If you take away the slip up he had in Madrid in the Champions League semifinals, Sven Ulreich had an outstanding April for Bayern Munich. Justifiably, he’s been voted as Bayern’s player of the month for April in what will surely be a rather bittersweet honor for the keeper knowing how costly his error was against Real Madrid, albeit that [second leg] match was technically played on the 1st of May. Ulreich beat out James Rodriguez, Joshua Kimmich, Franck Ribery, and Thomas Muller, receiving 23% of the votes, with the next best being James (18%). As an added bonus, three lucky Bayern fans were also drawn to win signed Ulreich jerseys.
In particular, Ulreich put on goalkeeping masterclasses with his performances against Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Pokal semifinals and in Bayern’s 3-0 win over Hannover 96. Additionally, he made a handful of key saves over the course of the two legs against Sevilla in the Champions League quarterfinals that ultimately helped Bayern advance to the semis.
Some of his best saves from April:
Your votes are in! #SvenTheWall ⛔ is your April Player of the Month! #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/VaBjRqs5l9— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) May 8, 2018
Impressively, this is the third time Ulreich has collected the award this season, adding to November and December. Taking into consideration the question marks that loomed over Ulreich when his first stepped in as Manuel Neuer’s replacement, he’s come a long way and has proven to be one of the players who’s been completed rejuvenated under Jupp Heynckes. Sure, his mistake vs. Real Madrid may take quite some time for people to get over, but it shouldn’t outweigh how good he’s been for Bayern over the course of the season and he should take plenty of pride receiving the player of the month award once again.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; #SvenTheWall didn’t just come out of thin air - there’s a reason why it’s caught on so quickly amongst Bayern fans everywhere!