Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka ruled the show as Bayern Munich secured an astounding 7-0 victory over VfL Bochum on Saturday.
Bayern Munich extend their winning run to seven games in all competitions with a thumping 7-0 victory over VfL Bochum on Saturday, at the Allianz Arena.
It was a domineering performance from the Rekordmeister, who were coming into the game on the back of a 3-0 victory over FC Barcelona. Bochum actually started the game well, create one or two half-chances, but a free-kick goal from Leroy Sane broke the deadlock and opened the floodgates as the hosts went on to score four goals in the first half.
There was further misery in store for Bochum after the restart, with Robert Lewandowski scoring the 5th in the 61st minute before goals from Joshua Kimmich and Eric Maxim-Choupo-Moting added more gloss to the scoreline, with Bayern registering their biggest ever victory over Bochum in the Bundesliga.
Here, at The Hard Tackle, we will rank the Bayern Munich players in their 7-0 rout over the Bochum this weekend.
Manuel Neuer: 6/10
Manuel Neuer didn’t have to break much sweat as VfL Bochum struggled to create too many chances going forward. But he was certainly lucky as Silvere Ganvoula’s goal was ruled out offside before the forward missed another golden opportunity during the final phase of the game. Another welcome clean sheet for the Bayern Munich goalkeeper.
Josip Stanisic: 7/10
Josip Stanisic fared well after replacing Benjamin Pavard at right-back. He was safe in possession, rotating the ball well and taking part in the build-up play. The youngster is growing with confidence, moving ahead of Bouna Sarr in the pecking order, though he did make way for the Frenchman midway through the second half.
Niklas Sule: 7.5/10
Niklas Sule had a stroll in the park dealing with the likes of Sebastian Polter and Ganvoula. He looked strong in tackles and avoiding making any silly errors as Bayern keep another useful clean sheet in the Bundesliga, which has become a rarity these days.
Lucas Hernandez: 7.5/10
Lucas Hernandez certainly looked impressed at the heart of the Bayern Munich backline. He was quite strong in his challenges and rarely looked troubled up against the Bochum attackers.
Alphonso Davies: 7/10
A dynamic performance from Alphonso Davies, who bombarded the flanks using his pace to keep the opposition defenders occupied. Nagelsmann made the decision to give him a breather by subbing him off at half-time.
Joshua Kimmich: 10/10
An extraordinary midfield display from Joshua Kimmich, who was the undisputed star player of the match for Bayern Munich. Led the midfield for the club with his passing, aggression and courage as well as showcasing excellent awareness to score two goals in the game. He was also very confident in his forays into the final third, before making way for Tanguy Nianzou late in the game.
Joshua Kimmich’s game by numbers vs. VfL Bochum:
101 total touches
89% pass accuracy
11 attempted long passes
8 successful long passes
3 shots [2 on target]
2 big chances created
One of the best and most consistent midfielders in the world. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/W40lppF8RO
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) September 18, 2021
Leon Goretzka: 9.5/10
Leon Goretzka was another star performer for FC Bayern. Fresh from signing a new contract extension with the club, the former Bochum youngster made a solid impression in the middle of the park, helping Kimmich dominate the game. He also went forward numerous times, notably registering the assist for Kimmich’s second goal while playing a key role in Bayern’s seventh goal of the afternoon.
Serge Gnabry: 8.5/10
Serge Gnabry made a good impression in the attacking third, making full use of his chance ahead of Jamal Musiala. The Bayern forward attacked the Bochum flanks on every opportunity, making life difficult for the opposition defenders and notably scoring the club’s third goal of the afternoon.
Thomas Muller: 9/10
Thomas Muller failed to find the back of the net against Bochum, but he was quite effective in the creative department. He made excellent movements in the final third, creating numerous opportunities for his team, including the assist for Gnabry’s goal in the first half while playing a crucial role for the seventh goal.
Leroy Sane: 8/10
Leroy Sane continued his fine run of form with yet another impressive performance. The former Man City winger is growing in confidence, as he created multiple chances in the final third as well as scoring the all-important opener with a direct free-kick. Made way for Marcel Sabitzer midway through the second half.
Robert Lewandowski: 7.5/10
Robert Lewandowski was not as dominant as he was in the Barcelona game. But he remained selfless and patient despite his lack of scoring chances and was finally rewarded with an opportunity to score in the second half. It was a solid shift in the number nine role for the Pole, who created another record by scoring in 13 consecutive Bundesliga home matches before making way for Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
13 – Robert Lewandowski is the first player in #Bundesliga history to score in 13 consecutive home matches in the competition; previously he had shared this record with Gerd Müller and Jupp Heynckes (12 each). Record. #FCBBOC pic.twitter.com/Vq4qWyUV54
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 18, 2021
Omar Richards: 7.5/10
Omar Richards made his Bundesliga debut by coming on for Davies in the second half. He made quite an impression with his energy and attacking flair down the left flank.
Marcel Sabitzer: 7/10
Marcel Sabitzer made strong some challenges and helped Bayern Munich dominate the game during the second half. A strong impression from the new signing from RB Leipzig.
Bouna Sarr: 6/10
Bouna Sarr played on the right hand during the remainder of the game after replacing Stanisic in the second half. Didn’t make much of an impact, though.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting: 7.5/10
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting once again showed his mettle, finding the back of the net shortly after coming on. It was the 50th Bundesliga goal of his career.
Choupo-Moting (15) has now scored more goals than Mauro Icardi (14) since the start of last season.
— Ali (@AIiRadhi) September 18, 2021
Tanguy Nianzou: 6.5/10
Helped out Sule and Hernandez during the final phase of the game as Bayern Munich managed to secure a clean sheet.