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Player ratings: Sanches and Lewandowski shine for Bayern

Renato Sanches and Robert Lewandowski were the top dogs in Bayern’s win against Atlético de Madrid on Tuesday. Our player ratings.

Excellent

Renato Sanches

Crisp long balls, involvement in every phase of the game, moving legs and good positioning made him the man of the match in my opinion. This clearly was his best performance in a Bayern shirt, making his slow rise a very promising one. A solid cross to Douglas Costa from the left in the first half and a nice throughball to send Arjen Robben flying on the counter in the second were a joy to watch.

Robert Lewandowski

A strong overall performance by the Pole. His spectacular free kick in the first half was highlight reel material. His presence was felt all over the pitch as he made plays outside of the box and came back to defend right after scoring. He also announced that his wife is pregnant by putting the ball inside his shirt and sucking his thumb. Not a bad day at the office.

Great

Arjen Robben

The Flying Dutchman was at times contained and hesitant to shoot, but I still believe that he put together a strong performance. His counterattacks in the second half were threatening, although he failed to pull off a Magic Robben move. His ugly dive in the penalty area is hard to forgive, though.

Good

Juan Bernat

Good work on the night. He was not as impressive as in his last outing, and I felt he could have made more decisive runs in the box, but again, I saw no major mistake from Bernat.

Douglas Costa

He came close to scoring a couple of times but also misfired a few shots, lacking accuracy to avoid hitting the keeper. Importantly, he created havoc in Atlético’s penalty area with runs and crosses that looked dangerous. The cross he fed to Thiago (77′) was extremely good.

Mats Hummels

Mats showed commanding presence as the last man in the back line and I cannot think of a big mistake he made. That is just what you want from a central defender.

Thiago Alcântara

With Sanches taking centre stage, he looked quiet at times. Piercing runs in the penalty area and some penetrating passes were however very welcome to unsettle Atlético. It is too bad that he missed an amazing scoring chance (77′), toeing the ball over the bar as he faced an open net.

Arturo Vidal

Vidal’s angled passes in the final third were very effective, making Bayern’s attack as dominant as you could expect it to be. He showed some fighting spirit in the midfield, especially when he orchestrated turnovers and counterattacks.

Manuel Neuer

Not the busiest man of the night. A good early save on Carrasco set the tone, followed by some central midfield presence. He was not that involved in the game due to Bayern’s dominant passing game against a side that cared little about trying to win.

Average

David Alaba

A mixed bag. The first chance of the match was created by Carrasco after Alaba was caught not covering his position at centre-back inside 10 minutes. He seemed to get stronger, and more mobile when tracking back, as time passed.

Rafinha

A so-so performance from the right-back just after I said that he recently played better than Philipp Lahm. His crosses were unusually inaccurate and he sometimes allowed his man to escape and threaten on FCB’s flank. Otherwise, he did OK.

Bad

Nobody.

Not rated

Joshua Kimmich, Javi Martínez, Thomas Müller

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