pitch.
Der Kaiser: Alphonso Davies
The speedy Canadian was the only bright spot in Bayern’s abysmal defense this cold Monday evening. He utilized his speed well today, as he attacked, but also as he defended. While most players struggled to find the balance and to focus on their movements, especially during the first half, the Canadian was all over the left flank, terrorizing attackers and defenders. Even though he should have reacted better on the third goal, besides that, he was phenomenal. He managed to score the equalizer for Bayern and secured the draw for the Bavarians.
Meister of the Match: Robert Lewandowski
The driving force behind Bayern’s attack tried everything today. He dropped back and tried to help his teammates by initiating attacks. Often found space in the box and dribbled beautifully on numerous occasions. Lewandowski managed to score a world-class goal and played an astounding match. Unfortunately, he was able to score only one goal.
Lewandowski should have probably scored at least one more. He had a big chance after he took the ball almost at the center of the pitch and got into Armenia’s penalty box. He shot the ball, and the keeper saved it, and he somehow managed to shoot the deflection with his head, but the ball went wide.
Lewandowski and Davies were probably the two best players on the pitch, and if someone from the defense played a decent match, they would probably share MOTM award.