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Match awards from Bayern Munich’s pedestrian 1-2 win over VfB Stuttgart

At times, Bayern huffed and puffed, survived a nervy last eight minutes or so, but never really got out of second gear en route to a win over relegation-battling Stuttgart.

VfB Stuttgart v FC Bayern München - Bundesliga
Choupo-Moting and Thomas Müller combined to produce Bayern’s winning goal.
Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images

Bayern Munich kept calm and saw out a nervy ending against a motivated Stuttgart side to return to the top of the Bundesliga. Here are the match awards:

Jersey Swap: Hiroki Ito

There were other options but I thought Ito provided stability and balance; perhaps my view is colored by that last second tackle he made to keep the score at 1-2 rather than allowing Bayern to score one more. Stuttgart overall were pretty good today in portions of the game and Ito provided a good foundation for the performance from his position in the back four.

Der Kaiser: Alphonso Davies

He double teamed with Kingsley Coman to overload play down one side; he defended so well that Dias could never get past him. It was the kind of all-round performance we have come to expect from the Canadian.

Der Fußballgott: Jamal Musiala

Thomas Müller also had a good game; Musiala showed a bit more with his dribbles and close ball control. There is not much more to add other than the fact that everyone had a pretty decent game in midfield.

Der Bomber: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

Choupo never stops running and connecting play. He is a fantastic outlet and can carry the play. He was rewarded with a goal as a result. His interplay with Müller and Musiala is a thing of beauty.

Meister of the Match: Matthijs de Ligt

Nothing could get past De Ligt today aside from the late header from Stuttgart which was simply an excellent effort. He scored a wonderful goal and cleared an effort from Stuttgart off the line after the ball had slipped past Yann Sommer with the score at 0-0. He was assured at the back and hopefully, this continues as we move ahead this season.

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