Thursday, September 29, 2022

Bayern Munich Player Ratings In Their Disappointing Draw With Wolfsburg: Robben At His Best

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

A complacent second half saw Bayern Munich drop two valuable points at the Allianz Arena. Carlo Ancelotti’s men were on the back two consecutive wins prior to this game and were already leading at halftime through goals from Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben. However, an awful second half, full of mistakes and mediocrity aided Wolfsburg as they levelled the scoring despite being two goals down at half-time through goals from Maxi Arnold and Daniel Didavi.

Here are the Bayern Munich player ratings in their disappointing draw with Wolfsburg.

Sven Ulreich(6.5/10): Following a great performance in midweek, Ulreich went from becoming a hero to villain, as he fumbled Arnold’s long-range effort for Wolfsburg’s first goal.  An awful from the Manuel Neuer replacement.

Joshua Kimmich(7.5/10): An average display in the right back position. The youngster also misplaced a few passes which could have proved dangerous but he was kind of solid in defence nonetheless.

Jerome Boateng(7/10): Conceded the needless freekick which led to Wolfsburg’s first goal, although he shouldn’t be the one to take the blame for it. But the defence allowed Daniel Didavi to run in behind for the equalizer later in the game.

Mats Hummels(7/10): The centre-back pairing was awful for FC Bayern and Mats Hummels the other half of that defensive pairing. However, Hummels looked fairly good in possession and distribution from the back.

Rafinha(8/10): Deserves immense credit for being solid throughout the game. The Brazilian hardly put a foot wrong and had a big part to play in Robben’s goal. However, his offensive contributions weren’t as good as Kimmich’s.

Arturo Vidal(7/10): Sat behind the midfield line as a typical holding midfielder. The Chilean at times acted as an auxiliary centre back to help Bayern’s buildup. Vidal couldn’t make a telling difference against Wolfsburg.

Sebastian Rudy(7/10): Took full advantage of the space that was left in midfield, especially in the first half. But looked bad in the second half where he couldn’t manage to forge space for himself, thanks to a much more solid Wolfsburg side.

Arjen Robben(9/10): By far the best Bayern player on the field. Robben was unstoppable throughout the game with his skilled dribbles and direct runs into the channel. He became the club’s joint leading non-German top scorer in the Bundesliga.

Thomas Muller(7/10): Showed flashes of brilliant link-up play in the final third but it was a mediocre performance overall for the German International. Muller is clearly not helping himself as he seeks more game time under Carlo Ancelotti.

Franck Ribery(8.5/10): Though he missed a shedload of chances to score, Ribery was a total menace for the Wolfsburg defence. The Frenchman was constantly providing a threat on the left-hand side with his surgical runs into the box.

Robert Lewandowski(8.5/10): Was starved for decent service all night long. However, the Polish International was actually pretty good. His penalty resulted in the opener, and his 11th of the season in all competitions. The Polish International is one of the few players who look to be at their best for Bayern this season.

Subs

Corentin Tolisso(7/10): Replaced Arturo Vidal at the stroke of the hour mark. But the new signing couldn’t make a telling impact either. Although he looked good with the ball.

James Rodriguez(NA): Finally made an appearance after 84 minutes but it was too little too late for the Colombian.

Kingsley Coman(NA): Was subbed on for Franck Ribery in the final five minutes left on the clock.

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