Bayern Munich have the opportunity to clinch their 8th successive Bundesliga title in-a-row against Werder Bremen, a side they’ve consecutively defeated in their last 18 league games. They weren’t as flashy, but still managed to get the job done with a 1-0 win to crowned as the champions of Germany!
After a drab start to the game, the Bavarians showcased their lethal fangs in the 43rd minute when Robert Lewandowski brilliantly beat the off-side trap to give them the lead. The Bavarians weren’t the most clinical in the second-half, but dug in deep to grind out the victory and immerse themselves as Germany’s undisputed best once again!
Bayern Munich Player Ratings
Hans-Dieter Flick (7.5) –
For this game, Flick set his side up to get the job done. They did it pretty well. However, the German manager’s overall work must be praised. Bayern were slipping further away from the title race and looked to be nowhere close to winning the title. The way he took over a disgruntled team and elevated the standards is impressive.
Flick not only promoted youth, but he also inspired experienced stars like Muller and Boateng to rediscover their best. He trained them perfectly to play a slick, fast-paced style which resulted in stunning also. Flick definitely deserves the full-time job and if there’s someone responsible for making this possible, it’s him.
Manuel Neuer (7.0) –
Neuer has been exposed to some venomous shots on his goal early on, but saved them all. Denied Bremen the chance to steal a point in the dying minutes, with his excellent reactive save from a close header proving his class.
Benjamin Pavard (6.5) –
Pavard isn’t as adventurous romping forward in attack today, looking to stay behind to help his defenders. Hit the side-netting in the 61st after finally going forward. However, he didn’t allow many attacks go through his side and was disciplined as always.
Jerome Boateng (7.5) –
Boateng is carrying himself as Bayern’s defensive general pretty well today. Actually managed his side’s first shot on target with a thunderous attempt in the 32nd. Played a perfect chipped pass to assist Lewandowski’s strike. The experienced defender maintained a ring of reliability with his clever defender, with his key interceptions, clearances helping Bayern secure the win.
David Alaba (6.5) –
Alaba’s being more aggressive today with his challenges as he looks focused on getting the job done for his side. Kept Bremen’s sparky attackers at bay with his hard-working defending. Moved around the ball well and thrive against the pressure to earn his side the clean sheet.
Alphonso Davies (4.5) –
Davies is living up to his ‘road-runner’ reputation with his blistering movement down the left. Bit reckless to pick up a booking in the 19th minute after lashing out at another player. Lucky not to get sent off there. He did manage to break the Bundesliga record for top-speed in a match, racking up a top-speed of 36.5kmph.
He did get sent off in the 79th minute very harshly after a soft foul, ending his night in misery.
Joshua Kimmich (6.5) –
The assertive midfielder is moving around the ball really well with his wonderful long-balls. As usual, his set-piece delivery was superb and Kimmich covered well for his defenders as well. Kept things moving around well in midfield and ensured his side never buckled under the pressure. Another professional performance.
Leon Goretzka (6.0) –
Bayern’s hero for the last two games aiming for a trifecta. Not really able to force any noticeable chances in the first-half. Goretzka assumed a more defensive role for this game, with his crunching challenges and tackles helping to kick-start counter-attacks.
Thomas Muller (6.5) –
Muller returns looking to break the Bundesliga record for most assists in a season. Looked a bit rusty in the first-half but retained his proactive nature in the second. Put in a beautiful cross for Lewandowski around the hour-mark only to see him miss it.
His clever movement and link-up play helped create a few decent chances, but Muller will need to wait before he can break Kevin de Bruyne’s record.
Kingsley Coman (7.0) –
Coman is buzzing with energy early on but botched a promising scoring opportunity by shooting wide in the 11th. Popped up in the center to hit a sweet header that barely scraped past the goal. Went on a mazy run in the 81st, but his shot was well saved. Definitely Bayern’s most exciting winger on the day, with his electric movement and trickery lighting up his side’s frontline.
Serge Gnabry (5.0) –
Gnabry looks to be high on adrenaline looking to get things started in attack. The German worked very hard, but he failed to get as involved as he’d like to have been and couldn’t create much either.
Robert Lewandowski (7.5) –
Bayern’s goal-machine is back after serving a one-game suspension. Lewandowski’s also back to what he does best – scoring goals. The Polish striker superbly outfoxed the entire Bremen defence before a triumphant finish to score his 31st Bundesliga goal this season.
Struck a beautiful finish with a fancy flick to seemingly score his 2nd in the 55th, but saw his heroics ruled out. Then he misses a point-blank header five minutes later! Nonetheless, his goal turned out as the championship winner for Bayern, meaning Lewandowski directly helps his side win another trophy.
Lucas Hernandez (N/A) –
The Frenchman was slotted in to complete the defence after Davies’ sending off and helped Bayern absorb the late pressure pretty well.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Despite Lewandowski’s impressive goal, I’ll have to give this to Jerome Boateng. He epitomised how much he’s improved under Flick’s guidance by being a pillar in Bayern’s defence today and also assisting the title-clinching goal.