July 21, 2017

Team of the Week – Match Day 21

Goals, goals, and more goals was what match day 21 had on offer for fans of German football.

Bayern München made the biggest headlines of the week by crushing the completely inept Hamburger SV, whose coach Joe Zinnbauer had clearly chosen the wrong tactics.

The match between Bayer Leverkusen and VfL Wolfsburg ended in a thrilling 4-5 loss for Die Werkself and is surely among the contenders to be crowned “game of the season.” The showdown between Bas Dost and Heung-Min Son made for excellent entertainment.

With all that in mind, here are the eleven players who impressed the most on match day 21.

Goalkeeper

Kevin Trapp – After the match, the Eintracht keeper was singled-out for praise by Schalke coach Roberto di Matteo. In the first half, Trapp pulled off three vital saves which kept the Eagles in the match. Schaaf’s team managed to get a better grip in the second half, and Trapp didn’t have to pull off another save until the 89th minute.

Defence

Alexander Madlung – The Eintracht defence has been criticised a lot over the last few weeks, but against Schalke they managed to keep their opponents’ chances at a minimum even as the team were struggling in the first half. And in the second half, the chasing Royal Blues didn’t manage to create any big chances. Alexander Madlung played a terrific 90 minutes, much to the liking of Thomas Schaaf who stood on the sidelines as a coach in the Bundesliga for the 500th time.

Juan Bernat – The Bayern defender is certainly one of the best purchases the champions have made over the last few years. Against HSV, he was once again efficient in defence and happy to go forward when his team were in possession of the ball. Yet another flawless performance by the Spaniard.

Uwe Hühnemeier – The Paderborn skipper formed a formidable pair with Rafa Lopes against Hannover. The 96’ers weren’t allowed to create more than three chances thanks to Hühnemeier’s contribution to a great Paderborn effort in defence.

Midfield

Marco Reus – First, Reus managed to expertly finish a move after Kevin Kampl had played him through on a goal. Later, Reus played one of the most beautiful passes you’ll ever see to put his teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang through on goal. The upswing in the German international’s form couldn’t have come at a better time for Jürgen Klopp and Dortmund, as they have finally managed to win two matches on the bounce for the first time this season.

Zlatko Junuzovic – The Austrian extended his contract until 2018 this week, increasing by a few more notches the euphoria currently surrounding Werder Bremen. Against Augsburg, he again ran himself into the ground and assisted on goals from a free kick and a corner kick with his magical right foot. Another sublime performance showcased why three clubs from the top half of the table were hoping to sign Junuzovic.

Thomas Müller – Two goals, two assists, and crucial involvement in a fifth goal. Saturday saw one of Müller’s best performances of the season.

Mario Götze – The 23-year-old was goalless in the eight matches before Saturday’s thrashing of HSV. Against the Red Shorts, Götze scored a tap-in and finished the demolition of Hamburg with a lovely shot to make it 8-0.

Attack

Arjen Robben – A long range effort from outside the box and a goal scored with his right foot gave Robben two goals, the type of which Bayern fans usually wouldn’t expect from him. The Dutchman has 14 goals in the Bundesliga season, which is as many as Bayern opponents have scored against them in 21 matches total.

Heung-]min Son – All seemed lost for Bayer Leverkusen at half time, but in the second half, Son helped key a turnaround to offer the fans a truly memorable match that finished with an unlucky outcome. The South Korean’s three goals are solid evidence that Son played what was probably his best 45 minutes in a Bayer kit Saturday.

Bas Dost – Tomorrow’s Kicker is going to feature an interview with the Dutch striker who now claims he should be the undisputed number one striker VfL Wolfsburg. His performance against Bayer Leverkusen certainly showed why he feels confident enough to make such a bold claim. Of his five efforts, four hit the back of the net. Six of Dost’s eight goals have come in the Rückrunde.

Honourable mentions: Holger Badstuber, David Alaba, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery, Neven Subotic, Nuri Sahin, Pierre Emrick Aubamayeng, Karim Bellarabi, Kevin de Bruyne, Naldo, Ricardo Rodriguez, Yann Sommer, Tony Jantschke, Granit Xhaka, Timo Horn, Assani Lukimya, Tobias Werner, Sebastian Rudy, Roberto Firmino, Marco Russ, Timothy Chandler, Maximillian Philipp, Felix Klaus, Rafa Lopes, Srdjan Lakic, Alban Meha

Goal of the Week

The 18 teams in the Bundesliga managed a total of 36 goals (fours per match on average) on this weekend. Narrowing all of the pretty goals down to one was certainly difficult, but Arjen Robben’s insane effort against HSV was simply too good to pass up.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 30-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 and on the @AufstiegPod.

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