Bayern Munich dazzled against (usually tricky opponents) Gladbach in what was a brilliant showing. This game demonstrated just what Bayern is capable of at the peak of its gegenpressing and quick, direct football. Here are the standout performers from today’s game:
Jersey Swap: Florian Neuhaus
This man deserves the hype. Currently one of Europe’s most coveted midfielders, the Bavarian native impressed with his great passing range and intelligent play. Always looking to slice open the Bayern defense with precise through balls, serve as an outlet to relieve pressure and help the Gladbach attack with the press, he was one of their most active players today. Unlucky with the handball penalty, and if not for the Bayern defense putting in a stellar shift, he could’ve grabbed at least one assist.
Der Bomber: Thomas Müller
Bayern’s raumdeuter was everywhere once again. Constantly finding pockets of space to run into, he opened up channels for his teammates up front with some precise passing, pressed the Gladbach defenders mercilessly and chipped in with a goal and an assist. He was also part of Bayern’s every move up front, chipping in with dummies, through balls and some good defending too. He also helped recover the ball in the opponent’s half multiple times. A very industrious shift from Bayern’s in form CAM.
Der Fußballgott: Joshua Kimmich
Joshua Kimmich is, simply put, the world’s best deep lying playmaker and central midfielder, and he keeps putting in shifts to assert his position at the top. Today’s game was no exception. Accurate passing, great dribbling in midfield, great pressing and a lot of distance covered. There was no metric Kimmich didn’t excel at. He constantly troubled the Gladbach defenders with his through balls and wing supply and never slowed down. “Ein Berserker”, as KHR once called him.
Der Kaiser: Benjamin Pavard
Bayern’s French defenders are balling at the moment. Benji Pavard gave me and Bayern fans the world over numerous instances to jump in the air screaming “PAVAAAARRRRRR” today. He was simply impeccable. This was quite possibly his best ever defensive performance for the Bavarian side. He made 4 brilliant tackles and 2 unbelievable blocks to deny Gladbach’s attackers some clear goal-scoring opportunities. It is so good to see him back and confident, and we can hope that this is the level he starts showing us on a regular basis. Spend that money elsewhere, Brazzo! We don’t need a new RB.
Meister of the Match: Robert Lewandowski
Bayern’s Mr. Reliable. The world’s best player. The man who we all feel honored to watch on the pitch. Robert Lewandowski was the best player on the pitch by a mile today, and I simply do not have enough words to describe how good he is. I think I’ve used up every superlative adjective in the past already. He’s just sensational.
In a game where almost everyone thought he would have a tough time scoring, he bagged a flawless hattrick (including a goal that should definitely be a contender for goal of the season), an assist and put in an outstanding shift in the midfield as well. He dropped back to serve as a channel to move the ball forward, chipped in with 7(!!!!) key passes and was on top of his game as far as tricks, dummies, chips and nutmegs are concerned.
The highlight of his play today for me was definitely his second goal. A long ball from Müller approached the Pole at quite a height; he glanced up to calculate the trajectory, swiveled his body upwards so that his right foot met the ball and shot with an acrobatic, unbelievable volley that went past a defender and the goalkeeper like a rocket and buried itself in the far corner. This man is setting new standards for himself every season, and it is such a pleasure to watch him play in Bavarian red. Hats off, my player of the season!
Lucas Hernandez: Resolute and brilliant at the back. I really can’t wait for next season’s defense.
Jerome Boateng: Rock solid. Won back the ball very high up the pitch multiple times and looked really comfortable for the most part.
Alphonso Davies: We’re slowly but surely getting back the Davies of 2019/20.
Kingsley Coman: Stretched the backline and will definitely torment Lazzaro and Ginter in their nightmares tonight.
Manuel Neuer: The world’s best. ‘Nuff said.
Hansi Flick: This was epitome Flicki-Flaka. Thank you for the memories, coach. We wish you all the success with the German NT!