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Bayern vs. Köln: Ribery takes the top spot in player ratings despite Robben's brace

Franck Ribery took the top slot in the Matchday 23 player ratings, snagging it over fellow winger Arjen Robben

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Friday's 4-1 win over FC Köln was the Arjen Robben and Franck RIbery show. The duo were the offensive powerhouses of a stellar Bayern Munich attack and the only question is who was going to come out top dog in this week's player ratings. Ultimately it was Franck Ribery who won the vote, garnering a 4.92 aggregate rating - his highest performance of the season to date and his first time being voted the community man of the match.

Player Rating Std Dev.
Franck Ribery 4.92 0.27
Arjen Robben 4.68 0.47
Manuel Neuer 4.62 0.6
David Alaba 4.6 0.53
Bastian Schweinsteiger 4.19 0.68
Robert Lewandowski 3.72 0.69
Rafinha 3.62 0.69
Mario Götze 3.62 0.81
Jerome Boateng 3.57 0.57
Holger Badstuber 3.57 0.67
Thomas Müller 3.26 0.84
Sebastian Rode 3.22 0.59
Xabi Alonso 3.08 0.57

Rather then a close voting race between Ribery and Robben the Frenchman outstripped his counterpart by a fair margin, with Robben coming in just above 4.5 in the ratings in line with Manuel Neuer. Neuer for his part vastly deserved that rating as it was his astuteness that saved Bayern's hide as he pulled off several excellent saves at the beginning of the second half.

David Alaba was rated handsomely in his first game back at the leftback position this season and his chemistry with Franck Ribery was undeniable. It was certainly a major factor in Ribery's stellar gameplay and it was a huge boon to Bastian Schweinsteiger in the middle who had yet another impressive game as the main distributive hub of the Bayern Munich midfield as he ceaselessly worked with Alaba and Rafinha.

Curiously both Jerome Boateng and Holger Badstuber received exactly the same rating while Thomas Müller had another one of his quietly effective yet productively underwhelming games, flitting around the midfield and wreaking havoc with the Köln defensive structure.

This was Bayern Munich's 10th performance of the seasons where every player graded out above the 3.0, or average mark and their third in a row in the Bundesliga. After a rough start to the Rückrunde, Bayern are settling into their groove and appear to be back on track for wrapping up the Bundesliga title as they still sit 8 points up on VfL Wolfsburg.

Sample Size and Scale: n=57, 5 - Excellent ; 4 - Above Average ; 3 - Average ; 2 - Poor ; 1 - Abject

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