Bayern Munich: Top performers from stalemate against Gladbach

Benjamin Pavard in action for Bayern Munich against Borussia Monchengladbach.(Photo by KERSTIN JOENSSON/AFP via Getty Images)
Benjamin Pavard in action for Bayern Munich against Borussia Monchengladbach.(Photo by KERSTIN JOENSSON/AFP via Getty Images) /

After a brilliant start to the season, Bayern Munich suffered their first setback on Saturday. On Matchday four of the Bundesliga season, Bayern Munich hosted Borussia Monchengladbach in what would be their toughest match of the season so far. After an eventful 90 minutes, Bayern was able to salvage a point away from the opposition. Here are Bayern’s top performers in their 1-1 draw against Monchengladbach.

Thomas Muller

Being the strongest-willed player on the field, Thomas Muller left everything out on the pitch today. The sheer number of successful crosses Muller delivered across the face of the goal was impressive enough, it was just disappointing that they were not finished off.

In the first half, Muller had the best play of the game to get the ball across to Sadio Mane to hammer it in, but unfortunately, the goal was ruled out due to offside interference. With the constant offensive pressure, Thomas Muller drove his side with a passionate performance to tie things up.

Joshua Kimmich

Joshua Kimmich was nothing short of a powerhouse in midfield against Monchengladbach. Whenever Bayern lost possession, Kimmich was the first one to recover the ball. Whether he was delivering a perfect corner kick, drawing a crucial foul, or making a tackle to stop a fast break, Kimmich displayed his skill all over the field.

A couple of strong defensive actions were made by Kimmich to keep the score at 1-1, in what could’ve ended as Bayern’s first defeat of the season. Even though he couldn’t lead the team to victory, Joshua Kimmich still had a masterful performance and played a crucial role in keeping Monchengladbach at the bay, time and time again.

Benjamin Pavard

If it were not for an error from Upamecano, Bayern’s defense would have won them this game– led by none other than Benjamin Pavard. Week in and week out, Pavard continues to prove that he is the best defender on the field. On multiple occasions, Pavard was the first to cut out the crucial pass in Monchengladbach’s build-up or had the last-ditch effort to clear the ball.

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Not to mention his work offensively. Most of Bayern’s build-up from the backline started with a critical move from Pavard, on top of the shot he ripped from 10 yards outside of the box that drew Yan Sommer’s best save of the game in the 74th minute. A performance that rightfully earned Bayern’s Man of the Match for Benjamin Pavard.

Die Roten struggled against their, so-called, bogey team yet again. They will be looking to turn things around in their next match-up against a high-flying Union Berlin on September 3.