Swimwear exchange: Manuel Riemann
In an unbalanced game both on the pitch and on the scoreboard, Riemann stood up to one of the best teams in the world. I know conceding 7 doesn’t look great, but Bochum is lucky they didn’t lose by a much worse margin. Riemann made superb saves to deny Goretzka, Sané and Gnabry and did his best to limit the damage in the second half. Unfortunately for him, Bayern Munich were short of blood.
The Bombardier: Leroy Sané
Bayern’s no. The resurgence of the 10 continues. Since being moved to the left wing in what now appears to be an absolute genius move by Nagelsmann, Sané has been terrorizing the defenses with his dribbling, pace, and connection to Davies. His defensive work rate looks better than ever, and with a goal, an assist and wonderful pre-assist, the German winger put in a performance that would have justified a MOTM without a certain German midfielder.
Fußballgott: Thomas Müller
The legendary CAM is back to its’raumdeutering ‘ better. Müller was very involved in every move forward and was the engine that kept Bayern’s attack in high gear. His passing was excellent, and he was also very good in deeper roles around the pitch. The German provided an assist and a nice through pass that allowed Bochum to score against his own side. He would also have scored a goal if it hadn’t been for a very tight offside. Bayern Munich’s best almost always coincides with Müller’s best form, which is why Nagelsmann Bayern is looking super scary right now.
Honorable mention: Léon Goretzka
Goretzka started the game poorly, misplacing passes and poorly timing his challenges. But as the game progressed he was brilliant defensively, registered an assist and almost scored a worldie. Great improvement.
The Kaiser: Lucas Hernandez
The Frenchman is Bayern’s best defender when in form. Lucas and Süle were huge today, the former did very well to completely stop any attempt to reach Bayern’s area to create chances / score goals. His passes are also massively underestimated … the defender made 88% of his passes and made superb passes until the last third. He was also always present in the right place at the right time to make timely blocks, clearances and interceptions. A defining moment came when he pushed the ball back to Holtmann with a superb block towards the end of the game. Better performance.
Honorable mention: Niklas Süle
Hernandez’s German compatriot also put in a commendable performance, with a super solid change. Bayern’s defense isn’t conceding, and it’s a welcome change that Bayern fans will certainly be delighted with.
Master of the Match: Joshua Kimmich
This man is back in beast mode, and he’s hard to stop. Two goals, a 91% assist and many key chances created round out one of his best performances this season. Kimmich covered every blade of grass, served as an extra pass out at the back and wonderfully relieved Bayern of Bochum’s initial press. The future leaders of Bayern and Germany are the lifeblood of this team, and good things are sure to happen when this man hits the nail on the head. We can only hope that he can rest as much as possible (provided he doesn’t bite Nagelsmann’s head, of course), as a healthy Kimmich is a requirement if Bayern is to win a hat-trick this season.