Bundesliga Team of the Week Matchday 9


Tomás Koubek (Augsburg)

The absence of Rafal Gikiewicz (who has graced out Team of the Week already) was no real problem for Augsburg as his deputy Tomás Koubek had an excellent game against Wolfsburg making a number of top saves to deny die Wölfe the win their chance creation probably deserved.

Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen)

If this was a trial to impress the new boss, Jeremie Frimpong passed the test with flying colours and will be the teacher’s pet going into next week. Schalke couldn’t handle his pace down the right and he got into the positions to score twice and help Leverkusen to a much-needed win.

Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich)

So solid, and we’re not talking about his physique. Upamecano turned in a fine display in the Klassiker as he partnered Matthijs de Ligt to keep Dortmund largely at bay. His timing was superb, and he won hand to clear the danger on numerous occasions. Not to blame for either BVB goal.

Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

To say that Bensebaini was awful last week against Werder Bremen would be an understatement. That he wasn’t hauled off at half time was a surprise and that he kept his place this weekend was also somewhat of a surprise.

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He repaid Daniel Farke’s faith with a return to his best form. He coolly slotted home the penalty to restore Gladbach’s lead before half time and then scored again in the second half. Was that really Ramy Bensebaini at the Weser Stadion?

Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich)

In the absence of Kimmich in the first half Goretzka took on a role combining both attack and defence with aplomb. With Marcel Sabitzer taking the role behind him, Goretzka put the tackles in, spread the ball forward and capped a fine overall display with a superbly taken first goal.

Suat Serdar (Hertha Berlin)

A battling and yet controlled performance from Serdar, who is becoming an integral part of this improving Hertha team even if his well struck goal in the game wasn’t enough to help them to a first home win of the season.

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Manu Koné (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Partnering Julian Weigl in the double pivot Koné delivered a top performance in the Rheinderby to help Gladbach put the Werder debacle to bed. The Foals have admitted they know big clubs are going to be coming in for the midfielder- performances like this are why.

Philipp Förster (VfL Bochum)

Involved in the first two goals via set pieces. It was his corner that was headed home for the first and then his free-kick delivery that led to the own goal and the second goal. He then put the icing on the cake by firing in a superb effort of his own to make it 3-0 right at the end. A good day at the office.

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Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen)

Along with Frimpong Diaby was a menace on the right-hand side and moving centrally for Leverkusen against Schalke. He has not been at his best thus far this season, but the signs were there on Saturday that he’s returning the top form he’s capable of. Scored the opener to set Leverkusen on their way.

Ritsu Doan (Freiburg)

Freiburg have settled on a line-up at the moment that isn’t being rotated because it is working so well and Japanese midfielder Doan is a key part of that. He roams around the right and is always looking to create. A big part of why a tired Breigauer side still took a point from the Olympiastadion.

Niclas Füllkrug (Werder Bremen)

Füllkrug set up his strike partner Ducksch for Werder’s first goal at Hoffenheim on Friday and then kept his nerve to score a late penalty to win the game for Werder. He now has eight goals and three assists in the first nine games of the season. Only Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have scored more goals this season among players in Europe’s top five leagues.

Honourable mentions:

Christopher Nkunku and Marcel Halstenberg had good games for RB Leipzig, while Anton Stach performed well for Mainz in the same game. Leroy Sané kept his fine form going in the Klassiker, while Anthony Modeste grabbed the headlines with his late winner. Julian Weigl did well in the Rheinderby, and Maxi Arnold deserved to be on the winning side for Wolfsburg at Augsburg. Goalscoring defenders Paul Jaeckel, Marvin Friedrich and Robery Gumny also deserve a mention. In goal Coen Casteels was only slightly overshadowed by Koubek.

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