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Bayer Leverkusen – Bayern Munich (3-0): Player ratings

Man of the Match – Stanišić (7.5): The Bayern Munich loanee gave his former teammates a nightmare. The Croatian was everywhere on the pitch, making numerous ball recoveries, covering a lot of ground in midfield with his constant pressing, and even contributing offensively by scoring just before halftime. He put in a massive performance, showcasing his all-around qualities and an impressive skillset.

Bayer Leverkusen (3-4-2-1)

Hrádecký (5.5): The Finnish goalkeeper didn’t have much to do in this match. He was never really troubled, but he still made a magnificent save at the end of the match on a shot from J. Kimmich.

Tapsoba (6): He perfectly neutralized the attacks on his right side. Very clean in his passing and recovery, he allowed his team to escape the Bavarian pressing in the first half and defend perfectly against Musiala in the second half.

Tah (7): The German defender has been reborn since the arrival of Xabi Alonso last season. Tonight, he was up to the task in the match between the first (Bayer Leverkusen) and second (Bayern Munich) placed teams, being present defensively, heading a corner just over the bar in the first half and making a ball recovery in the second half that allowed him to start the move for Frimpong’s third goal.

Hincapié (6.5): He turned in a solid performance: his game was complete from start to finish with a physical strength that allowed him to recover many balls and a very good verticality in the game that put the Bavarian block to the test.

Stanišić (7.5): see above

Andrich (6.5): The German midfielder showed that he has many qualities in ball recovery and quick passing; his passing quality also allowed him to provide an assist on Leverkusen’s first goal.

Xhaka (6.5): He is literally the Swiss army knife of this team. Tonight he was everywhere on the pitch, both offensively and defensively he showed many qualities and a certain leadership. He played a magnificent match that will, in my opinion, give the Munich midfield nightmares.

Grimaldo (7): The former Benfica Lisbon player continues his magnificent run since the beginning of the season. Author of a splendid goal tonight, he once again displayed all his technical quality and speed. His dribbling and bursts of speed were very difficult for the opposing defenders to contain. He was replaced by Puerta at the end of the match.

Tella (6.5): The young Nigerian was everywhere on the pitch, sometimes on the left and then on the right, he gave the Bavarian defense a hard time with his technical quality and speed. This allowed him to provide a remarkable assist for Grimaldo at the beginning of the second half. He was replaced by Frimpong, who more than succeeded in his comeback, as he also tormented the Bavarian defense with a post and a goal from more than 30 meters in the last seconds of the match.

Wirtz (5.5): He was present without showing his usual genius. He was a free electron throughout the match, distributing many balls with a disconcerting technical ease. Despite everything, he lacked realism in front of goal, not creating any real chances for himself. He was replaced by Hložek at the end of the match.

Adli (6): Very present on his side, he showed his qualities as a sprinter in this match. His technical mastery is undeniable, he was able to get rid of the Munich defense several times without showing a real cutting edge in front of goal.

Bayern Munich (3-4-2-1)

Neuer (4): The great German goalkeeper was helpless. Orphaned by a too tired defense, some mistakes in his passing game didn’t help his team to get out of the pressing imposed by Leverkusen. His match was therefore not a great success despite a few saves that allowed his team to stay in the game.

Kim Min Jae (4): The South Korean player was already back in competition after his team’s elimination on Tuesday. Unsurprisingly, we saw a tired player who lacked sharpness and aggression in the defensive phases, which allowed Leverkusen to open the scoring.

Dier (3.5): The English player didn’t show anything during the match. Not very present in the duels and often against the flow of the game, the English international didn’t perform for his debut under the Munich colors.

Upamecano (5): The French international alternated between good and bad in this match. Back from injury, he was clumsy at first with some missed passes, but then managed to get into the game and even prevent Leverkusen from scoring before half-time with a magnificent defensive return. He came off before the hour mark and was replaced by Kimmich.

Mazraoui (4): The Moroccan full-back was in the spotlight at certain times of the match. He was more present on the attacking front with some ball recoveries and some breakthroughs. However, the defensive side of the game was not very well managed by the player who was guilty of several mistakes.

Goretzka (4): We can’t say that this match will remain in his memory. He often lacked technical accuracy against the pressing of Xabi Alonso’s players and brought little to the midfield. He was replaced by Tel.

Pavlović (4): The young Bayern hopeful was completely overwhelmed during this match. He was invisible for part of the game. We can excuse this performance by his young age. He was replaced by Muller.

Boey (5): The French defender from Galatasaray had a complicated first start, often isolated and alone on his side, he was often in a two-against-one situation. However, we must underline his commitment, which was exemplary. He was replaced by Guerreiro.

Musiala (4): The young German prodigy was absent during this match. Not very present in all areas of the game, he had a lot of trouble raising his level of play. Replaced by Choupo Moting.

Sané (5): He was perhaps the most prominent attacking player for Bayern Munich. His runs and his technique were very useful for the Bavarian club.

Kane (3.5): The English international was unable to show the extent of his talent as he has done since the beginning of the season against a strong Leverkusen defense. He was completely locked down and was not dangerous offensively.

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