Player ratings: Vidal and Müller shine in tough match against Schalke

Goals by “Müllendowski” saw Bayern through a competitive fixture with Schalke, with Arturo Vidal and Thomas Müller being best players on the pitch.

Excellent

Arturo Vidal

Arturo Vidal was simply stunning. He was the best player on the pitch. He was absolutely brilliant in the defensive midfield role, winning 14 tackles and making important clearances. He was simply unstoppable. His performance today was the epitome of what a box-to-box midfielder. He will be a miss for the next Bundesliga match after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season.

Thomas Müller

Thomas  Müller was simply excellent. Everything he did, from his movement and his passing to his linkup play was brilliant. He was the best attacking player for Bayern. His powerful long-range shot was parried onto the path of a predatory Robert Lewandowski. His goal was simply the Müller that we all love. The good movement to leave Schalke’s defense behind and simply stunning finish past a hapless Ralf Fährmann. Apart from that, he was always a threat whenever FCB attacked.

Great

Robert Lewandowski

Firstly, congratulations Robert on equalling Jupp’s record of scoring in first 11 home games of a season.
Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern with a predatory run and finish when he capitalized on Fährmann’s weak clearance. The striker ran the channels well and tried linking the play. He could have had few more goals too, had he taken a few other opportunities. His movement was always a threat to the Schalke defense.

Joshua Kimmich

After an interesting and nervy start to the game, the recently turned 23-year-old Joshua grew into the match as it progressed. Always a threat in attack, he marshaled his wing very well, keeping Schalke’s left side quiet for the majority of the match. It is another typical well-oiled performance from the Kid.

Arjen Robben

The Flying Dutchman had a good game again. He was involved very much on the right side, and his assist to Thomas being exceptionally good. While he couldn’t take many shots, he was very much involved in the buildup and was responsible for the toothlessness of Schalke’s left side

Good

David Alaba

David Alaba had a very good game, always ready to attack and provide an option on the left. His role in the buildup to the first goal exquisite. He delivered a brilliant cross which was left for Thomas Müller by Lewandowski. This match showed the shades of the old David Alaba.

Mats Hummels

Mats had another solid game. Slowly but surely turning into the leader of Bayern’s defense. It was a typical Mats performance.

Kingsley Coman

Kingsley came on a bit too late to affect the match, but his pace and his directness caused Schalke’s right side problems. He almost scored near the end of the game too, forcing a good save from Fährmann.

Sven Ulreich

Sven was good in the goal, making great saves when called upon. Another solid game.

Niklas Süle

Niklas replaced the injured Jérôme in the 71st minute and looked solid. He kept the last flurry of Schalke’s attack at the bay.

James Rodríguez

James had a quiet game with regards to high standards. He controlled the tempo of the match at the start and was pivotal in the buildup for the first goal. He was very tightly marked and picked up a needless yellow card.

Jérôme Boateng

Jérôme had a quiet game, he was solid when needed but looked to be not completely fit. It was shown as he lost more duels than he won. Apart from the defensive mess during when we conceded the goal, Jérôme was pretty decent game before being subbed off in 71st minute as he picked up a knock.

Average

Franck Ribéry

Franck has had a bad game. He was particularly poor in his decision making. He slowed the pace of counterattacks. Franck was dispossessed and was in general very quiet. He threatened very little in attack besides a couple of brilliant passes before being subbed off.

Bad

No one.

Not rated

Javi Martínez