Bayern Munich Fall to Hoffenheim in a Dull Performance

SINSHEIM, GERMANY - APRIL 04: Renato Sanches of Muenchen reacts during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayern Muenchen at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on April 4, 2017 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images)
SINSHEIM, GERMANY - APRIL 04: Renato Sanches of Muenchen reacts during the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayern Muenchen at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on April 4, 2017 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Getty Images) /
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Manager Grade

Manager. Bayern Munich. CARLO ANCELOTTI. C+. Rotated the squad again with Bayern Munich’s busy schedule in mind, Carlo can hardly be blamed for this loss. Were it not for the upcoming matches against Dortmund and Madrid, perhaps this game would have gone quite differently.

Player Grades

SVEN ULREICH. C. Bayern’s deputy goalkeeper would have hoped to give a better show for himself whilst deputizing for injured Manuel Neuer. Should have done better to keep out Hoffenheim’s lone goal, but did well to keep out several other shots.. GK. Bayern Munich

Not much to say for the Austrian full-back with his only highlight of the game being a free-kick sent tamely into the arms of Oliver Baumann.. LB. Bayern Munich. DAVID ALABA. C+

B-. For the most part, Hummels was solid at the back, ending the game with a total of 5 clearances. Spent much of the second half in the attacking third, almost scoring on a few occasions.. CB. Bayern Munich. MATS HUMMELS

C-. A rare poor game from the Spaniard, who seemed to be asleep for much of the first half. With Boateng back from injury, Javi must recover from this game if he is to continue fighting for a starting position among the Bayern back four.. CB. Bayern Munich. JAVI MARTINEZ

C. Caught out of position a few times, but did great to track back and save Bayern from going down early. The Brazilian was sporadically good yet also bad on the day, and the Bavarians certainly missed the presence of their captain on the right side of defense.. RB. Bayern Munich. RAFINHA

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D. Not at all the performance young Sanches would have hoped to give on his rare appearance in the starting XI. Of all the players in the squad, the 2016 Golden Boy winner has easily had the worst 2016-17 season thus far.. CDM. Bayern Munich. RENATO SANCHES

B. The best performer on a struggling Bayern team, Xabi Alonso played several passes into dangerous areas which his teammates simply could not put away.. CDM. Bayern Munich. XABI ALONSO

C. The young Frenchman has always played better for Bayern when played on the right side of the pitch. Struggled to use his pace and dribbling to much effect against the Hoffenheim back three, but did on a few occasions blow past his defenders only to place a cross slightly too far or short.. LM. Bayern Munich. KINGSLEY COMAN

Asked to play slightly higher up the pitch than he’s often used to, Arturo Vidal failed to have the same impact as he has throughout the season. Let down less by his own performance, but more so by the restrictions of filling the attacking midfield role.. CAM. Bayern Munich. ARTURO VIDAL. C+

C-. The flying Dutchman toiled tirelessly on the right wing, but could not yield any results. Failed to fire a shot the whole match, a shocking fact that well summarizes the strange performance of the whole team.. RM. Bayern Munich. ARJEN ROBBEN (C)

C-. An off day for the Polish striker after a prolific game over the weekend. Perhaps the number 9 is feeling tired, having no true back up to give him some much needed rest.. ST. Bayern Munich. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

Subs

Came in for Renato Sanches in the 71st minute, but could not provide the decisive goal despite his great efforts.. LM. Bayern Munich. FRANCK RIBERY (71'). C+

N/A. Came on late and did not have enough time to warrant a grade.. LB. Bayern Munich. JUAN BERNAT (74')