Match rewards from Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld


Bayern Munich delivered a dominating performance against Arminia Bielefeld, shaking off their Champions League loss to Villarreal. Here’s who stood out.

Shirt swap: Patrick Wimmer

Arminia didn’t really have a match to remember, but Wimmer definitely stood out from a bad group. He was the starting point for almost every Bielefeld attack, and he might have had an assist to his name had it not been for a stellar Bayern defence. It was a good performance from the midfielder, especially as he was without main striker Fabian Klos with a head injury. Speaking of which, how many more head injuries can Bielefeld sustain? They already had two before this game, and they suffered one more. This doesn’t bode well for the relegation-threatened side.

The Kaiser: Dayot Upamecano

Upamecano was Bayern’s best defender by a mile. His partner Tanguy Nianzou was reckless, insecure and careless. He was lucky to escape with only one reservation. Upamecano was tasked with sweeping away all his mistakes, which he did brilliantly. Not only that, he was also responsible for making sure Bayern’s high line didn’t break in the second half. His headers and tackles were on point, and he was a strong and consistent presence in the heart of the defence. I don’t think he made any mistakes today. Yes, it was against lowly Bielefeld, but it’s good to see Upamecano performing well week after week these days. If he continues like this, he will become a major asset to the team, especially in light of the departure of Niklas Süle this summer.

Der Fußballgott: Joshua Kimmich

Kimmich has had a few games to forget in recent weeks, but he upset his doubters with today’s performance. He was primarily tasked with delivering long smooth balls behind Bielefeld’s defense line, and he played that role to perfection. It was his long balls that resulted in the Bielefeld own goal and Serge Gnabry’s strike at half-time. Not only that, but he also played smartly into Robert Lewandowski for Jamal Musiala’s second-half goal. Kimmich was Bayern’s playmaker of the day, and my God, was he good at it. Hopefully he can build on this performance and climb back to his lofty position as the best central midfielder in the world.

The Bomber: Robert Lewandowski

To be completely honest, none of Bayern’s strikers were brilliant despite the big win. Gnabry got on the scoresheet but wasted, Thomas Müller looked tired (luckily he was substituted early) and Marcel Sabitzer was in the wrong place. Lewandowski wasn’t too impressive either, but he worked really hard on and off the ball the whole game. Yes, there are reports that he’s not too happy with Julian Nagelsmann’s attacking tactics, but even so, I applaud the professionalism and courage he showed today. He also got an assist with a well-timed pass in the second half for Musiala, before being replaced by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Fingers crossed he can also add goals in the next games.

Master of the match: Alphonso Davies

The Roadrunner is back! Davies capped off his second start since his injury with an absolutely brilliant performance. He constantly terrorized the Bielefeld defense with his canter runs, and didn’t do a semi-poor job in his own defensive zone either. He latched on to Kimmich’s long ball to create Bielefeld’s own goal, and he was just busy and diligent throughout the 90 minutes. Davies had a great season leading up to his bout with myocarditis, and it’s good to see he’s picking up where he left off. The only complaint I have with his performance today is his passage to the sky? shoot? in the final seconds of the game, but hey, nobody’s perfect. Overall, Davies was Bayern’s best player today, and it’s so good to see him doing what he does best again.


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