Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Schalke was a frustrating game. An early red card to Jerome Boateng was followed much later by a just minutes of hope they could earn three points after a well taken set piece -- only for that to be snuffed out by defensive ineptness on a set piece in the opposite end of the field. However, someone had to be the standout to the voters and that man was Arjen Robben.
The Dutch international won his ninth Man of the Match award this season after scoring a 66th minute goal for Bayern Munich off a Xabi Alonso corner kick. With an aggregate rating of 4.35, it was a performance from Arjen Robben that was full of individual moments of brilliance as he kept the 10-man Bayern Munich attack afloat for much of the match.
The defensive performances for Bayern Munich were all over the place in the ratings. Mehdi Benatia whose solid defensive work rate alongside was one of the biggest factors in eliminating the offensive threats from Schalke earned plaudits with as the only other player with a rating above the 4.0 mark. His partner, Dante, was brought on after Jereome Boateng received his marching orders (and then his extremely poor reader rating!!!), and the Brazilian international had yet another poor performance just days after his nightmare showing against VfL Wolfsburg, earning 2.89, a rating just below the average line.
Meanwhile Juan Bernat, David Alaba, and Mitchell Weiser turned in solid, yet unspectacular performances. Weiser took the biggest knock to his ratings considering Benedikt Höwedes was his mark on the set piece Schalke scored, coming in at just above the average mark of 3. His replacement, Sebastian Rode, however was not the recipient of gracious praise drawing ire for solely being an ineffective late substitute to earn a 2.43 aggregate rating.
In midfield, Xabi Alonso again posted a horrendously low rating on the back of yet another difficult performance while Bastian Schweinsteiger was the lone central midfield standout for Bayern Munich with a 3.44 aggregate rating.
In attack, Robert Lewandowksi was the lone player to escape the ire of fans as his introduction rapidly changed the dynamics of what until that moment had been a sputtering and coughing attack. Thomas Müller and Mario Götze were slammed in the ratings, a testament to both the difficulty of playing a man down against a defensively stout opponent and how relatively poor their attacking contributions were on the evening.
Scale and Sample Size: n=40, 5 - Excellent ; 4 - Above Average ; 3 - Average ; 2 - Poor ; 1 - Abject