Player ratings as Tuchel returns with huge win
Bayern Munich made a dominant start to their new era under Thomas Tuchel by thumping Bundesliga title rivals Borussia Dortmund 4-2 to regain top spot in Germany’s top flight.
Dortmund went into the international break as the league leaders but crumbled in familiar fashion in Bavaria on Saturday as Gregor Kobel embarrassingly skewed a Dayot Upamecano pass into his own net early on.
Thomas Muller netted a quick-fire double to put Bayern 3-0 up in 25 minutes before Kingsley Coman slid in to make it four at the start of the second half.
Dortmund were once again overawed by the Klassiker occasion but did manage to pull two goals back as Emre Can converted a penalty before Donyell Malen rattled one in during stoppage time.
New Bayern boss Tuchel did face former side Dortmund recently in the Champions League in 2019/20 with Paris Saint-Germain, coming out 3-2 aggregate winners in the last 16. However, the former Chelsea manager couldn’t have expected such a generously poor start from BVB in his first outing with Bayern.
The visitors did craft a decent opening before conceding the lead as Marius Wolf teed up Marco Reus, but Matthijs de Ligt covered to blocked his shot on goal.
But moments after Can was booked during a heated exchange with the referee, a serious lapse in judgement from goalkeeper Kobel handed Bayern the lead in the 13th minute. Upamecano’s hopeful punt upfield could have been gathered by the Swiss stopper in his area, but instead he slashed at it and made only the slightest of connections, the ball trickling behind him and into the net.
Dortmund have crumbled in recent trips to the Allianz Arena and they were clearly familiar with the script as some statuesque defending allowed De Ligt to head a corner towards Muller, who stayed onside to turn in from close range.
Bayern’s grip on the game intensified when Dortmund quickly lost possession in their own third. Leroy Sane’s shot from distance was parried by Kobel into Muller’s path and the German forward reacted quickest to grab his second of the game.
Dortmund were hit by an injury to centre back Nico Schlotterbeck just before half time, with Mats Hummels coming off the bench to face his former club. They did engineer a decent move as Julian Brandt and Raphael Guerreiro combined to set up Julian Ryerson, but the left-back fired over.
it could have been 4-0 before the break when Coman ran onto Leon Goretzka’s through ball, but the French winger tripped up on the turf when attempting to round Kobel.
A BVB cross almost found Sebastien Haller at the start of the second half, but instead Bayern countered to net their fourth goal of the evening. Sane controlled a booming switch of play and crossed low – nutmegging Muller in the process – towards Coman who prodded in at the back post.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had an acrobatic effort disallowed before being denied by Kobel having latched onto Sane’s fizzed pass.
Dortmund saw a faint glimmer of hope when substitute Serge Gnabry brought down Jude Bellingham, allowing Can to beat Yann Sommer from the penalty spot.
Their second goal came slightly too late to force a grandstand finish as Malen produced an instinctive finish after neat interplay with Guerreiro in the 90th minute.
Bayern saw out the remaining few minutes to usurp Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga, leading their rivals by two points.
GK: Yann Sommer – 6/10 – Had to gather a few ambitious shots but his work load was pretty minimal. A bit too rooted for the second goal.
RB: Benjamin Pavard – 7/10 – Rarely had to be worried about Reus or Guerreiro in behind.
CB: Dayot Upamecano – 7/10 – Might claim the first goal if he’s feeling lucky. Made a few tackles which kept Bayern in the ascendancy. Booked and suspended for Bayern’s next game.
CB: Matthijs de Ligt – 7/10 – Great header gave Muller a tap in. Could have done more to prevent Malen on another day.
LB: Alphonso Davies – 7/10 – Made a couple of mistakes in quick succession early on but his recoveries in defence and outlet in attack made up for any rustiness.
CM: Joshua Kimmich – 7/10 – Engineered another Klassiker victory for Bayern, picking out Muller in dangerous areas.
CM: Leon Goretzka – 7/10 – Created a couple of big opportunities and didn’t lack a goal threat himself.
RW: Leroy Sane – 8/10 – Was allowed to dribble unopposed at times, which obviously plays to his strengths. Nice ball across the box set up Coman.
AM: Thomas Muller – 8/10 – Great anticipation to be in the right place to score two easy goals in the first half.
LW: Kingsley Coman – 8/10 – A constant threat with the ball at his feat and arrived on the spot to convert Sane’s pass.
ST: Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting – 7/10 – Just strayed offside before controlling, swivelling and shooting past Kobel.
Sadio Mane (69′ for Choupo-Moting) – 5/10 – Joined in the frequent Bayern attacks but couldn’t cash in.
Serge Gnabry (69′ for Muller) – 5/10 – Gave away a penalty minutes after his introduction. Had a goal disallowed late on.
Joao Cancelo (79′ for Davies) – N/A
Jamal Musiala (79′ for Coman) – N/A
Ryan Gravenberch (86 for Goretzka) – N/A
Thomas Tuchel – 7/10 – Was handed a fair amount of joy by Dortmund’s poor defending and might not have learned too much about his side. Still, victory in Der Klassiker is as good a way for Tuchel to start.
GK: Gregor Kobel – 2/10 – You can file Kobel’s mistake for the first goal under ‘Silly Things That Dortmund Do in Der Klassiker‘. Completely unnecessary and yet totally becoming of BVB.
RB: Marius Wolf – 5/10 – Put in some threatening crosses from the right and made a handful of important tackles.
CB: Niklas Sule – 3/10 – Bit clumsy and never had a grip on where Bayern’s elusive attackers were.
CB: Nico Schlotterbeck – 4/10 – Overwhelmed alongside his teammates in the first half before being subbed off.
LB: Julian Ryerson – 3/10 – Never got to grips with Sane and came off at the break.
RM: Julian Brandt – 3/10 – Also substituted at the break. Is Dortmund’s top league scorer this season but never looked like netting here.
CM: Jude Bellingham – 5/10 – Did well to win a penalty in the second half but did struggle against Goretzka and Kimmich with Can all over the place.
CM: Emre Can – 5/10 – Scored Dortmund’s penalty but Can was positionally errant throughout as Bayern stormed up field. His early booking definitely affected his performance in that regard.
CM: Raphael Guerreiro – 4/10 – Didn’t really expect left-back Raphael Guerreiro to cut it in midfield in Der Klassiker. It didn’t really work out but he did get an assist for Malen late on.
LM: Marco Reus – 4/10 – His attempts at ingenuity were snuffed out regularly by Bayern’s alert defenders.
ST: Sebastien Haller – 5/10 – Dortmund never had a base to build from to involve Haller further up the pitch. Brought off just after the hour.
Mats Hummels (44′ for Schlotterbeck) – 3/10 – Turned like a truck and looked like he was running in quicksand in comparison to Sane and Coman.
Donyell Malen (46′ for Brandt) – 7/10 – Jinked in from the left to squeeze a late effort past Sommer to make the scoreline a little more respectable.
Salih Ozcan (46′ for Ryerson) – 5/10
Youssoufa Moukoko (61′ for Haller) – 6/10
Mahmoud Dahoud (61′ for Reus) – 6/10
Edin Terzic – 4/10 – Can’t really help his side conceding an awful opening goal, but the same mental fragilities are present for Dortmund. Big question marks over their character in the title run-in remain.