Bayern Munich had a tough afternoon against a resolute Werder Bremen side.
Bayern Munich dropped two points on matchday eight of the Bundesliga. The defending champions were held for a 1-1 draw by Werder Bremen at Allianz Arena on Saturday. It was an underwhelming performance from the hosts, but they remain at the top of the Bundesliga table. Here are complete ratings from a closely fought contest at Allianz Arena.
Hansi Flick—7 /10
Flick decided to give a breather to international players, so the team selection was justified. The system had only one midfielder, so it left them vulnerable on the counter. He got substitutes right in the second half. The German manager will have to come up with a better system to improve the buildup from the back in the absence of Joshua Kimmich.
GK, Manuel Neuer— 9/10
Manuel Neuer was probably the best player for Die Roten. The German international was at the top of his game, helping the hosts to avoid defeat in this game. In the first half, he made an outstanding double save to deny Joshua Sargent. He pulled off another brilliant save late in the game to help Bayern get one point from this game.
DEF, Benjamin Pavard— 6/10
Pavard looked threatening while going forward as he provided the width on the right flank. As the game went on and Die Roten looked for a winner, Pavard’s eagerness did leave acres of space behind him and expose Martinez in a one vs one duel against Bremen forwards.
DEF, Jerome Boateng— 7/10
Boateng commanded the area brilliantly and made some crucial challenges to keep Bremen’s attack at the bay. His wide passing range was on display as Bremen sat further deep in the second half, allowing Die Roten’s central defenders to station at the halfway line.
DEF, David Alaba— 7 /10
After ages, Alaba got a chance to play in the left-back position. He didn’t look rusty at all in this position. The Austrian defender made good overlapping and underlapping runs to support Costa or Coman on the left flank. He also delivered some dangerous crosses in the box. At times, Alaba was breaking the lines from a deeper position. It was a solid performance from the 28-year-old defender.
DEF, Lucas Hernandez— 6/10
Hernandez looked good during his short stay on the pitch. He is comfortable for Die Roten in the left-back position. The Frenchman looked certain to build upon the good start to the game, but an awkward fall while contesting an aerial duel forced him off the pitch in the 19th minute.