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Match awards from Bayern Munich’s frustrating 0-0 Champions League result vs. FC Copenhagen

Bayern’s thirst for goals took the night off in Munich.

FC Bayern München v F.C. Copenhagen: Group A - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Playing much of the match at half speed, Bayern Munich only mustered two shots on goal and participated in its first scoreless draw since February 2020. To their credit, FC Copenhagen executed the game plan on the road to become the first squad to earn a point against Bayern this Champions League season. At the end of the day, this game was irrelevant to Bayern and they escaped with no injuries.

Jersey Swap: Kamil Grabara

The Polish goalkeeper was in full command of his box all night long. Copenhagen’s backline held its form on defense and calmly played the ball out of the box under Grabara’s instructions. He thwarted a variety of Bayern crosses in the air and his save on Muller’s point-blank header in the 30th minute was simply sublime.

Grabara also gets style points for the blue face mask that matched his jersey kit.

Der Kaiser: Manuel Neuer

For the most part, Neuer had a quiet night but he still managed to deliver crucial back-to-back saves in the waning minutes of the match. After receiving a contract extension this week, the 37-year old continues to prove his worth as one of the best keepers in the world.

Fußballgott: Leon Goretzka

Goretzka lined up at center back, but Goretzka still had the greatest effect on Bayern’s midfield play. Neither Joshua Kimmich nor Raphaël Guerreiro were quite as successful tonight as Goretzka in playing the ball through the Copenhagen midfield.

Copenhagen stayed in its defensive shell for most of the game and never truly challenged the Bayern backline. Given the defensive woes, Germany boss Julian Nagelsmann should seriously consider using Goretzka as a center-back in the Euros next summer.

Der Bomber: Leroy Sané

It’s rare for a non-scoring sub to win this award, but Harry Kane, Mathys Tel, and Kingsley Coman all struggled to challenge Copenhagen in their limited chances. Sané bursted on to the pitch and pierced the defense with his streaking runs. His free kick opportunity was barely tapped over the bar by Grabara (well, not according to the referee).

Meister of the Match: Thomas Müller

Unless Harry Kane scores a hat trick (a common occurrence this season), this award belongs to Müller every time he starts. Müller’s ability to open up space in tight areas and create scoring opportunities for his teammates remains unmatched on this Bayern squad. He nearly drew a couple of late penalties, but VAR was unwilling to give him the Messi World Cup treatment.

As other players require rest over the grueling parts of the season, Thomas Tuchel needs to rely heavily on Müller to win a 12th-straight Bundesliga while making a deep run in the Champions League.


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