Player ratings: Ribéry and Martínez marvel in challenging Sevilla win

Javi Martínez and Franck Ribéry’s performances were the strongest and Juan Bernat’s the weakest in a laboured performance in Sevilla.
Bayern salvaged a 2:1 win at Sevilla with some good defensive work. Ribéry does not seem to be ageing, and Javi Martínez still dominated the midfield.

Excellent

Javi Martínez

Martínez was nothing but the personification of brilliance in the midfield. After being snubbed by Spain in the last round of international matches he put in an amazing performance in his preferred central defensive midfield role.
He was very disruptive in this position, breaking up Sevilla’s plays. He made five interceptions and also made a brilliant last-ditch tackle to stop an near-certain goal. He made a great effort in attack after forcing the Sevilla keeper into an amazing save.

Franck Ribéry

He provided the shot that led to the first goal after his deflection found a way into the goal. His wing-play was also very good as he ran riot on Jesus Navas down the left. In the first half, he looked to be the only attacking player that was putting in a solid effort. He also linked up with Thiago Alcantara, sending in an exquisite cross that the latter shot home.

Great

James Rodriguez

James continued his fine run of form. His first touch on the ball after replacing the injured Arturo Vidal led to Bayern’s first goal. He followed that up with pure brilliance in the midfield creating numerous chances as his presence on the pitch forced Sevilla unto their back foot. Once he came on, Bayern became a completely different side as they went on to dominate the game. He also had a peach of a shot on goal that forced another tight save from the Sevilla keeper.

Joshua Kimmich

He continues to impress with his displays. Even though he does not like the Phillip Lahm comparison, his performances down the left mirrored the Bayern legend. He continues to show domination in both attack and defence. Versatile.

Mats Hummels

A monster in the backline. His positioning bailed Bayern out of trouble numerous times as he tried his best to nullify the Sevilla attackers.

Jerôme Boateng

Boateng was an important thorn in Sevilla’s attacking efforts. He played brilliantly alongside Hummels as he aided in restricting Sevilla’s attack. This relationship with Hummels will continue to flourish as they get ready for the World Cup this summer.

Sven Ulreich

If it wasn’t for his brilliant saves Bayern would’ve been in major trouble. Sevilla made 7 shots on target as they tried to get something out of this match. He however was beaten only once in the match up after Juan Bernat made a blunder. His performances with Bayern may warrant a call up to the World Cup.

Good

Arturo Vidal

He picked up an injury early on in the match. His nature of being a real warrior showed as he put in several important tackles that broke down many of Sevilla’s attacks. He soldiered on until the pain was too much as he was replaced by James.

Thiago Alcantara

He had a quiet first half and was not really creating any chances in the midfield. The second half was far better as the spaces that he could exploit in midfield were more apparent. He even scored from a wonderful cross by Franck Ribéry. His defending was also very good.

Rafinha

The little Brazilian had a great match after coming on for Juan Bernat. He was impressive and Sevilla was basically nullified as their attack withered away. He may see a few more matches coming his way as the confidence in Juan Bernat continues to diminish.

Average

Robert Lewandowski

Disappointing. He did not have much effect on the game. His lack of attacking output could be attributed to the lack of good balls forward that he could’ve capitalised on. Still, it was a pretty average showing by the normally dominant striker.

Thomas Müller

Similarly to Lewandowski, he did not have much effect on the match. He played an average match and was not much involved with the attacking plays – although he did seem to try.

Bad

Juan Bernat

Another poor performance by the backup left back. He played a key role in giving Sevilla their first goal after poor marking gave Pablo Sarabia space to release a venomous shot just outside the 5-metre box. Jupp Heynckes was not happy with his display as he was taken off at half time.

Not rated

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