Night to remember for Alphonso Davies
It's no wonder that Alphonso Davies was walking around with a big grin on his face in the tunnel after the 3-0 win over Chelsea. Just minutes before the above photo was taken, the cries of "Phonzie! Phonzie!" had been ringing out around Stamford Bridge from the Bayern end.
Strong in defence and pace in attack ––––––––––––––––––
The 19-year-old Canadian delivered an impressive performance in Bayern's round of 16 first leg triumph. The wing-back hardly put a foot wrong in defence, winning the ball on several occasions. As well as that, he constantly joined in with the attack – most notably in the 76th minute of the game.
Turns on the burners for assist –––––––––––––––-
Davies read the situation quickly and snapped up the loose ball. Chelsea midfielders Jorginho and Mason Mount could only watch on as the youngster burst forward, easily jumped over the sliding Andreas Christensen, raced into the penalty area and laid the ball on a plate for Robert Lewandowski. All the Pole had to do was tap it in from a few metres out after the outstanding solo run from his teammate.
Müller full of praise
"The applause was fully deserved," commented Thomas Müller after the celebrations at the final whistle. The 2014 World Cup winner waxed lyrical about Davies' performance: "The boy is blessed with a body and pace. We've not had anything like that at Bayern before, but what's actually more impressive is that he's also learned a lot tactically over the last year. He came to Germany as a left-winger but he's produced world-class performances at left-back and that's where he can help us the most."
Big praise from Flick
Head coach Hansi Flick was also full of praise for his defensive player: "He brings his strengths into the game and intercepted a lot of balls in defence," said the 55-year-old. "He's doing brilliantly but he still has potential to improve and he will. His development has been phenomenal." Bayern fans can therefore look forward to more great Davies disaplys.
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