Bayern Munich: Three key matchups against Bayer Leverkusen

Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller during the DFB Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen.(Photo by ROBERT MICHAEL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller during the DFB Pokal final against Bayer Leverkusen.(Photo by ROBERT MICHAEL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Edmond Tapsoba will have to keep Robert Lewandowski quiet when Bayer Leverkusen host Bayern Munich. (Photo by MICHAEL SOHN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Edmond Tapsoba vs Robert Lewandowski

Alario vs Alaba will not be the only defender and striker battle to watch out in this game. Edmond Tapsoba has been a solid performer for Leverkusen this season. The 21-year-old defender boasts a good all-round defensive game, which includes the ability to make crucial interceptions and blocks.

Tapsoba is also good at playing out from the back, boasting a passing completion rate of 91% this season. He can dominate a forward in both aerial and ground duels. On Saturday, Tapsoba will be coming up against his biggest test this season in the form of Robert Lewandowski. (Stats courtesy:fbref)

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The Polish striker won FIFA’s BEST award on Thursday for his sublime performances throughout the year. After scoring 55 goals across all competitions last season, Lewandowski has maintained a similar scoring rate this season. He has managed to score 20 goals in 20 appearances across all competitions. (Stats courtesy: Whoscored)

Lewandowski had a quiet couple of weeks in the Bundesliga by his standard, which is not scoring more than a single goal in a game. He will be determined to end a remarkable year on a high note this weekend. Tapsoba has shown maturity in his performances this season. Winning the battle against the best striker will further highlight that he is one of the best young defenders in the Bundesliga.