Bayern Munich managed to scrape a 1-0 win over a stubborn FC Köln side. Better yet, they did it without using a single substitute. Unexpected, after Tuchel complained heavily about the fatigue that plagues his squad.
Jersey swap: Julian Chabot
For a FC Köln defense that looked fairly shaky for a good amount of the game, Julian Chabot was a pillar that kept the defense from collapsing.
Chabot put in a true defenders performance, putting his body on the line for his team.
He did well to block an Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting shot on the goal line in the 20th minute, only for Harry Kane to fire home into an open net. The 25-year old later made another block on the goal line, preventing a Leroy Sané volley.
Der Kaiser: Dayot Upamecano
It was a strong showing from the entire Bayern Munich backline for a change, but Dayot Upamecano stands out.
The Frenchman showed off his tackling, physicality and passing to cap off a very complete performance. Upamecano completed 5 out of his 6 ground duels, for an 83% completition rate. He also managed to win 4 aerial duels, more than any other player on the pitch.
One does, however, hope that Upamecano can reproduce this type of performance on the biggest stages.
Fußballgot: Leon Goretzka
Much like Upamecano, Leon Goretzka put in a very complete performance in the heart of midfield. Clean passing and solid in challenges, it was everything that was expected of the Bayern number 8.
For a player who had an extremely rough start to the season, virtually being ousted from the starting eleven by Thomas Tuchel, Goretzka has done very well to work his way back into the side and showcase what he can offer.
Der Bomber: Leroy Sané
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t the hallmark Leroy Sané performance that Bayern fans have grown accustomed to this season, but he was still a massive headache for the Köln defence.
Sané constantly found himself in dangerous positions, especially in the fist half, pulling away from defenders with ease.
Had his finishing and decision making in the final third been as sharp as it has for most of the season, he could easily have had a couple of goals and assists.
Meister of the Match: Harry Kane
Contrary to popular belief this award isn’t automatically given to Harry Kane, he’s just that good.
Kane’s 20th minute goal takes his tally to 18 league goals, breaking the record for the best ever scoring season for an Englishman in the Bundesliga. The craziest part? Bayern are only 12 games into the Bundesliga. At this point, records seem to fall at Kane’s feet wherever he walks.
This game was also a prime example of how important Kane is to Bayern. Without him, The Bavarians walk away with a 0-0 draw, frustrated at the poor finishing. With him, the three points are secured and Bayern go top of the Bundesliga.
Despite Bayern’s poor finishing in front of goal, the win comes as a relief. Especially after the momentum stopping international break and fatigue that comes along with it.
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