A Tired Performance Sees Bayern Munich Draw at Home to Mainz

Bayern Munich's striker Thomas Mueller (L) and Mainz' Swedish midfielder Robin Quaison vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and Mainz 05 in Munich, southern Germany, on April 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE / RESTRICTIONS: DURING MATCH TIME: DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE TO 15 PICTURES PER MATCH AND FORBID IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO. == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT 49 69 650050 (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's striker Thomas Mueller (L) and Mainz' Swedish midfielder Robin Quaison vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and Mainz 05 in Munich, southern Germany, on April 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE / RESTRICTIONS: DURING MATCH TIME: DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE TO 15 PICTURES PER MATCH AND FORBID IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO. == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT 49 69 650050 (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images) /
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 After a busy past few weeks, Bayern Munich were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Bundesliga minnows Mainz. The Bavarians looked tired and bereft of ideas, which is particularly bad news considering the important match against Borussia Dortmund midweek.

Manager Grade

C. Coach Ancelotti opted to field many of his starting xi from the away match at Real Madrid rather than rotating the squad. While some did have the energy required for the match, perhaps others–such as Arturo Vidal and Franck Ribery–would have been better suited to stay on the bench for this one. As the game came to an end and Bayern sought a winning goal, the Italian manager subbed on Xabi Alonso rather than a more attack-minded player.. Manager. Bayern Munich. CARLO ANCELOTTI

Player Grades

C-. As Bayer Munich’s stand-in goalkeeper for the rest of the season, Ulreich will have to do more to prove himself to the Bayern faithful. While he did make a great save early on, he was caught out of position a couple times and probably should have saved the penalty that sent Mainz ahead. Ulreich simply does not have the commanding presence between the sticks as his teammate Manuel Neuer, and the Bavarians badly missed that against Mainz.. GK. Bayern Munich. SVEN ULREICH

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C. Despite being the better of Bayern’s left-backs throughout the course of this season, Bernat looked worse than usual in this match. His crosses were often far too powerful and his defending was not up to scratch.. LB. Bayern Munich. JUAN BERNAT

N/A. Alaba left the match early with injury, having hardly done anything to warrant either a positive or negative grade. Hopefully his injury is nothing serious and the Austrian will be back in the squad soon.. CB. Bayern Munich. DAVID ALABA

B. Not a poor game from Hummels, but it was visibly obvious that he was tired and still not completely recovered from his recent injury. However, he has stepped up big time over the past week and really shown his commitment to Bayern Munich to recover so quickly from such a harsh injury and immediately put in two excellent performances.. CB. Bayern Munich. MATS HUMMELS

C+. The little Brazilian began the match extremely poorly, sticking Arturo Vidal in a tough situation which eventually led to Mainz’s first goal. Rafinha soon upped his game though, and played better as the match went on.. RB. Bayern Munich. RAFINHA

B+. The Spanish international did not have an amazingly brilliant game as we have become so accustomed to seeing, but he did outplay every other midfielder on the pitch. Thiago’s second goal was a perfectly hit strike after the midfield maestro used his quick feet and intelligence to create himself space at the top of the box.. CDM. Bayern Munich. THIAGO

C-. April has not been the best of months for Arturo Vidal. After being sent off (albeit questionably) midweek against Real Madrid, Vidal did not do well to make up for it against Mainz. His poor decision led to the game opener, and he spent the entirety of the match looking tired and in need of an extended rest. Unfortunately, it seems like the Chilean may have to wait a while for that rest to come, as he will surely be in the starting xi this Wednesday against Dortmund.. CDM. Bayern Munich. ARTURO VIDAL

B-. The French winger is another player who just looked a step behind on the day. However, unlike others, Ribery was able to play up to par for the 45 minutes he was on the pitch. His assist for Robben’s goal was wonderfully unselfish and capped off a brilliant Bayern counter-attack. However, soon after that the Frenchman ran out of gas and was ineffective on the left side.. LM. Bayern Munich. FRANCK RIBERY

B. For the opening 45 minutes of the game it seemed like this match was going to be all about Bayern Munich’s captain on the day. Playing deeper than in recent matches, Muller was able to use his space-finding skills to perfection and was setting up chances like it was nothing. His pass to Ribery was what set up Bayern’s first, but he could not find the same quality in the second half. Regardless, it was nice to see Thomas used deeper and not as a lone striker. The sooner Ancelotti truly learns how to get the best out of everyone’s favorite Bavarian, the better it will be for the entire team.. CAM. Bayern Munich. THOMAS MULLER (C)

RM. Bayern Munich. ARJEN ROBBEN. A-. The Dutch veteran was all over the offensive half against Mainz and was constantly Bayern Munich’s most potent attacking threat. Robben was involved in both of Bayern’s goals, expertly finishing on the first, and finding Thiago for the assist on the second. Despite his aging body, Robben continues to prove he is one of the best when fit.

D. If I had to use one word to describe Lewandowski’s game against Mainz, it would be this: anonymous. The Polish striker had fewer touches in 90+ minutes (20) than did David Alaba in his 16 (22). When Bayern were desperately searching for a game-winner many were expecting Lewandowski to be the one to provide it. However, that was not the case, and nobody will be more disappointed in his performance than himself. Expect more from him as he faces his former club this upcoming Wednesday.. ST. Bayern Munich. ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

Subs

B-. Used as an extra emergency center-back, Kimmich did well but for one lazy challenge which led to Mainz’s penalty. Despite that, Kimmich was solid defensively and precise when playing out from the back. Obviously he is better suited at right-back or in the midfield, but to be called upon so quickly and fill in so admirably is no small feat. Well done to Bayern’s Wunderkind.. CB. Bayern Munich. JOSHUA KIMMICH (17')

KINGSLEY COMAN (45'). C+. The young Frenchman came on for Ribery in the second half and brought a liveliness that the team had been missing. While his final passes may leave a little to be desired, there is no doubt that Coman is developing well and still appears to have the potential to become a star.. LM. Bayern Munich

CDM. Bayern Munich. XABI ALONSO (64'). C. I’m not entirely sure why it was Alonso who Ancelotti chose to replace Vidal, but nevertheless he did. The soon to be retired Spaniard was largely ineffectual and did not provide the directness the Bayern attack needed late on in the match.