FC Bayern won 2-0 at TSG Hoffenheim. While one could do self-promotion in the absence of Sané and Mané (initially on the bench), two colleagues had problems. The notes of the Munich.
SVEN ULREICH: He mastered the few challenges (Rutter, Prömel) in the first half, in the end there were three saves. Now and again integrated into the game structure, pleasant working day in the Kraichgau. Grade: 2.5.
BENJAMIN PAVARD: Early challenged against Angelino and with mini wobblers. Frequently involved in the game opening and with several nice lateral displacements. Also won important duels – and didn’t lose a single one (7/7). Grade: 2.
DAYOT UPAMECANO: Had to show his pace against Rutter one time or another and had a hard time, in one case close to a foul and in another badly nibbled. He later saw the due yellow card. Saved still on the line. grade: 4
MATHIJS DE LIGT: Less conspicuous than neighbor Upamecano, which doesn’t have to be a bad thing for a central defender. Most clearing actions (8), (almost) faultless in a duel. Again the hoped-for resting place. Grade: 2.5.
ALPHONSO DAVIES: A lot went left, the Canadian always had the forward gear switched on. Defensively against Prömel with the well-known carelessness. But also pushed again and again in the second half, very diligent, best pass rate. Note 3.
JOSHUA KIMMICH: Once again the focal point of the Munich game and almost flawless. Winning the ball before the 2:0. Most ball actions (93), one of the best pass rates (88 percent), many ball wins. Unspectacular, but strong. Grade: 2.
LEON GORETZKA: As usual, played the more offensive part next to Kimmich and scored plus points with the header extension to Musiala. He let the 2:0 lie. Had a few minor mistakes in the game, a lot went past him. There’s more. Grade. 3.5.
KINGSLEY COMAN: Got ahead of Mané due to pressure and needed a few minutes to get into the game. Very committed and on the road a lot, but the last punch was missing. Rather pale compared to his neighbors. grade: 4
JAMAL MUSIALA: He ripped off the invitation to make it 1-0 and subsequently made deals. He frivolously frittered away a promising counterattack. Held his knee several times and was allowed to call it a day after 75 minutes. Grade: 2.5.
SERGE GNABRY: Scored the first deal and was initially THE asset in the Bayern game. Just as he seemed to be breaking down, he staged Choupo-Moting perfectly. Most shots of all players (5). Exclamation mark to Mané, Sané and Co. Grade: 2.
ERIC MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTING: He more than deserved another starting eleven nomination and tested Baumann (too central) after ten minutes. The second attempt worked. Often found in midfield as a pass station. Less conspicuous after the break. Grade: 2.5.
SADIO MANÉ: Replaced Coman after an hour. He had his most striking moments in stoppage time, when he missed a hundred percent – luckily he was offside – and missed the goal to the left. Grade: 3.5.
MARCEL SABITZER: Came for Goretzka and had a dangerous finish straight away. Blocked a short time later. Well integrated into the game, also in defensive duels with positive moments. Note 3.
MATHYS TEL: Called up in the front line for Choupo-Moting, he provoked a yellow card against Kabak. Also found on the wings, he did not succeed in counting anything. Grade: 3.5.
RYAN GRAVENBERCH: A finish, a duel won, there was not much more that the Dutchman, who is not particularly happy with his playing time, could do in about fifteen minutes. No rating.
NOUSSAIR MAZRAOUI: Was allowed to slip into an offensive role for Gnabry, but was no longer able to put himself in the limelight, also because FCB reduced his attacking efforts. No rating.