FC Bayern dropped points again against TSG Hoffenheim in the championship race. On the offensive, there is once again a lack of penetrating power – and Yann Sommer lacks the decisive centimetres. The winners and losers of the game as well as the individual reviews and grades of the FCB pros.
Winner: Benjamin Pavard (Bayern)
Sovereign on the defensive and now one of the most dangerous, if not the most dangerous man on the offensive – there are currently no arguments against a contract extension.
Loser: Angeliño (TSG Hoffenheim)
At Hoffenheim, no player was really positive, but Angelino was particularly disappointing. He won just one tackle and recorded by far the most turnovers of any player on the pitch.
Loser: Bayern’s offensive
Once four goals against BVB – with the friendly help of the opponent. Then three goals in four games. In the game forward, not much is right – there is a lack of wit, speed, compelling degrees. And if a player is free in front of the goal, the ball doesn’t want to go in. Thomas Tuchel has a lot to do – it can’t just be the missing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Yan Summers: Didn’t see a single shot towards his goal in the first half. Cleared a cross on Stiller’s head in the second half and was lucky that it didn’t become dangerous (56′). Still on the ball for the free-kick goal, but could only steer the ball to the inside of the post – just like against City, the decisive centimeters were missing. grade: 4
FC Bayern Munich: Defense
Benjamin Pavard: One of the most dangerous offensive players in his team at half-time. Chased a long shot just over the box (5th), then tipped the ball over the line after Coman’s shot in the style of a center forward. He was just offside for his second goal. Missing against Mainz with his fifth yellow card. Grade: 2.5.
Dayot Upamecano: Still seemed a bit uncertain in the early stages, the performance against ManCity still seemed to be in the bones. Increased as the game progressed when Hoffenheim pressed briefly, but he wasn’t quite in the saddle. grade: 4
Matthijs de Ligt: Had little to do defensively against harmless Hoffenheim, nothing to blame. Note 3.
João Cancelo: Moved up far when in possession of the ball, sometimes a playmaker halfway to the left of Coman. Had a few good ideas but didn’t pan out. Got applause from the scene with a rustic tackle against Kramaric on his own sixteen (41st). Tested Baumann with a long shot (65th). But also a few unnecessary ball losses. Grade: 3.5.
FC Bayern Munich: Midfield
Joshua Kimmich: Unwound his usual workload in midfield, but currently simply does not radiate dominance. In the offensive game, mainly ball distributors, without the brilliant ideas. Some standards, however, emanated danger. Grade: 3.5.
Leon Goretzka: Very inconspicuous appearance in midfield. Radiated no goal danger. Then made way for Jamal Musiala after an hour. grade: 4
Leroy Sane: A couple of good runs through midfield in the first half. After the break, gave away a promising counterattack because he didn’t want to finish with the right (53′). Then down after an hour. Grade: 3.5.
ThomasMiller: In the game forward, as usual, looked for the next man instead of his own degree. Put it well across to Gnabry (67th), but on the other hand he lacks the goal danger himself. Created the free-kick before conceding, although you might not necessarily have to give it. Grade: 4.5.
Kingsley Coman: First half with Cancelo up front on the left wing. But he didn’t make enough use of his speed advantages, not once pulling towards the baseline. His accidental shot made it 1-0 through Pavard. A little more explosive after the break, failed once by Baumann (46th). grade: 4
Bayern Munich: Attack
Serge Gnabry: Called up again as number nine. Barely visible in the first half, moved once from a good position (36th). More dangerous after the break but unlucky in the finish. A header from a Kimmich corner landed directly in Baumann’s arms (65′), and was blocked a little later. In the final phase over from the best position, in injury time again unlucky. Grade: 4.5.
FC Bayern Munich: Substitute
Mathy’s phone: Substituted for Leroy Sané in the 60th minute. Failed from a good position at Baumann (84th). Grade: 3.5.
Alphonso Davies: Substituted for Kingsley Coman in the 60th minute. But couldn’t move anything forward in the game. Grade: 3.5.
Jamal Musiala: Came in for Leon Goretzka in the 60th minute. Raised a couple of times in midfield, but without any successful moves. grade: 4
Ryan Gravenberch: Substituted for Cancelo in the 80th minute. No rating.