Bundesliga Matchday 7 Team of the Week

A rare defeat for Bayern, draws for RB Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and Dortmund meant that Borussia Mönchengladbach suddenly found themselves topping the table after match day 7 was completed. Here are the 11 players who stood out the most during this weekend’s action packed Bundesliga fixtures.

Goalkeeper – Peter Gulacsi (RB Leipzig)

Both Leverkusen and RB Leipzig had their chances in this match. However, both teams were wasteful in front of goal. Leipzig’s shot stopper Gulacsi shone in this match, keeping out a total of 7 shots.

Defender – Kevin Akpoguma (Hoffenheim)

If one wants to get something from an away day at the Allianz Arena, the team’s defenders must have a good day. Akpoguma had one of his better days against the Bavarian record champions. One interception, eight clearances and two blocked shots speak volumes about how good the 24-year-old was against Bayern.

Defender – Moussa Niakhate (1. FSV Mainz 05)

Four interceptions, nine clearances and two blocked shots are rare stats for a defender playing against a side like Paderborn. However, Mainz were lucky to get away with three points in their match. Niakhate had a good day at the office, making him one of the better defenders on match day 7 of the Bundesliga.

Defender – Daniel Brosinski (1. FSV Mainz 05)

Three shots, two of them on target, a converted penalty and four key passes made the 31-year-old left back Mainz’s most important attacking weapon against newly promoted SC Paderborn. The only mistake Brosinski made was to give away a penalty from a handball. However, the left back was lucky that goalkeeper Robin Zentner had a good day and kept out Jamilu Collins’s shot from the spot.

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Right midfield – Patrick Herrmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Two goals scored early on to put this game to bed after only 13 minutes. Even more astonishingly, Herrmann was selfless enough to set up Breel Embolo instead of going for a hat trick towards the end of the game. A great game by the former German international.

Holding midfield – Jonas Hector (1. FC Köln)

The Cologne skipper was the Billy Goat’s most vital player on the pitch against Schalke 04. His 18 tackles were vital in keeping Schalke at bay and his goal in over time secured the team a much needed point against a strong opponent away from home.

Holding midfield – Sebastian Rode (Eintracht Frankfurt)

The 28-year-old had the most passes and touches of any Eintracht player, being the pulsating heart of a team that ran their legs off to play some amazing attacking football. Despite Frankfurt’s best efforts, the match finished 2-2, but Rode was a sight to behold. His goal for the 1-1 equalizer was also a thing of beauty.

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Attacking midfield – Vladimir Darida (Hertha BSC)

Most sprints, most runs, one goal and one assist.  The Czech midfielder was Hertha’s key attacking man in their impressive 3-1 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Left midfield – Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund)

Two goals in the Champions League and another one against the Breisgau Brazilians. However, Hakimi’s perfect week was spoiled by the fact that BVB once again couldn’t see out a game after securing a 2-1 lead.

Striker – Gianluca Waldschmidt (SC Freiburg)

Four goals from seven matches so far is the best ever start the 23-year-old has had to a season. SC Freiburg’s good form at the start of the season has been brought on by a good defense and the fact that their strikers have been rather effective in front of goal.

Striker –  Sargis Adamyan (Hoffenheim)

Scoring two goals against Bayern means that you are pretty much a shoe in for the team of the week. This impressive feat came in the 26-year-old’s third ever Bundesliga match. It is not often that players debut at top tier level at the age of 26, but Adamyan seems to be a diamond that had been hidden in the lower divisions for too long.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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