Bayern Munich: Top three performers from draw with Gladbach

Alphonso Davies was in fine form for Bayern Munich against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
Alphonso Davies was in fine form for Bayern Munich against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images) /

The 2021/22 Bundesliga season is underway for Bayern Munich. A 1-1 draw was the result of the opening match of the campaign for the defending champions. Borussia Monchengladbach proved to be a difficult opponent to earn a victory against and it was a well-earned point for the hosts.

While Bayern’s starting 11 may not have been at full strength for this fixture, it was still a starting lineup that featured many of the usual starters. Here are the top three performers for Die Roten squad that faced Monchengladbach.

Alphonso Davies

It was a strong performance from the Bayern left-back in his first appearance of the season. With a total of 109 touches, Davies did well to involve himself in the game and was one of the most impressive players for the visiting side. The 20-year-old Canadian recorded an impressive nine dribbles which was by far the most dribbles registered by any player on the pitch. Unsurprisingly, Davies was also the fastest player of the match with a recorded speed of 35.21 km/h.

Davies seemed to be everywhere on the pitch at times as he got forward on a few occasions to set up scoring opportunities. He produced two key passes and also had a shot on goal himself that was well saved by Yann Sommer.

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Robert Lewandowski

The Polish striker opened his account for the 2021/22 season with a goal in the 42nd minute. If Sommer hadn’t been in the net then it could have been a multi-goal match for Lewandowski.

The Monchengladbach goalkeeper denied the striker on multiple occasions and prevented Die Roten from taking all three points. In total, Lewandowski finished with a total of six shots and five of those attempts were on target.

Joshua Kimmich

Kimmich set up Lewandowski with a well-delivered corner kick for Bayern’s lone goal. This was the highlight of the match for Kimmich as he went on to produce a fantastic performance when it came to distribution. The midfielder recorded an impressive five key passes and completed 88.2% of all his passes. No other player on either team had as many key passes as Kimmich registered in this match.

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When it came to crosses, Kimmich completed five of his seven cross attempts and he was accurate on nine of his 11 long ball passes. Overall, the 26-year-old midfielder was one of the best players on the pitch. His superb passing ability was on full display and it helped Die Roten generate scoring opportunities.