In a great team performance with a tough start in Freiburg, Thomas Müller took charge as captain and saw Bayern through.
He was captain on Sunday evening. Müller assisted some solid chances throughout the game. In an attempt to keep the ball in play up front (25’), he flicked it back in, and to his own disbelief, into the back of the net (on an apparent deflection off the ‘keeper), scoring Bayern’s opener. It was true Müller fashion. He also got a second goal (69’) again in Müller-style.
He made some sharp crosses and had his attacking hat on, crossing the ball forward, pushing Freiburg’s defence into tight spots. He also zipped back and formed an integral, speedy part of the defence when required. He had great, solid ball control and was tricking and out-speeding defenders throughout the match.
Ulreich made a very clever save (12’) to deny Freiburg a goal as Bayern got awkwardly caught out on a counter. Shoutout to his speedy reaction and his left foot.
As if out of absolutely nowhere, he scored Bayern’s second goal (28’) from a distance, intercepting a long pass from Freiburg. He was cool and smooth and reacted quickly and cleverly. Highly impressive stuff.
He made some important interceptions, in his quiet, efficient manner. He made six important clearances, one interception and three tackles, the most of any of Bayern’s defenders today.
He looked better in the second half, almost scoring the third goal for Bayern (49’) when he connected with a Müller pass. Moments later, he did successfully score with apparent ease, again assisted by Müller (55’). If you look at him as a standalone player, he is great and Sunday’s performance was as such. When compared with Robert Lewandowski, however, the shift he put in was quite average. That is not a fair comparison, though, and his performance was certainly decent. He was certainly trying and amassed five goalscoring attempts.
Thiago had stellar ball control and his passes were clever and accurate almost every time. Thia-glowing.
Kimmich was his usual strong defensive presence. The second half saw him take a more attacking role, showing again just how dynamic he can be.
It was good to have him back. He made a few important interceptions, playing deep, especially in the first 15 minutes of the game when the home side was making things difficult for Bayern.
Some misplaced passes but we have seen marked improvement in his performance. His ball control looked good, as he managed to manoeuvre it cleverly around Freiburg defenders. That being said, his downfall was again in front of the goal when he was unable to convert several chances sent his way especially in the second half of the game.
He was not fast enough to stop a Freiburg counter (12’) that luckily Ulreich was able to get a leg on to. He was also not quite as defensively lethal as he has been. He only made three tackles today, but was working hard at moving the game forward.
Tom Starke, Rafinha, Nicklas Süle, Javi Martinez, Sebastian Rudy, Arjen Robben, Robert Lewandowski