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Bundesliga Team Of The Week | Matchday 7 2021/22

GK, Timo Horn (FC Köln) – The German stopper helped Köln to a 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig in the Topspiel on Saturday evening with eight saves. Christopher Nkunku, Emil Forsberg & Co. had tested Horn from range but he made a magnificent save to deny Dominik Szoboszlai, rushing out and making himself big to deny the Hungarian in stoppage time.

RB, Kevin Mbabu (Wolfsburg) – Arguably his best performance of the season, Mbabu is an integral part of the Wolfsburg defence that has conceded just two goals in the opening five games. The Switzerland international had 89 touches of the ball and was productive going forward in what was a frustrating evening for Die Wölfe.

CB, Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich) – There probably isn’t a better defender in the Bundesliga right now other than Süle, the 195cm tall German nonchalantly struts around the pitch at the Allianz Arena acting as a wall and last defence that opposing attackers has to face. He often deputises at full-back and is one of the quickest defenders in the league.

CB, Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) – After missing Bayern Munich’s opening three games through injury, Frenchman Hernandez has finally found a place in this squad after almost being forced out of the exit door. Impressive against RB Leipzig last week, Hernandez also put in an excellent performance on Saturday. Composed on the ball, the 25-year-old is finally looking every bit the player that Bayern Munich shelled €80m on in 2019.

LB, Raphaël Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) – The Portugal international opened the scoring for Borussia Dortmund against Union Berlin on Sunday with a rocket of a shot on the half-volley from inside the area from a tight angle. Guerreiro is fast becoming one of the best left-backs in the world.

CM, Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – Playing alongside Leon Goretzka for both club and country, midfield maestro Kimmich once again putt in a MOTM performance for Bayern Munich. The 26-year-old scored a brace against Bochum, his first goal reminiscent of a typical Robert Lewandowski finish – exquisite first touch, turn and shot past Manuel Riemann. Kimmich registered 101 touches and created two big chances as the reigning champions put seven past Bochum.

CM, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp (Hertha BSC) – The Dutchman replaced Kevin-Prince Boateng on the hour mark against Greuther Fürth and took just 73 seconds to score on his Bundesliga debut. The 18-year-old also played a role in Hertha’s winner, Ekkelenkamp’s pressure forcing opposing defender Maximilian Bauer into scoring an own goal following Marco Richter’s cross.

AM, Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen) – After a goal and assist against Borussia Dortmund last weekend, Wirtz put in another phenomenal performance against Stuttgart on Sunday. He assisted Patrik Schick before scoring Bayer Leverkusen’s third, intercepting the ball before running 40 yards and calmly placing the ball beyond Florian Müller with his weaker left foot. His off the ball movement is incredible and already this season, at 18, the now Germany international has three goals and four assists in 209 minutes.

AM, Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich) – Sané received a lot of criticism towards the end of last season and into this to the point of being booed off the pitch, but the German attacker put in another magnificent performance for Bayern Munich. Since switching back to the left-wing, Sané has grown in confidence and it’s showing on the pitch. Sané opened the scoring against Bochum before assisting Joshua Kimmich to double Bayern’s lead. On his day, the 25-year-old is unplayable.

FW, Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) – The Norwegian bagged his 22nd brace for Borussia Dortmund and has now scored 68 goals in 67 games in all competitions. Haaland wanted to score more headers this season and he did so midway through the first half, converting Thomas Meunier’s pinpoint cross. Haaland’s second of the afternoon rightfully goal of the weekend. Latching onto to a ball over the top from Mats Hummels, Haaland acrobatically lobbed Andreas Luthe with his first touch, Zlatan Ibrahimovic-esque.

FW, Anthony Modeste (FC Köln) – After a frustrating spell in China and a failed loan spell at Saint-Étienne last season, the Frenchman has looked re-energised under new Köln head coach Steffen Baumgart. Full of confidence, Modeste was a nuisance all afternoon for the RB Leipzig defence, bullying and harassing the opposition. After seeing an earlier strike ruled out, he was eventually awarded with a goal, a superb finish into the roof of the net.

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