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“Bayern’s Passmeister played Atleti off the park” Full player ratings from the European Champions’ huge 4-0 win

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 22:20, 21 October 2020

In an incredible night of football, Bayern Munich massacred Atlético Madrid in the Champions League.

What was supposed to be a slugfest between two heavyweights turned into a one-sided beatdown as the European Champions started their title defence in incredibly dominant fashion.

Here’s how the players rated at the Allianz Arena:

Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer – 8 – A big, imposing presence who did what he had to do with ease. When he did concede a goal he made sure that the referee and linesman knew he thought it was offside, pressuring them into making the call he wanted. Imperious stuff.

Benjamin Pavard – 7 – Suffered more than any of his team-mates as he couldn’t really live with Yannick Carrasco and Renan Lodi.

Niklas Sule – 8 – An impassable brick wall at the heart of the Bayern defence. Repeatedly rebuffed Atleti attacks.

David Alaba – 7 – Pressed up superbly against Joao Felix, preventing the Portuguese from getting going.

Lucas Hernandez – 8 – Shut down everything Atleti tried to do down his flank. An absolute colossus.

Joshua Kimmich – 9 – A simply phenomenal bit of play to set up Coman’s goal, first winning a slide tackle and then launching a laser guided pass over the Atleti defence. Completely brilliant at the heart of midifeld. Bayern Munich’s Passmeister played Atleti of the park with incredible ease, impeccable timing and glorious football.

Leon Goretzka – 8 – Energetic. Powerful. Doubled Bayern’s lead with a brutally sharp finish from the edge of the box. The engine of Bayern’s midfield.

Corentin Tolisso – 7 – Confident and competent, he ended the game as a contest with an absolute cannon of a strike from long range.

Thomas Muller – 7 – Fantastic movement and intelligent use of the ball. A classic Muller performance.

Kingsley Coman – 9 – Electric all night, charging up and down the touchline. Supreme control and finish for the first goal, set up the second goal and utterly humiliated the entire Atleti defence twisting inside and out before slapping the ball beyond Oblak. Coman has always been a supreme talent, but injuries have held him back. He showed tonight that if he can stay healthy he has the talent to be one of the world’s best wingers.

Robert Lewandowski – 7 – Moved around, looked lively, but couldn’t really escape the Atleti centre-backs.

Substitutes:

Douglas Costa (for Coman 73′) – 5 – Didn’t really get involved.

Bouma Sarr (for Pavard 73′) – 4 – Got absolutely rinsed as soon as he stepped on the field. Atleti targeted him and he couldn’t handle them at all.

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (for Lewandowski 83′) – n/a – Came on late.

Javi Martinez (for Goretzka 83′) – n/a – Came on late.

Alphonso Davies (for Muller 83′) – n/a – Came on late.

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Atlético Madrid

Jan Oblak – 5 – Could do absolutely nothing about the barrage of shots send hurtling his way.

Kieran Trippier – 5 – Some nice crosses but repeatedly caught out defensively. especially for for Coman’s opener.

Stefan Savic – 6 – Constantly intervening to get the ball away.

Felipe – 5 – Lots of clearances and was doing well but then got tied in knots by Coman for Bayern’s fourth.

Renan Lodi – 7 – One of Atleti’s best players. A constant outlet on the left whose crosses and cutbacks deserved more.

Hector Herrera – 5 – Some bright play in attack but soft at the back. His senseless giveaway led directly to Bayern’s second goal as the match turned from tense contest to Bayern procession.

Koke – 4 – Couldn’t get anywhere near Joshua Kimmich.

Marcos Llorente – 4 – Didn’t look effective playing wide. Nowhere near being The Scourge of Anfield.

Yannick Carrasco – 5 – Atleti’s second best player after Renan Lodi nevertheless ruined his night when, with the score at 2-0, he missed an absolute sitter after a great run from Joao Felix. Minutes later Bayern scored their third and the game was ovr.

Joao Felix – 5 – Nowhere near as influential as he should have been. His one superb dribble aside, there was very little of his trademark beautiful play and his failure to commit to a 50/50 with Kimmich led directly to Bayern’s opening goal. Oh dear.

Luis Suárez – 4 – Lots of pointing and shouting, but very little of anything else. Completely and utterly done, physically. Couldn’t even match the Bayern defenders, let alone surpass them. Wasted a great chance early on, but honestly was just pitiful. This is why Barcelona sold him: for all the goals he scores, he is a liability in open play and actively harms build-up.

Substitutes:

Angel Correa (for Suárez 76′) – 6 – Put himself about. Played with the mobility and aggression that Suárez should have brought from the start. Of course by then the game was gone, but he carried himself well.

Vitolo (for Carrasco 76′) – n/a – Didn’t get involved. May as well have not come on.

Thomas Lemar (for Llorente 79′) – 5 – Didn’t get involved.

Lucas Torreira (for Koke 79′) – 5 – Ran around and got stuck in, but couldn’t do much. Got booked.