Player ratings: Müller the high point in average Bayern performance

Thomas Müller stood out in a good way whereas Sven Ulreich stood out in a bad way in Bayern’s 4:2 win against Werder Bremen.

Excellent

Thomas Müller

He was in classic Müller-form this afternoon. He was quiet and unassuming until he wasn’t. He positioned himself (awkwardly) in between two Bremen defenders and powered the ball through with his right foot into the net (42’).
Müller also scored Bayern’s 4th goal of the match, speedily, powerfully. His passes were sharp and perfectly timed and he was a strong leader throughout (he was captain today).

Great

James Rodriguez

He played a quiet, calm and collected game today but his passing was strong and sharp.

Sandro Wagner

I was impressed by what I saw. He is intelligent up front and has done well to fit in in such a short space of time. Wagner has a very bright future with this club ahead of him.
 

Good

Javi Martinez

His confidence is back and he has been a dominant force in defence as well as playing higher up and moving the ball forward on his 100th Bundesliga appearance. He did have a few misplaced passes though which is why he has been rated just ‘good’.

Joshua Kimmich

Played quite high up this afternoon. He dipped back but was far too slow against Jérôme Gondorf who scored for Bremen (25’).

Franck Ribéry

He was unable top produce anything meaningful but not for lack of trying. He was much stronger in the first half but seemed to tire out in the second. 

Robert Lewandowski

Lewandowski was off the mark and slightly wasteful today. He did not seem to be alert and made Bayern’s attack a bit muted. I was so close to rating him as average. Just when I was ready to write him off for the afternoon though, he came back and put Bayern into the lead with a tight header (64’). He also put Bayern back into the lead when they had equalised – making it 3:2 with apparent ease.

Arturo Vidal

He came on to replace Javi Martinez and definitely added some more (expected) bite and ferocity to Bayern’s attack.

Average

Nicklas Süle

He appeared to be nonexistent tonight in the back. He did seem to wake up half an hour into the game and push high up and help with attack. He was a bit better at marking Bremen’s attackers in the second half.
 

Juan Bernat

More on point than usual today. He was in control at some points but he was a bit slow at marking Bremen’s attackers which proved to be a bit dangerous as they were allowed to get too close to the goal.

Arjen Robben

He played quite deep and was not his free-running self. He seemed a bit exhausted today.

Jérome Boateng

A presence at the back but also quite slow.
 

Bad

Sven Ulreich

Some sloppy moments this afternoon! He made some unnecessary tackles and looked panicked. His biggest blunder came when he was seemingly unaware as a (75’) ball from Delaney rebounded off his arm and into the net.

Not rated

Starke, Rudy, Rafinha, Tolisso, Coman