Borussia Monchengladbach managed a draw against the defending champions, Bayern Munich as Alassane Plea and Robert Lewandowski scored for the respective sides.
Bayern Munich were far from confident in the first half. It was a rather shaky start to the Nagelsmann era as they could only score a single goal through Lewandowski. The first half was really disappointing for Bayern as Davies lost possession which ended up as a goal for Monchengladbach at the 10-minute mark. Monchengladbach had a lot of goal scoring opportunities but Bayern stood resilient.
In the 42nd minute, Lewandowski scored the equaliser through a corner from Joshua Kimmich. Both the teams were equally matched for the rest of the game and it could really have gone either way. Without further ado, let us dive right into the player ratings of both sides.
Manuel Neuer (GK) (7/10): The 35-year-old German goalkeeper had a pretty good game as he made a couple of key saves.
Josip Stanisic (6/10): Even though Bayern’s Benjamin Pavard was injured and unavailable for the game, Nagelsmann made the correct decision to play Pavard in right back. Stanisic did a great job in the first half playing as a right-back with key interceptions and through balls.
Niklas Süle (7.5/10): After the departure of Alaba and Boateng, Sule did a great job defending against Monchengladbach. He played a major role in the game due to his extensive aerial and grounded challenges.
Dayot Upamecano (6.5/10): Upamecano’s first league debut did not end on a disappointing note but he still needs to improve in his decision making. He was perfectly coordinating with Sule whenever Monchengladbach broke on the counter.
Alphonso Davies (5/10): Davies was not at all near his potential best as he made so many wrong passes which led to the first goal for Monchengladbach.
Joshua Kimmich (6/10): Kimmich played a decent game as well despite having a couple of loose passes in the midfield.
Leon Goretzka (6.5/10): Goretzka was a perfect defensive midfielder for Bayern. When Monchengladbach had a counter-attack, it was always him who made the key challenges to thwart the opposition.
Leroy Sane (6/10): Sane had a really good game as the winger. Sane combined well with Stanisic for the key crosses inside the box.
Thomas Muller (6/10): Muller had a bad game as he was quiet the entire first half. In the second half, he created a few chances for Lewandowski and made some darting runs inside the Monchengladbach box.
Serge Gnabry (6.5/10): Gnabry failed to utilise an early goal-scoring chance. He was also rather quiet, considering the intensity of the other players on his side.
Robert Lewandowski (8.5/10): This man has truly the ability to carry a team on his own. He does find himself up inside the opposition box very often, but not without good reason. Lewandowski was stellar, scoring Bayern’s only goal on the volley from Kimmich’s corner.
Kingsley Coman (6/10): The winger upped the ante of his side after coming as a substitute and created some decent openings.
Jamal Musiala (N/A)
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (N/A)
Bouna Sarr (N/A)
Yan Sommer (9/10): Sommer was nothing short of spectacular. Several times, it seemed like he was keeping his side in the game all by himself, making save after spectacular save to deny Robert Lewandowski and company on multiple occasions.
Stefan Lainer (7/10): He proved that he was the best left-back for Monchengladbach as he was at the peak of his game.
Matthias Ginter (6.5/10): Ginter had a decent game as he kept a close watch on Muller and Sane. However, he struggled to track back due to Gnabry’s long balls.
Nicolas Elvedi (6.5/10): His poor man-marking allowed Lewandowski to score the goal but other than that, he did have a decent game.
Joe Scally (6.5/10): He made a couple of crosses and was effective down the wings due to his link-up playing abilities.
Christoph Kramer (7/10): He had an amazing game by bossing in the midfield. Kramer made many interceptions and created some decent scoring chances as well.
Florian Neuhaus (7/10): Neuhaus was highly indisciplined and caused a lot of fouls throughout the game.
Patrick Herrmann (7/10): He was the main man behind all the through balls in the first half. He also had so many shots against Neuer.
Lars Stindl (C) (6/10): Stindl was wasteful in front of the goal and missed at least two clear scoring opportunities.
Hannes Wolf (6.5/10): Wolf made lots of mis-passes and was a victim of pace and trickery in the midfield.
Alassane Plea (7/10): Plea scored a goal even though he had a lot of shots off target and there is plenty of more hope. He missed a major chance to put his team in the lead but still passed an amazing ball to Hofman which was eventually saved by the goalkeeper.
Jonas Hofman (6.5/10): After coming on in the second half, Hofman and Thuram created many scoring chances but all of them were denied by Manuel Neuer
Keanan Bennetts (N/A)