Player ratings: Lewandowski at the helm for Bayern in Paderborn thrashing

Bayern were made to play under pressure in their 6:0 win in DFB-Pokal win at Paderborn. Under pressure, the defense came out on top with flying colors and Robert Lewandowski was the best man on the pitch.

Excellent

Robert Lewandowski

Definitely a contender for the goal of the month on display by the Pole. His movement towards the far post to give himself the necessary space and the control and finish in the tight angle was excellent. Overall his work rate was extremely good as well. In the first half, we saw him defend very well against a dangerous cross from Bayern’s left and clear the ball. He showed that he is a master at holding up play. Overall, in terms of work rate, positional awareness, and finishing, he was the perfect number 9.

Great

Thomas Müller

His performance, his movement overall and his creativity were on show. Unfortunately, he got a knock trying to set up the goal. We hope it’s nothing too serious.

Joshua Kimmich

Kimmich was dangerous in attack, kept making his trademark overlapping runs. He created a lot of space for Arjen Robben. Such tenacity was missing at the weekend when Rafinha was used at right-back. He timed his run beautifully and scored Bayern’s third of the night.

Kingley Coman

A constant threat down the left, great pace, good movement and was rewarded with a goal that Robben couldn’t take advantage of. Somehow, I feel he is being underused and needs more game-time to get some momentum and form in his game. Overall, great performance.

Corentin Tolisso

He has played a great game, and is improving night after night. He did get a goal from a James corner and supplied good balls forward. Looks to be improving in form and it seems to be only a matter of time until he reaches top form provided he gets sufficient minutes on the pitch. A great performance.

Mats Hummels

A typical dependable Hummels performance. Solid at the back with great passing vision and a keen eye for interceptions. Except for his yellow card, he had a great game.

David Alaba

He showed pace, flair and worked up a good combination on the left with Coman. Unfortunately, he took a knock and we hope it’s nothing serious.

Arjen Robben

Missed a sitter which later Coman took care of, giving him an assist. The real beautiful part was Bayern’s fifth. The layoff from Sebastian Rudy and the shot from Robben was brilliant and beautiful to look at. He also did score one of the easiest goals of the season in Bayern’s sixth. A great performance from the veteran.

Good

Niklas Süle

Despite being so tall and robust, Nicklas Sule is surprisingly quick. His physicality combined with his pace makes him one of the best upcoming centre-back talents in the world. After a few questionable games early on in the season under Ancelloti, Süle has started finding his feet. Under Heynckes, he has been improving game by game, showing great promise. Except for his bad pass, which could have resulted in a clear-cut goal for Paderborn, his performance was good.

James Rodríguez

Seemed to be two different players in two different halves. This has not been his best game today. His free kicks and corners have not been good enough in the first half, but have been spot on after the break. His corner in the second half was responsible for Bayern’s fourth. His passing has been a little bit wayward today and it may be that a little of fatigue has crept in for the Columbian. A good performance nevertheless.

Sven Ulreich

He didn’t have to do much, but was good in whatever he did get to do.

Average

Arturo Vidal

Not yet returned to his best yet, a few lunging challenges and a yellow card was awarded to him. Coming back from a stomach virus, he may not be at 100%. By his standards, an average performance.

Bad

No one.

Not rated

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