Joshua Kimmich showed why he has been rated among the best defenders in the world with a title-winning display in Augsburg. James Rodríguez provided another exquisite display in the absence of Bayern’s usual stars.
He does not like the comparison, but Kimmich was Lahminho again on the day. The kid raced down the right flank, terrorising Augsburg’s defence time and time again. His cross in the 31st minute was inch-perfect on his second attempt for Tolisso to equalise. Minutes later, he almost scored from a header that was cleared off the line. He created the first two goals, and he now has ten assists. His nutmeg on the right flank in creating the second goal was a skilful must-see.
His assist tally is the highest for any defender in Europe’s top leagues.
Four goals and seven assists.
Those are just numbers for James in his last seven games, and yet most midfielders struggle to reach such numbers in a league season. He set the Reds on their way to their sixth consecutive league trophy after marvelous work from Joshua Kimmich and Juan Bernat set him up for a tidy finish. He made way for Javi Martínez after a sterling show once again, in the 64th minute. The Colombian contributes to a Bayern goal every 86 minutes in the league.
Prost James, enjoy your first Bundesliga trophy. 🍻
The Dutchman put Bayern’s hand on the title with the third goal. Arjen Robben was potent in attack on the day, and was duly rewarded in the 62nd minute. In chaos erupting from a free-kick, the ball hit the upright. Robben then caught the rebound with a supercharged and precise finish toward the near post. That goal essentially and gracefully ended Bayern’s Bundesliga season in style.
Welcome back, Coco.
In his first league game since his shin injury weeks ago, Corentin Tolisso rescued Bayern with a deft header. It was probably the easiest header he has ever scored since turning a professional, as he was left unmarked from a Joshua Kimmich cross. His goal settled the team’s stride and restored the usual match authority after the slow start. Augsburg struggled to create anything after Da Coco put Bayern back in the game, in a style much like as was against Sevilla in mid-week.
“The best German striker” was very active in the box after Bayern recovered and took control of the game. He did not have many involvements due to the lack of a coherent attack at the start of the game. In the 87th minute however, Sandro gave the “kiss the badge” celebration to fans once more. He rose to head home a great Sebastian Rudy corner for an emphatic victory.
Munich boy scoring the final goal for a glorious icing on the cake? Check.
Rudy was better than he has been in recent weeks, calmly passing the ball with no erroneous occurrences. Dare I say, perhaps his relief from the recent stress of childbirth has helped his form-dipping situation. He even picked up an assist, after his corner in the 87th minute gave Sandro Wagner another header goal to sweeten the taste of both players’ first Bundesliga triumphs.
Bernat heard the critics after the game in Seville. It was great to see birthday boy Franck Ribéry being rested for Bernat to gain confidence with some game time, after his horrendous mid-week shift. However, he did start this game in average fashion. He had a massive giveaway in the first fifteen minutes that led to a counter attack for the hosts. And then he put in a couple of decent passes to help Bayern’s awakening.
His sublime touch after Joshua Kimmich’s excellent work on the right flank gave James an easy but beautiful finish for the lead. It wasn’t a bad performance from the Spaniard.
Rafinha really is a mixed bag sometimes. He had been poor all March, but after coming on against Sevilla he settled well and helped the team secure its shape. In the same way today he was quite solid at his left flank post and gave almost nothing away. His contribution to the attack was very organized as well.
Niklas endured a painful start to the game (quite literally) as his unintentional own goal also smacked him in the face. Afterward though he remained solid at the back, as Bayern calmed the game down. Also, he played better than Jérôme Boateng. That’s a point I would definitely like to stress upon, as it has been the trend mostly when they have been paired together in 2018.
Sven was very, very unlucky with Augsburg’s goal. He actually made the save from the one-on-one chance quite superbly. Sadly, Niklas Süle’s staggering height made the ball cannon of his face and into the net. After that farce though, Sven was back to his usual Bundesliga Sleep Mode.
Boateng had a comedic moment at the back in the 17th minute, where he failed to hit a pass and ended up losing the ball for an Augsburg one-on-one. As a leader in the team, this was a horrendous moment, as it unsettled the Reds and put Sven Ulreich and Niklas Süle under immense pressure to save the error. Neither of them could, and Bayern conceded the first goal. He played quite alright after that, with Augsburg struggling to create anything. Nonetheless, Boateng needs to step up, as I am hoping his class is more permanent than his currently sub-par form.
And oh, he was booked at the end of that debacle, probably for dissent.