Bayern power rankings, March 2016

Robert Lewandowski remains on top at FC Bayern München ahead of a key month in Pep Guardiola’s tenure as a couple of big names return to form.

Man of the month

Robert Lewandowski9.5: Robert Lewandowski

With six goals an an assist, the Pole has dominated the team once again. The finishing that was sometimes missing last season has been very strong. If he scored goals with headers, he would be even more amazing. (February: 9.5)

Going strong

David Alaba9: David Alaba

The young Austrian may be more important than ever at Bayern. Playing in central defence and at left-back, he has distributed and swept in Jérôme Boateng’s absence. Although no substitute for the massive German defender, Alaba did great out of position. (February: 8.5)

Manuel Neuer9: Manuel Neuer

A spectacular keeper-sweeper-saver performance against Wolfsburg was his best of the season, and one of the best since he joined the team. It is not easy to be the best goalkeeper in the world when you rarely see the ball but Neuer handles it just fine. (February: 8)

Thomas Müller8.5: Thomas Müller

An insane performance against Darmstadt, with chest control and solid finishing, probably made his month. He was somewhat less interesting to watch in most games, but he still found the way to put the ball in the back of the net when it was needed. A few poor touches against Juventus prevented him from getting a better rating. (February: 8.5)

8.5: Arjen RobbenArjen Robben

His progression has been impressive since returning in late January. Robben was especially strong against Juventus, getting involved in every phase of the play, from scoring to tackling. We give a warm welcome to his renewed chemistry with Franck Ribéry. (February: 8)

Franck Ribéry8.5: Franck Ribéry

What a return! Injured for most of the season, his three substitutions had decisive impacts, leading Bayern to either a win or to the stabilisation needed to prevent Juventus from gaining the advantage in the Champions League. We could not ask for better. (February: unrated)

Arturo Vidal8.5: Arturo Vidal

A pair of strong games at Darmstadt and Juventus have marked a return to form for the Chilean international. Vidal’s work to protect the defence and win the ball in the midfield have been solid of late. We know is a two-way player, though… (February: unrated)

Joshua Kimmich8.5: Joshua Kimmich

Alright. He made a mistake that made Bayern blow a 2:0 lead at Juventus. Otherwise, the young midfielder has done a great job as an emergency centre-back, with vision and accurate distribution. Thumbs up. (February: 8)

Doing OK

Kingsley Coman8: Kingsley Coman

Kingsley played less in recent matches, but he did a great job right when he had to. A convincing performance against Wolfsburg helped score the game’s two goals. (February: 8)

Philipp Lahm8: Philipp Lahm

For purely tactical considerations, the captain had a good month. Alternating between right-back and central midfield, he opened up spaces for the attack. His sheer impact on the game has however been diminished of late. He makes fewer decisive plays and his crosses seem gone. (February: 8.5)

Can improve

Douglas Costa7.5: Douglas Costa

The Brazilian’s performance dipped last month. Although he remains fast and threatening, his play has been more predictable than in months past. A certain French winger has proven more useful with limited minutes… (February: 8.5)

Thiago Alcantara7.5: Thiago Alcântara

The jury is still out on his case. His vertical passes against Augsburg were perfect, but he otherwise had an average month, lacking impact and losing midfield control against Juventus. (February: 7.5)

Juan Bernat7: Juan Bernat

Efforts are visible, but results are not. Bernat has played decently in the last couple of games but his passing accuracy can improve and he still cannot beat a defender one-on-one. (February: unrated)

Xabi Alonso7: Xabi Alonso

Rested in a few games, Alonso had a very small window of opportunity to prove his worth in February. His performances were not impressive either. A pause before crunch time? (February: 8)

Unrated

Due to injury or lack of playing time: Ulreich, Boateng, Badstuber, Götze, Rafinha, Starke, Benatia, Rode, Martínez