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Robert Lewandowski runs away with Player of the Month award

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Robert Lewandowski exploded in April en route to being Bayern Munich's best and most improved player.

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With another month in the books, it's time to look back at Bayern Munich's month of April taking note of the best and worst of the month's performances and awarding the Player of the Month honors from our community ratings.

Player of the Month

With a monthly rating of 4.31, April's Player of the Month goes to Robert Lewandowski. Notching 6 goals and 1 assist across 3 competitions and 8 appearances, April was finally Robert Lewandowski's grand coming out party at Bayern Munich. First with the lone goal in Bayern's 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund and then rounding it out with a goal in Bayern Munich's 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund (and two facial fractures and a concussion), it was a splendid month for the Polish international as he proved to Bayern Munich's answer to the losses of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.

While Lewandowski certainly struggled in games (looking at you ultra defensive Hertha BSC), for the vast majority of the month he was the man with the plan and the ability to work with and around Thomas Müller. While Lewandowski himself was ultra impressive, it was also the return of Thiago Alcantara that gave him a continuous supply of balls into his feet. Once there, Lewandowski was able to work his magic.

Magic that has earned him Player of the Month honors.

Methodology: The Player of the Month is generated by taking the mean player rating across all match performance votes the player received in the month of March. To address for playing time, matches in which a player did not play, are given performances deemed to be team average, or the average of all collective votes over the course of the month. For March the average vote was 3.35. All players who did not play in the month are excluded from the award.

Forms of the Month

The In-Form Player: Robert Lewandowski. 20% increase
The Out-of-Form Player: Xabi Alonso. 7% decrease

Methodology: The month's form is found by calculating the player's average rating over all games as a percent difference of their season average rating. The player with the greatest percent increase is awarded the in-form award while the greatest percent decrease is awarded the out-of-form. All players who did not play in the month are excluded from the award.

Individual Match and Aggregate Ratings

vs. Leverkusen vs. Dortmund vs. Frankfurt vs. Hoffenheim vs. Hertha vs. Porto, Leg 1 vs. Porto, Leg 2 vs. Dortmund Average
Robert Lewandowski 4.93 4.67 4.93 3.35 2.85 2.61 4.77 4.21 4.31
Thiago Alcantara 4.39 3.62 4.39 3.98 3.68 3.78 4.81 3.55 4.08
Manuel Neuer 4.9 4.46 4.13 4.62 2.7 3.82 4.18 4.05
Jerome Boateng 3.96 4.51 3.58 3.91 2.15 4.38 4.05 3.91
Thomas Müller 4.64 4.02 4.64 3.48 2.74 2.57 3.55 3.78
Philipp Lahm 3.82 3.61 3.82 3.53 2.82 4.47 2.92 3.69
Juan Bernat 3.61 3.61 3.61 3.45 2.61 4.66 3.74 3.69
Mehdi Benatia 3.19 4.12 3.81 3.68
Bastian Schweinsteiger 3.9 3.97 3.55 3.67
Pepe Reina 3.72 3.72 3.6
Sinan Kurt 2.85 3.52
Mitchell Weiser 3.43 3.43 3.53 4.29 3.22 3.54 3.5
Claudio Pizarro 3.17 2.66 3.49
Rafinha 3.59 3.42 3.59 3.73 2.55 3.96 3.21 3.48
Holger Badstuber 3.16 3.16 4 2.61 3.94 3.45
Gianluca Gaudino 3.03 3.03 3.5 3.12 3.4
Sebastian Rode 3.27 3.18 3.27 4.65 3.24 2.92 3.45 3.34
Mario Götze 4.2 3.09 4.2 2.93 2.71 2.27 3.79 2.34 3.33
Xabi Alonso 3.59 3.09 3.59 1.65 4.23 2.74 3.3
Dante 3.64 3.69 3.64 2.37 2.78 1.36 2.88 3.11

Community Man of the Match Honors

DFB Pokal Quarterfinals vs.Bayer Levekusen: Robert Lewandowski - 2nd of the season

Matchday 27 vs. Borussia Dortmund: Robert Lewandowski - 3rd of the season

Champions League Quarterfinals vs. Porto, Leg 1: Thiago - 1st of the season

Matchday 28 vs. Eintracht Frankfurt: Robert Lewandowski - 4th of the season

Matchday 29 vs. Hoffenheim: Sebastian Rode - 2nd of the season

Champions League Quarterfinals vs. Porto, Leg 2: Thiago - 2nd of the season

Matchday 30 vs. Hertha Berlin: Manuel Neuer - 3rd of the season

DFB Pokal Semi-finals vs. Borussia Dortmund: Robert Lewandowski - 5th of the season

Community Scapegoat of the Match Honors

Champions League Quarterfinals vs. Porto, Leg 1: Dante - 9th of the season

Matchday 29 vs. Hoffenheim: Dante - 10th of the season

Champions League Quarterfinals vs. Porto, Leg 2: Dante - 11th of the season

Matchday 30 vs. Hertha Berlin: Claudio Pizarro - 1st of the season

DFB Pokal Semi-finals vs. Borussia Dortmund: Mario Götze - 3rd of the season