Bayern still have to wait for the their first international title since 2001. Read all about how the individual players did on the night in the Bundesliga fanatic’s player ratings.
Bayern were certainly the dominant force on the pitch, creating 43 shots, having 56% of the possession. However, Bayern’s efforts weren’t awarded at the end of the day. Here is a description of each individual player’s performance.(1 being the best grade, and 6 being the worst grade.)
Manuel Neuer, goalkeeper 2: Didn’t have much to do besides blocking a shot by Kalou in the first 45 minutes of the match but when he was called upon he was reliable and confident. Didn’t stand a chance when Drogba scored his equalizer, and shouldn’t be blamed for the goal. Did stop one penalty, and took one himself in the shootout. A commendable performance all things considered.
Phillip Lahm, right back 2: Many important defensive interceptions and tackles throughout the game. Always alert, played an outstanding game, arguably Bayern’s best. Attacked more and more in the second half and in extra time when his team needed him. Was constantly bringing his teammates into the game and converted the crucial first penalty.
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, centre back 3: Did well against Drogba for most of the game, and put in a solid shift for the suspended Badstuber. The Ukrainians distribution let him down a few times and made one error in the 74th minute that allowed Drogba in on goal but for the most part Chelsea didn’t capitalize on Badstuber’s absence thanks to his performance.
Jerome Boateng, centre back 2.5: Was seldom threatened and acted well under pressure the few times Chelsea managed to create any danger in the attacking third. Use his physical presence well to ward off Drobga and distributed the ball well out of the back. He did lose his marker on the all important equalizer though, his only, yet costly, error.
Diego Contento, left back 3: Contento was one of the big questions mark ahead of this game. The left back did well for most of the match after starting nervous, and won most of his duels and provided good defensive cover for Ribery. Fatigue started to show in the second half as he slowed down going forward but a good performance considering the pressure.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, holding midfielder 3: Got a unecassary yellow card in the 2nd minute and was often stuck between trying to keep possession and engineer his team’s attacks. Was unspectacular albeit solid throughout the game but not his best performance this season. Became the tragic figure of this final when his penalty kick hit the post.
Toni Kroos, holding midfielder 3: Was often times able to push up field and get involved in Bayern’s attack. He was important in Bayern’s possession game but his passing let him down in the final third. He did provide the important assist on Müller’s goal but overall he was another letdown relative to his performances this season in the competition.
Arjen Robben, right winger 4.5: Robben created a lot room for himself and was dangerous when taking players on but his eye goal was often a bit too direct and inconsiderate of his teammates. He took 15 shots, more than Chelsea combined, yet most were too weak or off target. His penalty in extra time was easily saved by Cech. A truly forgettable match by the Dutchman.
Thomas Müller, attacking midfielder 3: Scored the opening goal of the match and could have been Bayern’s hero. Worked hard, and was involved in many of Bayern’s attack including some of the team’s best chances during the game. Was Bayern’s only unpredictable variable in an otherwise predictable performance. The momentum turned when he was taken off.
Franck Ribery, left winger 3: Tried his best challenging Chelsea’s full backs and was one of the stronger performers on the pitch in the first hour but became visibly fatigued as the match wore on. He had his best moment when he was taken down by Drogba in the box in extra time, providing Bayern a penalty in extra time that could have won them the game. Went off injured after that.
Mario Gomez, striker 5: One word says it all: Wasteful. Scored a great goal from the spot during the penalty shoot out but was otherwise very poor in front of goal. He worked hard defensively but his touch let him down, his positioning was not helpful and his movement left a lot to be desired.
Daniel van Buyten, center back 3.5: Was thrown into the mix shortly before Chelsea’s equalizer. Was decent in the 34 minutes he was on the pitch but did little to impact the game.
Ivica Olic, forward 3.5 – Wasted a golden opportunity in the second half of extra time when his shot, or cross, failed to find Van Buyten in the center. His penalty was kept out by Cech, giving Chelsea the momentum in the shootout. Another forgettable performance in his last match for the club.
Petr Cech, goalkeeper 1: This night might have turned the Czech international into a Chelsea legend. Kept out Robben’s spot kick in extra time, and did well to keep out Olic’s penalty during the shoot out. Always confident in the air and in the box, Cech was without a doubt the man of the match.
José Bosingwa, right back 3: Did well up against Ribery for the most part even though he started a bit shaky. He was absent from an attacking perspective because of it. Ribery’s eventual substitution benefitted him.
David Luiz, centre back 3.5: Was at times shaky, but did surprisingly well throughout the game considering the fact that he’d just returned from injury. His positioning on Müller’s goal was suspect and sometimes he was a bit too eager in his tackling, lucky to escape booking until late in the game.
Gary Cahill, centre back 3: Struggled alongside David Luiz for portions of the game. Otherwise a solid performance
Ashley Cole, left back 2: Another one of Chelsea’s strongest performers. His anticipation, reading of the game and tackling were superb all match long. He did very well against Robben and made sure the Dutchman was never given an inch on the field. Did well to convert his penalty in the shootout.
John Obi Mikel, holding midfielder 2: A very good performance by the Nigerian. Broke up a number of attacks, and provided defensive stability at crucial moments. One of the better individual performers in the final. Won an impressive 13 duels.
Frank Lampard, holding midfielder 3: His lack of pace was displayed several times against Bayern. Worked hard defensively, but struggled to provide creativity going forward. His defensive shift did help Chelsea ward Bayern off for so long, was his team’s best passer and most involved player and converted his penalty like a pro.
Salomon Kalou, right winger 4: Was the first Chelsea player to get a shot on goal and worked hard throughout the match but otherwise very little to talk about. Was often waiting for counter attacks and thus not very involved.
Juan Manuel Mata, attacking midfield 3: Not a vintage Mata performance. Had the difficult task of being Chelsea’s main iniator of counter attacks in a very defensive set up. He missed Chelsea’s first penalty in the shootout but he gave the all important assist on Drogba’s equalizer.
Ryan Bertrand, left winger 4: The surprising starter remained relatively quiet throughout the 73 minutes he was on the pitch. Worked hard in defense, which was probably his primary role to begin with.
Didier Drogba, striker 3: Didn’t create any danger for most of the game but got the all important equalizer for Chelsea and eventually the winning penalty in the shootout. He fouled Ribery and gave away a penalty in extra time that could have cost his team the game. His presence always caused a threat though and put in a hard defensive shift, winning a match high 28 tackles.
Florent Malouda, winger 4 – Came in for Bertrand in the 73rd minute and had very little impact on the match other than to put another man behind the ball.
Fernando Torres, forward 3.5 – Even though he wasn’t much of a threat going forward he did work hard defensively in his cameo.
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