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Match awards from Bayern Munich’s 3:1 win over Werder Bremen

The match could have easily ended with a bigger goal difference in favor for the Bavarians, but luck wasn’t on Bayern Munich’s or Robert Lewandowski’s side.

SV Werder Bremen v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Focke Strangmann - Pool/Getty Images

Jersey swap: Theodor Gebre Selassie

The Czech right-back had a solid game on the right flank. He managed to cause trouble for Alphonso Davies when he tried to penetrate on the right side and often stopped Serge Gnabry’s dangerous runs. Although, Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman and Gnabry didn't find it too difficult to get inside the box — after some help from Thomas Müller and Leon Goretzka. Werder Bremen’s goalkeeper, Jiri Pavlenka also had a good game and helped his team by saving numerous shots.

Der Bomber: Serge Gnabry

Bayern’s winger continues his good form after he returned from an injury. Although it wasn’t his best outing, he is definitely showing signs of drastic improvements and it looks like he will be a huge asset for the Bavarians in the closing stages of the Bundesliga and the Champions League. He was a constant threat to Werder Bremen’s goal and managed to score one goal after Müller’s beautiful assist. His passing was also on point today, as he had 80% accurate passes and three key passes. He also combined well with Alphonso Davies, who also looked good today. Kingsley Coman also had a good match as he used his speed and dribbling to help Bayern attack. Hansi Flick will have a hard time choosing two starters on the wings, as all three wingers seem to be in good form.

Fußballgott: Thomas Müller

The Raumdeuter proved again that he is vital for Bayern’s characteristic style of play. Müller was all over the pitch, helping defenders and providing assists for the attackers. Müller managed to assist on two occasions, but could have had a few more if luck was on Bayern’s side. His presence will definitely be a huge advantage for his team in the upcoming decisive games, as he makes Bayern work like a well-oiled machine. He had seven (!) key passes tonight and 86% accurate passes. Tonight’s performance was one of his better ones and could have easily won the man of the match award.

Der Kaiser: Benjamin Pavard

Finally, the Frenchman is looking like his former self. Pavard was composed throughout the match and made some decisive tackles on the right flank. He showed his strength today, as he won all five duels. He also just recently came back to the team, after he was infected with COVID-19. He also — just like Müller and Gnabry recently — had a strong comeback after he was sidelined. The biggest improvement for me was how he was calm and how he improved his passing. Before this match, and especially in the first part of the season, Pavard often made some poor passes, but tonight he showed why he was brought to Munich.

Meister of the Match: Robert Lewandowski

Another phenomenal match by the Polish striker! He had a relatively quiet game in the first half but exploded in the second half. Although he scored just one goal, his presence was felt the most on the pitch. Lewandowski tormented Werder Bremen’s defense throughout the match and usually managed to outplay them, but luck wasn’t on his side today. Lewandowski, unfortunately, managed to hit the post on three occasions. Besides his unbelievable attacking drive, he often helped his midfielders with build-up play. But surely, those posts he hit will only make Lewandowski more determined to score more goals and to surpass the legendary Gerd Müller’s goal-scoring record.

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