Strong individually and collectively, Die Bayern deserve truly excellent player ratings for their performance against VfL Wolfsburg. Four players earn the “excellent” mark.
A strong game by the bald veteran. He had no problem getting inside and through Wolfsburg’s defence with speed. The opening goal was a classic screamer with tip toeing near the box, a quick release and accuracy. He was relentless on the counter in the second half. A nice little pass to Müller for the fourth goal rounded up a masterclass by the right winger.
Thiago found spaces and angles with his passes and tons of control in the midfield, up to the penalty box. He also chased down players for the ball and broke up the opponent’s passes. Control helped create the third goal of the game. A solid shot on the Wolfsburg keeper could have added to the goal pile in the 66th minute. Fine stuff, mate.
Müller was Raumdeutering all over the place and exchanging nifty short passes with Franck Ribéry and Arturo Vidal. A couple of misses could have lowered his confidence level, but he finally put an end to the 999-minute scoring drought. That, in itself, is important news in the Bayern camp. A direct shot deflected by Lewandowski for the third goal also proved that good things happen when you fire away.
Lewy loves Wolfsburg. He had another excellent game, starting it off with good pass to Bernat for a scoring chance early on. He had no trouble picking up a weird bounce to score the second goal and deflecting a hard Müller shot for the third. A good run on the left flank to set up Müller in the middle could have added another goal to the final count. Good form from the Pole.
This game showed why FC Bayern are a better team when he is in the starting lineup. Vidal provided support for the defence and allowed centre-backs to make runs and passes forward. His shot provoked Lewandowski’s first goal. Vidal also initiated attacks, controlled the midfield and sent Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben flying on the counter. A great pass to Lewandowski in the second half also was notable.
Some talk about a comeback. I talk about growth because Bernat was reliable but not spectacular in his first season. He is finally developing his potential and being worth of a Bayern kit. A darting run in the box for an early scoring chance, a flying interception on a long ball and a very useful overlapping run on the fourth goal did not scream “world class”, but definitely “great”.
Kaiser Franck offered lots of movement, nice interchange with his mates and numerous inside drifts that troubled Wolfsburg. He was also fast on the counter.
More solid and better positioned in defence, the captain had a much better game than in recent weeks. He was also doing well in attacking phases, although not having a major impact in the final third of the pitch. I’ll take it.
Javi Martínez and David Alaba
It is good news when you do not notice your centre-backs all that much over 90 minutes of football. Javi and Alaba were not tested often, and very well protected especially by their central midfielders.
A couple of big saves showed that he is still sharp whenever needed. Otherwise, he was not that involved in the game. That is fine by me.
Rafinha, Douglas Costa, Xabi Alonso