Nürnburg have finally stopped the rot, Erzgebirge Aue continue to improve under Tomislav Stipic and the three newly promoted sides are still thriving in Germany’s second tier. 1860 Mïnchen have made a perfect start to life after Ricardo Moniz and Ingolstadt have gone back to the top of the table. Let’s take a look at this week’s team of the week.
Stephan Ortega – The 1860 goalkeeper has taken full advantage of Gabor Kiraly’s departure by making the number 1 spot his own. Ortega’s impressive form continued in Friday’s win over Greuther Fürth. The young German had a fine game between the sticks as he made a number of good saves, including a vital save, at 1-0, from Kacper Przybylko.
Benjamin Kessel – At the start of the season, Kessel had lost his place in the starting XI following the arrival of Vegar Eggen Hedenstad. However, the right back has re-established himself in the team over the past month and put in a fine performance in Braunschweig’s 2-1 win over Sandhausen on Friday night. Kessel put his side into the lead on, 38 minutes, with a powerful drive and he continued to put in a very strong performance, on the right hand side, in both defence and attack.
Marvin Matip – While his younger brother, Joel, made the Bundesliga 1 team of the week, Marvin makes this team of the week after an equally impressive performance in keeping a clean sheet over a very strong Karlsruher side. The Cameroon international was a rock at the heart of the Ingolstadt defence and richly deserves his place in the team of the week.
Jonathan Tah – The towering 18 year old centre-back has made a fine start to life at Fortuna Dusseldorf, after joining the club, on a season long loan, from Hamburg. It took just one game for Tah to establish himself at the heart of the F95 defence and he has already shown why he is so highly rated by putting in 3 very assured performances, including a very impressive showing, against Red Bull Leipzig, on Sunday. If Tah continues to play to such a high level, Hamburg may well regret allowing him to leave the club for a season.
Philip Heise – The Heidenheim left back has had very little trouble adapting to Bundesliga 2 and Bochum were the latest side to struggle against the powerful full-back. Heise was a constant threat down the left hand side, linking up brilliantly with Marc Schnatterer and giving the Bochum right back, Tobias Weis, a torrid a time. His fine performance was suitably rewarded when he grabbed an assist in the 77th minute when his low cross was turned in by Robert Leipertz.
Alexander Ring – Kaiserslautern’s Finnish midfielder has been the club’s most improved player this season and he almost inspired his team to a stirring comeback against Nürnburg, on Monday night. At 3-0 down, the midfielder almost single handedly took it upon himself to bring his team back into the game as he grabbed his 3rd goal in as many games and later struck the post with an great effort from the edge of the box. It was ultimately a case of so near and yet so far for Der Bertze as the game finished 3-2. However, Ring could hold his head high after an excellent performance.
Alessandro Schöpf – The chances are that Valérien Ismael would be out of a job, if it wasn’t for the performance of Alessandro Schöpf. The Austrian midfielder put in a man of the match performance, scoring 2 goals and assisting another, as Nürnburg scraped to victory over Kaiserslautern. Schöpf has had a mixed start to the season but if he continues to perform in a similar vein to last night’s performance, Valérien Ismael will continue to have a job and Nürnburg will continue to climb the table.
Pascal Groß – Groß has, arguably, been the most improved player in the Bundesliga 2, this season. Saturday’s game, against Karlsruher, saw him put in another sterling midfield performance against one of the strongest midfields in the league. Groß is establishing himself as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in the league and is proving his quality at both ends of the pitch.
Daniel Adlung – This season has been a difficult one for the 1860 attacking midfielder. He found himself left out in the cold after he was one of a number of players to go out partying after a home loss to Leipzig. However, the dismissal of Ricardo Moniz saw Adlung welcomed back into the fold and he certainly came back with a bang, against Greuther Fürth, on Friday. It took just 6 minutes for Adlung to find Rubin Okotie with a fine through ball and the Austrian did the rest as he gave 1860 the lead. Adlung looked determined to make up for lost time as he continued to have a major influence on the game, giving the debuting Guilherme a tough time at left back and Adlung later came close to doubling the lead himself.
Marc Schnatterer – Schnatterer has taken to the Bundesliga 2 like a duck to water and a previously unbeaten Bochum side were the latest side to be left shellshocked by the Heidenheim talisman. The attacking midfielder scored 2 goals as he fired his side into an early 3-0 lead but he also played a big hand in 2 other goals as his set-piece deliveries caused havoc in the opposition box and led to goals from Patrick Mayer and Florian Niederlechner. The Heidenheim captain has recently committed himself to the club until 2020 and with performances like this, the club have an exciting 6 years ahead of them.
Georg Teigl – Teigl is normally a regular at right back but an injury to Yussuf Poulson saw the young Austrian entrusted to lead the attack and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Teigl showed great striker’s instincts to get ahead of his man and give his side an early lead over Dusseldorf. However, Teigl bettered himself in the second half when he beat Michael Rensing with a fine half-volley, just one minute after Fortuna had equalised. Teigl has shown that Poulson, Ante Rebic and Terrence Boyd have a fight on their hands if they want to lead the Red Bull attack, this season.
Honourable Mentions: Daniel Haas (Union Berlin), Kai Bulow (1860), Kevin Kraus (Heidenheim), Chris Löwe (Kaiserslautern), Dennis Daube (St Pauli), Michael Fink (Aue), Ilie Sanchez (1860), Vincenzo Grifo (FSV Frankfurt) and Florian Niederlechner (Heidenheim).
Player of the week
Goal of the week
Vincenzo Grifo’s fine volley looked to have completed a comeback, from 0-2, over St Pauli, on Sunday. This sweet strike would have been worthy of winning any game but unfortunately for the Italian, on loan from Hoffenheim, Pauli would later make it 3-3.
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