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Bayern's defensive effort is applauded while their attack stalls in the player rankings

Bayern Munich's defense took home the biggest plaudits in the voting while their attack took the brunt of the blame in their 0-0 draw with Shaktar Donetsk

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A lackluster attacking performance juxtaposed to a stellar defensive performance against a tough Champions League opponent? You can almost bet your britches that the top ratings are going to go to the defensive corps of Bayern Munich in their 0-0 draw against Shaktar Donetsk in the fist leg of the Round of 16.

In fact it was David Alaba, playing in his normal dynamic centerback role, who took home the bacon as the highest performer with an aggregate rating of 3.78, the lowest rated community man of the match honor in any draw for Bayern Munich this season.

ucl7-donetsk-commmunity ratings

Player Rating Std Dev.
David Alaba 3.78 0.83
Manuel Neuer 3.66 0.9
Rafinha 3.63 0.94
Arjen Robben 3.63 0.79
Jerome Boateng 3.38 1.01
Bastian Schweinsteiger 3.19 0.9
Holger Badstuber 3.17 0.65
Franck Ribery 3.13 0.98
Juan Bernat 3.09 0.82
Robert Lewandowski 3 0.83
Mario Götze 2.77 0.84
Thomas Müller 2.66 0.94
Xabi Alonso 1.93 0.91

Rounding out the rest of the "top end" of the list for Bayern, are Manuel Neuer, Rafinha, Arjen Robben, and Jerome Boateng. That 4 of the 5 Bayern Munich defensive starters are represented in the top 5 performers of the first leg of this tie is an encouraging sign for a team who is struggling with their offense.

On the lower end of the spectrum is the entire Bayern Munich attacking corps with the exception of the aforementioned Robben. Robert Lewandowski was one of the few standout offensive performers and he only garnered a total rating of exactly 3 while Mario Götze and Thomas Müller drew below average ratings.

Naturally, red card earning Xabi Alonso pulled the lowest rating of the match coming in at a lowly 1.93. While it was not quite bad enough to be the lowest Champions League mark of the season, it was  most decidedly a new individual season low for the midfield maestro.

Scale and Sample Size: n=32, 5 - Excellent ; 4 - Above Average ; 3 - Average ; 2 - Poor ; 1 - Abject

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