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“Absolutely liquid, a pleasure to watch” – Full player ratings as Coutinho guides Bayern to batter Spurs

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:07, 11 December 2019

In a one-sided night of football, Bayern Munich brushed Spurs aside, winning 3-1 at the Allianz Arena.

Both sides put out weakened teams, but Bayern were still far too good for José Mourinho’s men. They dominated from start to finish and ensured that they won all six of their group games for the first time in their history.

Here’s how the players rated at Allianz Arena:

Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer – 5 – Had precious little to do. Got beaten at his near-post for Spurs’ goal but also displayed some confident sweeper keeping.

Benjamin Pavard – 6 – Attacked well but was caught out defensively for Sessegnon’s goal.

Jerome Boateng – 6 – Reasonably solid at the back but again had little to do.

Javi Martinez – 6 – Marshalled the back-line with authority, but you wonder how Spurs could have tested him with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

Alphonso Davies – 8 – A devastating and dynamic display up and down the left-back. Completed more dribbles and won more tackles than anyone else on the pitch and was a constant menace in attack. His last-ditch recovery tackle to deny Son a clear shot at goal was superb.

Joshua Kimmich – 7 – A cool, calm and confident display at the base of midfield.

Thiago – 8 – Resplendent as always. Full of supremely serene touches and passes as he ran the show from the middle of the park. Although he did produce one absurd miss from close range which has to knock his score down one.

Philippe Coutinho – 9 – This is the Coutinho we all remember from Liverpool but never really saw at Barcelona. The Brazilian was sensational against Spurs, drifting away from his markers with an almost comical ease.

Coutinho was constantly looking to either thread the needle with a pass or bury the hammer with a shot. Ended the night with one goal, but could have had more. Absolutely liquid, a pleasure to watch.

Serge Gnabry – 7 – A darting menace to Spurs’ defence all night long. Not as deadly as he was in London, but still quality.

Ivan Perisic – 6 – Always available as an outlet.

Kingsley Coman – 7 – Began the game looking so bright. Opened the scoring with a delightful finish but had to leave the field in the first-half with what looked like a horrific injury.

Substitutes:

Thomas Muller (for Coman 27′) – 7 – Came on, put himself about, missed a couple of chances and scored a snapshot from about 10 yards out. A vintage Thomas Muller display.

Joshua Zirkzee (for Perisic 86′) – n/a – Made his Bayern Munich debut.

Leon Goretzka (for Martinez 86′) – n/a – Came on late.

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Spurs

Paulo Gazzaniga – 7 – Made some impressive saves, including a couple of great ones from stunning Coutinho shots. Was powerless to stop the Bayern goals and didn’t deserve to lose.

Kyle Walker-Peters – 5 – Gained possession more than anyone else but could do nothing to halt the Bayern advances.

Juan Foyth – 5 – Never really got to grips with any of the Bayern attackers but made some last ditch interventions.

Toby Alderweireld – 6 – An enormous display. Was everywhere clearing the ball, killing Bayern’s attacks.

Danny Rose – 5 – Pitched in and helped out defensively but offered nothing in attack.

Moussa Sissoko – 4 – Offered little energy, no protection and managed to waste one of Spurs’ best attacking chances.

Eric Dier – 3 – A simply awful performance. Completely outplayed by the Bayern midfield.

Giovani Lo Celso – 4 – Shocking. Put in a few tackles but for the most part got absolutely destroyed by Bayern’s midfielders who blew by him with insulting ease.

Christian Eriksen – 5 – Didn’t help out defensively but did create more chances than any of his team-mates. It’s clear why José Mourinho isn’t featuring him as a key player though. A luxury Spurs cannot afford.

Ryan Sessegnon – 7 – Did almost nothing for the entire game except take one of his two chances superbly. A lovely touch and devastating finish beyond Manuel Neuer to briefly draw Bayern level and mark himself as the youngest ever Spurs goalscorer in the Champions League.

Lucas Moura – 4 – Was on the pitch. That much can be said.

Substitutes:

Oliver Skipp (for Lo Celso 65′) – 6 – Added really energy and purpose to Spurs’ midfield.

Heung-min Son (for Lucas 65′) – 4 – His movement was magnificent. Bayern’s defence couldn’t get hold of him – but unfortunately for Spurs he wasted two golden chances to pick the Bavarians off on the break. Dawdling and letting them recover. Uncharacteristically wasteful.

Victor Wanyama (for Dier 81′) – n/a – Came on late.

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