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Community ratings: A nearly flawless performance against Hamburger SV

Bayern Munich's 8-0 annihilation of Hamburger SV on Saturday earned the entire squad some of the highest ratings of the entire season; including a duel between Arjen Robben and Thomas Müller for the top performance of the season.

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While the very nature of perfection makes it an impossibility, every once in a while you find something nearly flawless. As those moments or objects are precious and rare, they are to be revered and celebrated. Bayern Munich's 8-0 thrashing of Hamburger SV on Saturday was one such moment of that ilk and the community ratings celebrated that fact with aplomb.


Player Rating. Std Dev.
Arjen Robben 4.96 0.19
Thomas Müller 4.9 0.31
Bastian Schweinsteiger 4.69 0.54
Mario Götze 4.63 0.63
Holger Badstuber 4.36 0.74
Robert Lewandowski 4.15 0.63
David Alaba 4.13 0.8
Franck Ribery 4.09 0.74
Juan Bernat 4.01 0.76
Manuel Neuer 3.95 0.7
Rafinha 3.95 0.8
Mehdi Benatia 3.9 0.8
Gianluca Gaudino 3.49 0.84
Claudio Pizarro 3.46 0.84

Rounding out at a final score of 4.96 (out of 5), Arjen Robben took the this week's top prize. The Flying Dutchman was on cloud nine the entire match, notching two wonder goals (yes, a right footed near post blast is a wonder goal for Arjen Robben) as a dynamic hub of the Bayern Munich attack. As incredible a performance as it was, it did not make it as the highest rated single game performance of the season for Bayern, missing out on the top spot but 1/100th of a point (that title still belongs to Thomas Müller's hat trick on Matchday 11 against Frankfurt). Right on Robben's heels in this match though was Müller who logged a 4.9 rating behind two goals, two assists and a whirlwind performance in midfield.

The rest of the Bayern Munich squad logged rave ratings as 8 players logged ratings above the above average line (4.0) with just three starters falling below that line (Neuer, Rafinha, Benatia). Standing out amongst that pack were Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Götze whose performances in the spine of Bayern were easily the biggest structural strengths in their demolition of Hamburg.

On the lower end of the spectrum, substitutes Claudio Pizarro and Gianluca Gaudino graded out in the 3.5 range. Consider the game was already out of sight at 7-0 when they came on it was a good, if effectively unnecessary, performance from the substitutes.

Scale and Sample Size: n=79, 5 - Excellent ; 4 - Above Average ; 3 - Average ; 2 - Poor ; 1 - Abject

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