Stats&Links: Player of the Month May
In a few years time, when we will take a look back on May 2017, it will be linked with the goodbyes of legends like Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso. No cup final, no Champions League final and no close race for the domestic league title. However, there will be a game, which most likely we all will remember. The crowned champion facing of against the upcoming competitor RB Leipzig. A game, which had no competitive value, appeared to be much more than a prestigious matchup. FC Bayern was keen on emphasizing their supremacy in the Bundesliga, whereas Leipzig tried to trouble them as much as possible.
As a result, the game turned out to be extremely exciting, with Leipzig leading 4:2 with only 10 minutes to go in the second half, followed by an incredible finish. Lewandowski managed to get one back for FC Bayern in the 84th minute and David Alaba even equalized per free kick in the dying minutes of the game. An all around deserved draw for both teams. Everything seemed to be settled.
But not for Arjen Robben. After an opening pass from Thomas Müller he picks up pace from the half way line. Robben runs past Marvin Compper just like Gareth Bale did run past Marc Batra in the Copa del Rey final of 2014. With only 11 meters to go he cuts inside – what else would he do? – and chips the ball over keeper Gulasci. A run that brings back memories of the winner in the cup semi-final against Schalke 04 back in 2010. His celebration afterwards speaks for itself. “It’s not over until we say it’s over”, Thiago posted fittingly on his social media after the game.
Just a week later, it was the last time for Robben to play over the right wing with Philipp Lahm behind him – and he took advantage of it. It was quite obvious that he had a lot of fun in the final game of the season against Freiburg. After only four minutes Robben scored the first goal and even managed to add two more assists within the following 86 minutes. Overall he had eleven shots on target, which is a new personal best.
In May he scored twice, assisted twice, played five key passes and had nine dribbles in only two games (he did not play against Darmstadt). In addition to that, in both games, Robben was one of the top three players regarding touches, which underlines his motivation and involvement in those games.
Altogether he scored 13 goals in this season, which is the sixth time he puts up double figures in this category. He also contributed eleven assists, which is another personal best. With 24 scorer points in total, he equalized his record of the 2014/2015 season.
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