After a red hot 3-0-0 start to their season, Bayern Munich are even with Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga table (yes, they are behind on goal differential but let's not pretend like that matters just yet). This start has taken place despite the loss of Mehdi Benatia to injury against Hoffenheim, and Jerome Boateng's double yellow in 30 seconds and the complete lack of any traditional centerback in their 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Player of the Month
In case there was any doubt, Douglas Costa was the Player of the Month for August. 4 assists, one goal, lightning pace and tremendous foot speed all paired with intense technical skill and a directness that Bayern Munich has sorely lacked with Franck Ribery's numerous injury issues over the past two years.
With Arjen Robben mired in a slump of form, and the Bayern Munich midfield still getting their footing right with the integration of Arturo Vidal (their 5-0 thrashing of Hamburg aside), Bayern Munich has been in a somewhat shaky position from which Costa has provided the spark to lift the team. His connection with Thomas Müller has been almost instinctive at times and the two have proven to be a powerful duo already in this Bundesliga season.
If he keeps up this form, Bayern Munich are going to have one hell of a season.
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 August. 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 August the average vote was 3.70. All players who did not play in the month are excluded from the award.
Individual Match and Aggregate Ratings
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Community Man of the Match Honors
Matchday 1 vs Hamburg SV - Douglas Costa - 1st of the Season
Matchday 2 vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Douglas Costa - 2nd of the Season
Matchday 3 vs Bayer Leverkusen - Douglas Costa - 3rd of the Season
Community Scapegoat of the Match Honors
Matchday 2 vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - Jerome Boateng - 1st of the Season
Matchday 3 vs Bayer Leverkusen - Dante - 1st ( and only) of the Season