Goals from Kingsley Coman, Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho saw Bayern Munich ease beyond Jose Mourinho’s much-changed Tottenham side in their final Champions League Group B fixture. Their 3-1 win here means they finish the group stages with a 100% winning record for the first time in club history.
Bayern returned to winning ways after successive Bundesliga defeats by Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach. They may be seven points off top spot in Germany after 14 matches, but Hansi Flick’s side didn’t perform like a team struggling as they continued their impressive UCL form – while resting some key players too.
Tottenham were understandably keen to exact revenge after that 7-2 drubbing on matchday two and under new management in Jose Mourinho, he rung in the changes – leaving Dele Alli and Harry Kane out, while Heung-Min Son was benched. It made sense, as both sides were already qualified for the last-16 and had nothing to play for.
Kingsley Coman broke the deadlock with his first goal since mid-September after 14 minutes, as Coutinho and Serge Gnabry combined before the latter played a reverse pass across the box – Coman caressed his effort into the bottom corner.
Spurs equalised six minutes later through £25m summer signing Ryan Sessegnon, who was also making his first start for the club. The 19-year-old winger took his maiden UCL goal well, firing low and hard beyond Manuel Neuer at his near post after Jerome Boateng’s interception saw the ball spin into his path.
Gnabry and Coutinho both hit the woodwork before half-time: Serge curling one goalwards during a well-worked move, while Coutinho saw his audacious strike cannon back off the crossbar in stoppage-time.
However, it was substitute Muller – who replaced Coman after a worrying knee injury – restoring Bayern’s advantage. Alphonso Davies’ great work was pivotal in the build-up, before the teenager hit the post with Spurs failing to clear their lines. The ball bounced into Muller’s path, whose predatory instincts were present as he duly finished.
Midway through the second-half, Coutinho eventually got on the scoresheet. Having effortlessly breached Spurs’ midfield again, he let fly with a trademark curling effort from distance which nestled in the bottom corner. 3-1 and cruising, both sides could have scored more but Bayern held firm to inflict Mourinho’s second defeat in charge.
Without further ado, here’s a look at how the individual players fared:
Manuel Neuer (Goalkeeper): 7.5/10
Solid as usual, Neuer’s goalkeeping brilliance is often overlooked. Displays like these, where he stood tall and made important saves look easy when called upon, prove he’s still an invaluable asset to a Bayern backline that are far from perfect.
Despite not being kept busy throughout, he was sharp as ever to thwart Eriksen and Son in particular during a second-half where amidst Bayern’s seeming control, Spurs still managed to create goalscoring chances. He will have been disappointed to concede Sessegnon’s equaliser, struck with real venom and accuracy at his near post.
Benjamin Pavard: 7/10
Another steady display by the Frenchman, continuing to settle in as a key cog within this Bayern side. Despite their surprising league form, the 23-year-old has rarely put a foot wrong so far this term and again that was the case here.
Boateng’s inadvertent assist in the build-up for Sessegnon’s goal was particularly unfortunate, as Pavard sensed danger and shifted across to cut out Lo Celso’s attempted pass. The deflection left Ryan with ample time and space to smash home his half-volley.
Besides that, he kept Sessegnon isolated for large periods too, despite being part of a defence adopting a high line – giving the teenager acres of unmarked space down his side.
Jerome Boateng: 6.5/10
Critics have been quick to ridicule him for his gradual decline, but given inconsistent collective form and a troubling time with injuries in recent seasons, it’s not a surprise that Boateng’s best days are now behind him.
He’s no longer the same physical specimen in the heart of Bayern’s backline but still possesses those defensive qualities, even if execution isn’t always there. That much was clear by his role in Sessegnon’s goal, doing well to initially intercept Lo Celso’s pass but his gangly legs did the opposite of his intentions, inadvertedly assisting him. Operating on the right, he had less defensive work to do than others – so gets a lower rating.
Javi Martinez: 7/10
By no means is Martinez a spring chicken at 31, in-fact he’s just a day older than centre-back partner Boateng. However, the experienced Spaniard dealt with danger well and his lack of pace wasn’t exposed as it potentially could have been.
He won eight of 12 duels contested, completed three tackles, one interception, block and clearance alongside a key pass and 90.1% accuracy over the 90 minutes. Those stats are always refreshing to see from Bayern’s perspective, even if it was against Spurs’ makeshift attack on this occasion. There will certainly be sterner tests to come.
Alphonso Davies: 9/10 – Man of the Match
Exactly the type of game perfect for Alphonso Davies to soak up invaluable UCL experience and take in his stride, the 19-year-old passed this latest test with flying colours.
Easy to forget he was playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps this time last year? Sure. Bayern spending £8m on a teenage talent with high potential was shrewd at the time, but now?
It looks like a masterstroke on their part. Forget that he’s a winger converted into a more defensive setting – like David Alaba and more besides – but he has now started their last ten games at left-back and this was his best showing. The match statistics speak for themselves: 16 of 18 duels won, eight successful dribbles, a game-high five tackles, one interception, Davies also hit the woodwork and created the assist for Coutinho’s strike.
Lo Celso and Walker-Peters had no chance stopping him down his side. He and Bayern fans should be excited to see what’s in store for him come 2020, after displays like that.
Thiago Alcantara: 7.5/10
Another impressive midfield showing by Thiago, are you surprised? He was clearly enthused by the prospect of facing Eric Dier and continued to expose his immobility with worrying ease.
Only Davies had more than his 100 touches over the 90 minutes, again reiterating the Spaniard’s eagerness to receive possession where possible and advance forward, leaving Spurs defenders in his wake. He too created three key passes (91.9% accuracy), completed three dribbles and won eight of 12 duels contested – showing he’s capable of producing intelligent defensive contributions (two tackles, one interception) too.
The only blemish on his display, was how he managed to miss from a few yards out when pouncing on the rebound as Gnabry’s effort cannoned back off the far post. The ball arrived quickly and he didn’t adjust his feet in time but even still, he should have put the game to bed before half-time with the goal gaping.
Joshua Kimmich: 8/10
Plenty is said about the German’s versatility, adapting to play well in a variety of different positions when required – but this was another display where Kimmich justified his reputation as one of their most dependable players.
As part of a midfield trio with Coutinho and Thiago either side of him, the 24-year-old was again a reliable passing option who looked to progress forward while equally keeping things characteristically tidy.
Winning all five duels contested (three interceptions, two tackles), he had a joint game-high three key passes, 86.3% pass accuracy and was quietly impressive as usual. A first-half booking for arguing was the only real blemish on his performance here.
Philippe Coutinho: 8/10
On his day, Coutinho is one of the world’s best. Blessed with quick feet, an excellent passing range, deadly change of direction and close-control dribbling to boot, Tottenham should know better than most just how good the Brazilian is.
Instead, they were caught ballwatching too often and invited him an opportunity to take them on. Often guilty of trying too much, Spurs restricted him to orchestrating from deep-lying roles in the first-half. After the break, that all changed. His audacious effort cannoned off the crossbar and having unleashed a brilliant crossfield pass for Gnabry, he had settled himself.
Should have done better with efforts on two occasions – Gazzaniga making a comfortable stop from range before watching his free-kick fly inches over the crossbar, but as time wore on and extra pockets of space were present, he utilised that to ruthless effect.
Bypassing the Dier/Sissoko combo far too easily, he curled a brilliant effort into the bottom corner just as Mourinho prepared a double change. It felt futile after his brilliance.
Kingsley Coman: 7/10
Started purposefully, took his goal brilliantly and such a shame that the winger had to hobble off midway through the first-half with a grim knee injury.
Camera replays show he landed awkwardly on the turf when stretching for a pass, with initial fears suggesting he could be sidelined long-term through a ligament injury. Given his injury struggles in recent seasons and eagerness to finally kick on after two-and-a-half years at Bayern, you can only hope that’s not the case.
Ivan Perisic: 7/10
Interchanging positions with Gnabry and Muller in attack, the experienced Croatian was busy working hard but when replaced late on, will probably have been quietly disappointed not to have been rewarded with a goal or assist for his endeavours.
He won four aerial duels – a statistic only bettered by Martinez across the pitch – while creating two key passes and proving a handful against Kyle Walker-Peters on the flank.
Serge Gnabry: 7.5/10
Started brilliantly and caused Danny Rose problems galore down the right-hand side. Ever-present in Bayern’s intricate build-up play, he relished the task of unlocking Spurs’ backline with electric pace and movement.
Unlucky to hit the far post from distance with a well-struck effort, you could sense an urgency from him to replicate those MD2 heroics – with a goal or two at least for his efforts. His influence on the game lessened as teammates attacked down the opposite side after the restart, but nonetheless Serge remained an ever-present threat.
Thomas Muller: 7.5/10
He made no mistake to restore Bayern’s slender lead just before half-time, which was a much-needed confidence boost given their lack of luck in the final third.
Offering a completely different dimension to Coman, he showed attacking intelligence and was unlucky not to earn assists after the break – three key passes and 86.7% accuracy justifying his inclusion, even when seemingly on the periphery in games.
Joshua Zirkzee: N/A
With Lewandowski an unused substitute, it was the turn of 18-year-old Dutch forward Joshua Zirkzee to make his Champions League debut. Would have liked to see him feature more than a solitary five-minute cameo, though.
Leon Goretzka: N/A
Made an important recovery challenge to deny an onrushing Eriksen from shooting late on, but not enough time to much else of note.
Paulo Gazzaniga: 7/10
Pulled off a string of fine saves either side of half-time to keep his teammates in the game – especially his early double save and to acrobatically tip Coutinho’s goalbound effort onto the crossbar – but was helpless to stop any of Bayern’s three goals. Two arrowed into the corners, while the other was ruthlessly dispatched from close-range.
Nonetheless, the Argentine’s distribution was largely impressive and he continues making strides towards really pushing Hugo Lloris (elbow surgery) as bonafide first-choice once the World Cup winner returns to full fitness early next year.
Danny Rose: 6/10
Have to feel a little bit for Rose, who was caught in the wars and roughed up over the 90 minutes by a combination of Gnabry’s blistering pace and Bayern’s relentless approach, creating chances galore down his side – not exactly well protected by Dier ahead of him.
Pavard/Thiago/Gnabry are all bigger than him and it didn’t make for a fair battle given Bayern’s sustained spells with posssession. However, he didn’t shy away from the challenge and defended defiantly despite the tough conditions – six clearances, three of five duels won, one block, interception and tackle.
Toby Alderweireld: 6/10
Displayed good spatial awareness and anticipation to complete a game-high 11 clearances over the 90 minutes, but that said more about Spurs defensively – more passive than pragmatic – than any one individual player.
Did fairly okay but his role in the build-up to Muller’s goal was questionable: both flat-footed and ball-watching as Gnabry fizzed the ball across the box, with Muller and his teammates wheeling away to celebrate moments later. Too easy.
Juan Foyth: 7/10
Did his reputation no harm with a steady display, but ultimately Spurs conceded three and defenders are never going to be rewarded with high ratings in that instance.
Foyth was assured in the tackle, made a few quietly important interventions at times when Bayern probed near his path but it was refreshing to see the Argentine’s fearlessness rewarded, even if the visitors’ backline were picked apart at times.
Won seven of eight duels contested, made six clearances, completed all three attempted dribbles with two tackles, one block and interception too. Should play more!
Kyle Walker-Peters: 5.5/10
Showed invention and dogged determination to weave his way out of a few precarious situations in possession, but this was always a tough ask going against Coutinho and co.
His cause wasn’t helped by seemingly non-existent midfield support as Sissoko was on the periphery, while Bayern players would have been licking their lips up against a player with only two prior appearances in this competition.
Definitely an experience he’ll learn and grow stronger for getting through, during his first start since their EFL Cup defeat by Colchester on penalties in late September.
Eric Dier: 5/10
Was clearly trying but the technical differences between these two teams was stark in comparison. Subbed after 80 minutes in a long overdue change – struggling to contend with Thiago and Coutinho, who took turns running rings around both him and Sissoko.
Won just one of seven duels contested, a poor 64% pass success rate and inadequate defensive protection for Danny Rose allowed the hosts to overload his side of the pitch too often, too easily.
Moussa Sissoko: 5/10
Didn’t offer much more than captain Dier and the fact I genuinely can’t remember he played for most of it, speaks volumes. Should have done better with a promising first-half opportunity but after this display, it’s hard to envisage him operating in this type of role with such defensive responsibilities against similar opposition under Mourinho.
Ryan Sessegnon: 7/10
Sessegnon emerges as one of few positives to take from this game from Spurs’ perspective. On his first club start, he netted a well-taken equaliser beyond one of the world’s best goalkeepers in Neuer, which should do wonders for his confidence.
Things haven’t been easy for him since the summer move, where he was already sidelined through a lengthy hamstring injury and has been slowly integrated into the team over the past six weeks upon fully recovering.
Just as he flickered in-and-out of this game, he has to stamp his authority on games with more regularity in future – a lingering weakness Mourinho will be keen to eradicate.
Giovani Lo Celso: 5.5/10
The fact he completed more tackles (3) than creative contributions says it all for a highly-rated playmaker yet to really justify such hype and expectation following his summer move from Real Betis: especially with a £60m future fee as part of the deal.
Won just 5 of 15 duels contested, lost possession on eight occasions, was dribbled past by opposition players a whopping seven times (game-high!) and completed just one of three attempted dribbles. Came off after 65 minutes and despite brief flashes, didn’t do nearly enough to suggest he’ll start against Wolves this weekend either. Underwhelming.
Christian Eriksen: 7/10
Having endured a sluggish start, Eriksen was largely good in spells and did well to cause havoc for Bayern’s central defenders – carving out a number of promising opportunities for teammates especially in the second-half, which were ultimately squandered.
Despite losing possession 15 times and winning just two of eight duels contested, he created three key passes and was a key cog in Spurs’ attempts to claw themselves back into the match with a two-goal deficit to overturn.
It’ll leave Mourinho puzzled as he will expect more from the Danish playmaker, who could have easily had two assists and a goal for himself – if not for Neuer’s important intervention, beating his deceptive free-kick away to safety.
Lucas Moura: 5/10
He’s not a striker! Buzzed around energetically upfront but Lucas has never been and will never be a centre-forward, especially when two experienced, physical centre-backs can effortlessly isolate him.
Understandably replaced after 65 minutes, Mourinho should have started him on the opposite wing to Sessegnon – but this would have meant no place for Lo Celso, or he’d feature ahead of Dier/Sissoko. Either way, it couldn’t have been much worse.
Match stats were as follows: 21 touches, 57.1% pass accuracy (just four completed passes), 3 of 11 duels won, lost possession nine times with three clearances and one tackle. Bizarre.
Heung-Min Son: 5/10
Frustrating. Given this game was insignificant in the grand scheme of things, Mourinho’s decision to bench him was understandable. Given his red-hot league form though, you would have backed the South Korean to do better with two promising opportunities – having been teed up by Eriksen with only Neuer to beat.
His hesitancy allowed the rapid Davies an opportunity to recover and dispossess him for the first chance, while lacking composure with his second attempt as Neuer’s outstretched leg thwarted him. Clearly better suited to an advanced forward role than Moura, but Son’s missed chances here might have otherwise salvaged a point.
Oliver Skipp: 6/10
More energy and persistent pressing compared with captain Dier, a solid cameo given the circumstances – coming on immediately after Bayern made it 3-1.
Victor Wanyama: N/A
On for the last ten minutes as the Kenyan replaced Dier. However, you didn’t really notice him and ultimately he wasn’t afforded enough time to make a memorable impact.
Stats’ source: SofaScore and WhoScored