PLAYER RATINGS | Freiburg 1-4 Bayern Munich: Leon Goretzka scores on return as Nico Schlotterbeck’s slip proves costly

A deserved win for Bayern Munich as they put four past Freiburg but perhaps a flattering scoreline. Freiburg defended well in the first half but costly mistakes from Mark Flekken and Nico Schlotterbeck saw Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern capitalise. 

Freiburg – 1 (Petersen)

Mark Flekken, 5 – After making his debut for the Netherlands over the international break, it was back to Bundesliga duty for Flekken, who would likely want to forget Saturday afternoon’s game. He misjudged his timing to claim Joshua Kimmich’s cross, allowing Leon Goretzka to open the scoring for Bayern Munich whilst he will feel he should have saved Kinglsey Coman’s effort and Bayern’s third goal.

Manuel Gulde, 6 

Philipp Lienhart, 6 

Nico Schlotterbeck, 6 – Nothing too spectacular from Schlotterbeck, who featured in a back three. Made a good block midway through the first half to break up a Bayern Munich counter-attack but will feel as though he should have done better for Bayern’s second goal. The Germany international got caught under the cross before slipping, allowing Gnabry to regain Bayern’s lead.

Jonathan Schmid, 5 

Nicolas Höfler, 6 

Max Eggestein, 5 

Christian Günter, 6

Vincenzo Grifo, 5 – Setup to play defensively, Freiburg’s creative duo of Grifo and Sallai failed to get a hold of the game.

Roland Sallai, 5 

Lucas Höler, 6 – Had a good chance to give Freiburg the lead in the first half but the pass from Max Eggestein had just a little too much on it. At full stretch, Höler could only get his toe on it.

Others: Hugo Siquet (-), Nils Petersen (7), Janik Haberer (-), Jeong Woo-yeong (-), Noah Weisshaput (-)

Bayern Munich – 4 (Goretzka, Gnabry, Coman, Sabitzer)

Manuel Neuer, 5 

Benjamin Pavard, 6 

Tanguy Nianzou, 5 – Julian Nagelsmann is a fan of the Frenchman but he’s at a age now where he has to show signs of development. Nianzou’s backpass midway through the first half, under no pressure at all, almost went out for a goal kick near the corner flag had Manuel Neuer not sprinted out of his goal to stop it.

Dayot Upamecano, 6 

Lucas Hernández, 6 

Joshua Kimmich, 7 – Heavily involved as ever, controlled the midfield and assisted Leon Goretzka for Bayern’s opening goal.

Leon Goretzka, 7 – His first game since December 4, Goretzka scored on his Bayern Munich return. Didn’t take long to settle back into his stride. Goretzka’s partnership with Kimmich is a key cog in this Bayern team.

Kingsley Coman, 8 – Has impressed massively under Julian Nagelsmann. Played a more attacking game today than his recent wing-back role. Got a lot of joy down Freiburg’s right. His goal eight minutes from time his sixth Bundesliga goal this season.

Thomas Müller, 6

Leroy Sané, 4 – Perhaps not fully match fit, the Germany international was very quiet by his standards. It’s surprising it remained on the pitch for the full game.

Robert Lewandowski, 5 

Others: Serge Gnabry (7), Niklas Süle (-), Marcel Sabitzer (7), Corentin Tolisso (-), Jamal Musiala (-)

 

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