Facing Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena, Bayern Munich were the better team for much of the game. Oh the back of a brace from Musiala and a goalkeeping error that led to a Choupo-Moting goal, Bayern led 3-1 at the half. Wolfsburg would score again in the second half to make it interesting, but Bayern were able to see the game out without conceding — or scoring — again and bring all three points back to Munich. Here are our match awards.
Jersey Swap: Wout Weghorst
Weghorst had a very solid 90 minutes for the Wolves. He led his team’s attack, winning duels and creating chances for his teammates. Shortly after seeing one Wolfsburg attacker fail to curl the ball around Manuel Neuer, the Dutchman showed his teammate how it is done. With a smooth shot to the far post, Weghorst pushed the ball just past Neuer at full stretch, putting the ball into the only spot on goal where the world’s best goalkeeper couldn’t to it. At 2-1 down, this goal momentarily gave life back to Wolfsburg and the fight in the team would last for the rest of the match.
Der Bomber: Thomas Müller
Without Robert Lewandowski, Bayern had to be more creative in the attack than normal. Müller stepped in and did just that. Although quiet for long-spells of the night, he would move in at just the right moment to win the ball, make a key pass, or take a shot on target. In typical Raumdeuter form, Müller assisted what would end up as the game-winning goal from Musiala. With his patented run to the goal line, he was able to beat a sliding defender and found Musiala waiting unmarked in the penalty area. All in all, Müller’s presence helped Bayern immensely.
Fußballgott: Joshua Kimmich
Just as we have grown accustomed to, Kimmich was a force in the midfield for Bayern on Saturday. In the first half, when Bayern were more comfortably in control of the game, Kimmich was pressing forward in the attack.
In the second half, Kimmich stayed further back and helped more on defense. Whether this was coaching adjustments or Kimmich’s intuition — probably a bit of both — it worked out. Josh completed 86% of his passes, most of which were to alleviate the pressure in one way or another. A match like this where you do not see Kimmich’s name on the scoresheet shows why his intangibles will make him a key asset for Bayern and Germany for years to come.
Der Kaiser: Jerome Boateng
It has been an interesting couple of weeks for Boateng off the field. Before the first leg against PSG, the German center back learned that he would not be brought back next season, even though Hansi Flick would later say that he wanted the player to stay.
Boateng’s selfless performance showed why many Bayern faithful still want him to continue. Although he is getting up in age and he may miss a step here and there, he always give one hundred percent to the team. Case in point would be the run he made out of the backfield towards the end of the match. He got the ball on the touchline, but didn’t have a pass to Davies so he cut it in and dribbled into space. As he went, he was probably fouled two or three times before finally going down. Kimmich and others raced to him enthusiastically for his efforts to keep the ball and stay on his feet.
Meister of the Match: Jamal Musiala
With the brace against Wolfsburg, Jamal Musiala became the youngest in Bundesliga history to score six goals in one season. His first goal was similar to last week’s against Union Berlin. After Davies dribbled into the box dribbled around a defender, Musiala made himself available and diced his way around a couple defenders and put the ball off the keeper and into the back of the net.
His second goal was even more amazing. The 18-year old German found himself on the end of Müller’s cross from the goal line and confused everyone by attacking it with his head. The ball looped towards the far top corner, making Wolfsburg’s keeper scramble and fall over. The ball was so perfectly placed that the keeper likely would not have had chance anyways. What would go on to be the game-winning goal was Musiala’s first career headed goal. The goal also came minutes after Wolfsburg made it 2-1 and just moments after Musiala came up limping from a challenge. In fact, he was still limping when he was celebrating with his teammates.
Every week we are witnessing something special with this kid.