Match rewards from Bayern Munich’s 5-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen

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Bayern Munich secured a valuable away victory over Bayer Leverkusen after the most impressive 45 minutes of the Julian Nagelsmann era. Attack and defend together, Die rotten looked like a well-oiled machine with a lot of finesse and firepower. Can someone stop them? Here are the BFW match awards from Bayern’s display on the eastern bank of the Rhine.

Swimwear exchange: Florian Wirtz

Difficult to choose. It has become clear that this Leverkusen has a mentality problem. The 2020-21 Bundesliga season has also started very well for Die myself, only so that the team completely loses the plot in the Rückrunde. Today’s loss could be another indication that this team’s consistency issues will not go away. Florian Wirtz was doing well.

Der Kaiser: Joshua Kimmich

Technically not a defender, Kimmich’s importance to the baseline is crystal clear. Aside from being an excellent defensive player, Kimmich connects attack and defense in impressive ways, a trait that is essential for Nagelsmann-ball to function effectively. His ability to cross dangerous balls into the opposing penalty area was also important today, evident when Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal.

Fußballgott: Thomas Müller

Creative and always dangerous, it’s hard to imagine Bayern without one of their greatest. The importance of Thomas Müller is very clear on this fan site, sometimes testifying to the start of an internet cult. That being said, he is a fantastic player who has formed Bayern’s biggest partnership with Robert Lewandowski that I have ever seen.

The Bomber: Robert Lewandowski

If Thomas Müller is Robin, then Robert Lewandowski is Batman. The Polish hitman continues to be the best football player on this planet. Its 2021 was simply breathtaking. It has consisted of breaking long-standing records, winning individual and team trophies and scoring goals – all goals.

Lewandowski is more than just a goalscorer, but that’s what is most impressive about him. His heel today was world class, his ability to bond with all his teammates has been a normal display for years, and his importance to this Bayern side remains at an all time high. How will Bayern fare without him? For now, I’m just happy to witness the brilliance the Warsaw native shows every week.

Master of the match: Julian Nagelsmann

Bayern Munich’s most impressive display in a very long time, and most definitely the most dominant and important victory for Julian Nagelsmann. Having sadly lost to Frankfurt, he doesn’t panic or change anything, but will line up the exact same starting 11 that lost to Oliver Glasner’s men. Today’s win was, for me, a ‘trust the process’ type moment that really shows how good Bayern Munich can be under Julian Nagelsmann.

That being said, I will wait a bit longer to be 100% convinced. Before Bayern’s second goal, there were times when it looked like Bayer Leverkusen could have been one-on-one against Manuel Neuer had it not been for the good defense of Niklas Süle, Lucas Hernandez or Alphonso Davies. A high press line Bayern displayed today could have consequences against Europe’s top teams. Today it worked and Bayern were able to win a game against a Bundesliga side who before this loss looked very good.

Julian Nagelsmann deserves praise and credit for this achievement.


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