Bayern Munich grind out win against Augsburg- Player Ratings

Bayern Munich players celebrating with fans after win against Augsburg. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich players celebrating with fans after win against Augsburg. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

After a midweek setback in the Champions League, Bayern Munich managed to bounce back with a win against Augsburg on Saturday. It was not the most convincing performance from the defending champions, but they managed to get the job done and take another big step towards retaining the league title. Let us look at how players and manager fared at Allianz Arena on Saturday.

Manager Rating

Julian Nagelsmann — 7/10

Nagelsmann made a few changes to the team that started against Villarreal on Wednesday. to keep the squad for the second leg against the Spanish side. The Bavarian team showed much more intensity and composure than they did in Spain a few days ago. Nagelsmann also managed to get his substitutes spot on in the second half to ensure that Die Roten controlled the game.

Player Ratings

Manuel Neuer — 6/10

After making a few errors on Wednesday, Manuel Neuer had a much calmer outing against Augsburg. The German goalkeeper commanded the box and helped the team to build-up play from the back. Neuer also made a good save to deny Andi Zequiri around the hour mark.

Omar Richards — 7/10

Richards had a solid game in the left-back position. The English full-back was tidy on the ball, completing 92% of passes attempted. He also made several important defensive actions that helped in stopping Augsburg from creating clear-cut chances.

Dayot Upamecano — 7/10

Apart from a lapse in concentration during the first half, Upamecano had a steady game against Augsburg. He largely dominated duels with Augsburg’s forwards and helped the team in keeping a clean sheet.

Tanguy Nianzou — 7/10

Similar to Upamecano, Nianzou also had a very good game for Bayern on Saturday. He read the difficult situations well and came on top in most of the duels he participated in.

Joshua Kimmich — 8/10

Kimmich delivered a terrific performance in the center of the park against Augsburg. The German international was secure on the ball and played some dangerous passes to break the lines. He was also solid defensively, winning the ball in crucial areas of the pitch. Kimmich was unlucky to wrap up this performance with a goal as his long-range effort shattered the crossbar.

Leon Goretzka — 6/10

Goretzka continues to build fitness for playing the entire 90 minutes. His passing was slightly poor against Augsburg as he completed 76% of the passes attempted. The German midfielder was solid defensively, but not adventurous while going forward during his hour mark stay on the pitch.

Leroy Sane — 6/10

Sane’s recent struggles continued against Augsburg. The German winger was secure on the ball, but he was not able to provide the cutting edge in the final third. Sane managed to produce poor xA and xG values of 0.03 and 0.02, respectively. He will be looking to get out of this slump sooner rather than later.

Thomas Muller — 7.5/10

Muller worked tirelessly for Bayern throughout the game. The German forward was linking up play beautifully with short and long passes. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a goal or an assist to round up a complete performance from a number ten.

Serge Gnabry — 6/10

After a breathtaking cameo against Freiburg last weekend, Gnabry had a comparatively quiet outing against Augsburg. The German forward was tidy on the ball, but he couldn’t muster meaningful shots in the final third. He was eventually replaced at the halftime mark by Musiala.

Robert Lewandowski — 8/10

Lewandowski looked much sharper than in the previous two games. The Polish striker had a brilliant header saved by his compatriot in the goal for Augsburg. He eventually got his goal from the spot as he slotted it comfortably past the goalkeeper to clinch all three points for Die Roten. The Bavarian faithful will be hoping that he carries this momentum in the big game against Villarreal on Tuesday.

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Jamal Musiala — 7/10

Musiala was used in the wide position as he replaced Gnabry after half-time. The German youngster was lively in these areas and caused a lot of problems for Augsburg’s defense with his clever dribbling.

Marcel Sabitzer — 7/10

Sabitzer kept things ticking in the center of the park after he replaced Goretzka just around the hour mark.

Alphonso Davies — 7/10

Davies provided cutting edge on the left flank for the final 30 minutes of the game as Die Roten piled pressure on Augsburg’s defense. He delivered the cross that eventually led to the penalty.

Kingsley Coman — 6/10

Coman looked lively on the flanks after he replaced Sane in the second half, but he couldn’t make a big impact in the final third like he has done in the last three months.

Josip Stanisic — N/A

Stanisic came on late in the game for Muller as Bayern was looking to see out the game.

(Stats courtesy: Fotmob)