Bayern Munich enjoyed a convincing win 3-1 over Tottenham in what was essentially a dead rubber Champions League encounter.
With the Bavarians already winners of Group B and Spurs joining them in the round of 16, the result of the encounter was academic.
Kingsley Coman broke the deadlock in the 14th minute but Ryan Sessegnon restored parity just six minutes later.
Thomas Muller replaced the injured Coman in the 27th minute and gave the hosts the lead again on the stroke of half-time.
Bayern dominated proceedings in the second period and Philippe Coutinho bagged a well-deserved goal in the 64th minute to hand his side victory.
Given Jose Mourinho’s recent comments on his management of young talent, we’ve focused on the performances of three such individuals who were granted their opportunities at the Allianz Arena…
A goalkeeper of Manuel Neuer’s calibre is not often beaten at the near post but such was the venom Sessegnon struck his finish with that Bayern’s iconic shot-stopper was left haplessly flapping at fresh air with the ball already past him.
Giovani Lo Celso’s pass took a deflection off Jerome Boateng and sat up nicely for Sessegnon who didn’t hesitate in lashing it into the back of the net to register his first Tottenham goal in his first start.
It capped a decent display for the 19-year-old who had a sighter earlier on in the fourth minute as well. He did fade in the second half though which warrants some concern.
Rating – 7/10
Having made his senior debut at the start of the 2017/18 season, Kyle Walker-Peters’ progress at Spurs has somewhat stagnated over the last 12 months.
His lack of development was evident through his bizarre positioning when Coman tucked away the opening goal. The full-back was inexplicably sucked into the middle of the penalty area, leaving the Frenchman in acres of space at the far post to execute a measured finish under no pressure.
The 22-year-old lacked strength as well and was bullied by the likes of Coman and Ivan Perisic.
Rating – 4/10
Much has been made about Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld’s contracts running down but given Juan Foyth’s performance, perhaps the future of Spurs’ central defence isn’t as dire as advertised.
Even in the absence of Robert Lewandowski, the 21-year-old had his hands full with the pace and mobility of a forward line made up of Gnabry, Perisic and Coman with Muller entering the fray later on.
Coutinho’s runs from deep only complicated matters but Foyth stood up to the challenge well and manfully defended his lines, making 10 defensive interventions.
He also proved to be composed in possession with only Moussa Sissoko (84.2 per cent) registering a higher pass success rate than the Argentine (80.8 per cent).
Rating – 6/10
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