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Match awards from Bayern Munich’s uneventful draw against Basel

The youngsters looked more lively than most of the first team players.

FC Basel v FC Bayern München - Friendly Match Photo by S. Mellar/FC Bayern via Getty Images

This game didn’t seem to be taken too seriously by a lot of the Bayern Munich squad and played out like a training match. Being a midseason friendly, what’s important is that the players are sharp for the matches that matter.

Jersey swap: Thierno Barry

Basel didn’t do a lot to trouble Bayern in the first half, but the second saw them come under more pressure from the Basel attack. While it was Juan Gauto who scored Basel’s goal, Barry was the player that Bayern’s defense had the most trouble dealing with. Barry got off a few decent shots and managed to find his way behind the Bayern backline on multiple occasions, but was ultimately thwarted by Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

Der Kaiser: Sven Ulreich

The reason Barry didn’t find himself on the scoresheet was the performance of Ulreich. It was nice to see Kimmich playing right-back again, but Ulreich’s shot-stopping puts him ahead of the second-half captain and the rest of Bayern’s sub-par defense. Ulreich made an excellent one-on-one save to deny Barry from adding to Bayern’s second-half misery and made a good reaction save to stop a surprise deflection at the very end of the match.

Fußballgott: Aleksandar Pavlović

Another game and another decent performance from Pavlović. Noel Aseko Nkili was the one who found himself on the scoresheet via his deflected second-half shot but did little more to put a stamp on the game. Pavlović, on the other hand, did well throughout the match with his passing play and was decent enough in his defensive duties to see himself beat Bayern’s other midfielders to this spot. Pavlovoć was subbed off in the second half after taking a knock— hopefully, there isn’t any serious concern for injury as Bayern will need him in the second half of the season.

Der Bomber: Jamal Musiala

One of Bayern’s more lively regular staters on the night, Musiala was a difficult player for Basel to deal with. His silky dribbling and movement were a joy to watch, and while he didn’t have any goal contributions he looked to be one of the Bayern players to be more likely to make something happen.

Meister of the Match: Lovro Zvonarek

In matches where so few players get significant playing time, it can be difficult to pick standout performers, but Zvonarek managed to make his mark in the twenty-three minutes he spent on the pitch. Zvonarek’s passing and linkup play was great, and he managed to get himself into good shooting positions, being denied a winner by both the Basel goalkeeper and the post. Zvonarek looked highly motivated to perform, hopefully, he will keep working hard and can eventually establish himself as a first-team player.

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