Bayern Munich defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 in an exciting display of offense. These are the party prizes:
Change of shirt: Randal Kolo Muani
This award is purely for namesake today. Frankfurt put on a pretty solid performance but ultimately lost 6-1. However, Muani made sure to play his best after he was substituted. He’s fast, strong, pretty acrobatic to be honest (although that bike kick missed miserably) and has skill on the ball. As a relatively new addition to the Frankfurt team, it seems that he is already doing quite well.
The Bomber: Serge Gnabry
With a goal and an assist, Gnabry did very well on the pitch today (with the exception of that worn pass to Müller, who subsequently missed an open goal). If it hadn’t been for wasted chances and some bad moments, Mané would have made it. But Gnabry took the spotlight up front (until he was substituted). The attack in the first half was so fluid, it was beautiful.
If Gnabry can build on this and use it as his starting point for the season, we could be in for quite the ride. On his first goal, the defenders completely forgot about him and he was floating unmarked down the side. And of course, with a run as smooth as silk and a slow and careful finish, he scored Bayern’s fifth goal of the day. Gnabry’s beautiful float pass to Mané for his header was simply sublime and couldn’t have been more precise. What a performance from him today.
Fussballgott: Joshua Kimmich
After a slow start to the season, it looks like Kimmich has finally found his groove. He had a fantastic game today and set the pace of the game at all times. He started the game in the fifth minute with an incredibly placed free kick (the angle he was very tight at), and just kept pushing the roaring machine that was Bayern. Kimmich’s partnership with Sabitzer starts to look better and better with each passing game, and I can only hope they continue to play that way in future matches as well. Incredible overall game from Kimmich, well done lad.
Der Kaiser: Dayot Upamecano
The Frenchman was once again the cornerstone of Bayern’s defense. In the opening minutes of the match, it seemed like the Bayern defense was struggling (although it didn’t matter too much, the attack was too busy scoring FIVE goals), but Upa was there constantly to contain the few but pertinent threats. He played the full 90 minutes, but looked spirited and had some key tackles throughout the game. Muani’s entrance towards the end of the game was so subtle yet incredibly clever and gave us a glimpse of just how talented the man really is. If it wasn’t for Upa, the score might have been a little different.
Match Master: Jamal Musiala
What. A player. We’ve said it before here at BFW, and we’ll say it again. Jamal Musiala is an absolute gem of a player and it is amazing to see him perform like this on the big stage once again. He just shows the mettle of him and how worthy he is of a first team place as a regular starter. It looks like Nagelsmann has finally measured Moose’s talent and it’s amazing to see him start every game so far.
As the coach said, it is as if the ball were like a magnet for his feet. His ability to control the ball is incredible and he has the vision of legends like Müller himself. Scoring two of today’s six goals, Moose was by far the best player on the field. And to think he’s only 19 (he lets that cook for a while). His first goal was a simple touch inside, but his composure and coolness complemented his positioning extremely well. His second goal, however, shows how good he really is. Assisted with an (extraordinarily good) pass from Sané, Moose controlled the ball perfectly and finished it coolly to make the score 6-1. He shows that the only way to get the ball off his feet is to foul him. To end my hype for him, here are some of his stats from today:
Jamal Musiala’s match in numbers vs. EintrachtFrankfurt:
80% shot accuracy
66% tackles earned
4/5 dribbles completed
2 opportunities created
infant prodigy. pic.twitter.com/q8aOqDWeO4
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) August 5, 2022
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