Player ratings: youngsters shine in steady win against Frankfurt
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Player ratings: youngsters shine in steady win against Frankfurt

In Bayern’s strong but steady win against Frankfurt, the youngsters shone far brighter than the veterans.

Bayern Munich were in control for most of the game but kept the pace in check. Jupp Heynckes fielded a rotated lineup with four youth players starting – and they excelled.

Excellent

Franck Evina

Another Franck at left wing? He made a bright start, pushing forward, showing his dynamism. He was all over the pitch – it really did not look like it was his first team debut. He made a tight pass to assist in an almost-goal (63’) by racing down the right wing and passing through to Wagner. The latter was unable to finish but it was a supreme pass. He seemed to pick up an injury which saw him retire early (65’).

Niklas Dorsch

This youngster is going FAR. He scored Bayern’s opening goal (42’) on his first team debut. His passes were on point, he was confident and he was positioning himself in the right places at the right time.

Great

Meritan Shabani

Strong start but he needs more confidence. He also got dispossessed relatively easily but his footwork was very promising. He was subbed off in the second half for Thiago Alcantara (56’).

Sven Ulreich

Ulreich had another solid performance between the posts. He made a magnificent save (41’) coming far out of the net.

Sandro Wagner

He showed more determination than Robert Lewandowski did against Real Madrid (*cough*). He pushed forward and worked hard to position himself correctly but he was just unable to get into position fast enough. He managed to do it in the second half however (75’) scoring the second goal for the home side.

Thiago Alcântara

He showed calm, calculated control up front, helping with the attack. He added more variety to Bayern’s attack with a right-footed power shot from outside the box (61’), however the chance was thwarted.

Good

Sebastian Rudy

He was good and improved in the second half. We did not see anything outstanding today, however. That being said, he assisted Bayern’s second goal, running the ball forward and passing it on to Wagner who completed the chance.

Nicklas Süle

He came on to replace young Evina (65’) who seemed to pick up a minor injury after a very strong debut. He was strong and versatile and also scored Bayern’s fourth goal, capitalising on a sleepy Frankfurt defence (90’).

Corentin Tolisso

Tolisso’s passes were accurate and he was very much in control. He was just unable to incorporate this accuracy to his scoring, unfortunately – he had a chance in the final minutes of the game as he sped forward and sent a low cross into the net – however it was saved quite easily.

Joshua Kimmich

Kimmich was in total control at the back again. He played a more defensive game than he usually does and stayed back. He was subbed off for Rafinha in the second half.

Average

Lars Lukas Mai

I admit he was above average – I would have placed him somewhere between ‘average’ and ‘good’ if I could but I will be harsh. It was not a bad start but he was a tad slow. He was positioning himself in the right places defensively but needed more confidence and conviction as he seemed a bit hesitant sometimes.

Rafinha

He came on in the second half to replace Kimmich who will likely be rested so he is Champions League ready. He needs to keep a check on his rage as it sometimes leads to recklessness (lol same) when he is tackling. He had a great moment when he raced forward on a counter (87’) and scored Bayern’s third goal.

Mats Hummels

He had an average game but was left with egg on his face in the second half (78’) as his attempt at a deflection left him on his backside – and left Frankfurt with a goal.

Juan Bernat

Not sure if it has been said before but this man is slow – despite his potential (spoiler: it has been said a hundred and twelve times). This caused a couple of hairy moments for Bayern, as Eintracht Frankfurt’s attackers got too close for comfort.

Bad

None.

Not rated

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