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Bundesliga Team Of The Week: Matchday Four

Matchday four of the Bundesliga featured the Ruhr and Hamburg derbies, as well as a host of other exciting matches including a 7-0 win for Stuttgart over Gladbach. Here’s my team of the week!

Between the sticks, I’ve got Schalke’s Manuel Neuer. Despite being on the losing end of a 1-3 result, Neuer had a fantastic game and didn’t deserve to concede the goals he did. If it wasn’t for him, Schalke may have been absolutely blown away by rivals and weekend opponents Borussia Dortmund. An excellent display from the German number one, who made a fantastic double save to deny Neven Subotic from six yards.

At right-back, I’ve got Stuttgart’s Christian Traesch. The versatile defender looked composed at the back and pushed forward with great comfort, and was very involved in his team’s attacking moves. Hard not to be when your side scores seven, but I thought he stood out and had a good game.

In the center of defense, I’ve got Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels. He had a great game. He marshalled Schalke’s attacking players with great efficiency, and made Raul look like an amateur. He will certainly be pushing for a place in Joachim Loew’s Germany squad.

Next to Hummels, I’ve picked Carlos Zambrano. I thought he had a good game for St. Pauli against Hamburg. For a young defender, it can be intimidating to be thrust into a hot atmosphere like that and to have to play against top players like Ruud van Nistelrooy. Zambrano did well though, and kept his side fighting for three points until a bit of class from Petric stole what would have been a sweet victory away from St. Pauli.

At left-back, I’ve got Felix Bastians. The young wing-back can play at a variety of positions up and down the left flank, but he looked very comfortable in defense against Frankfurt. He was decent going forward, and he put in quite a few testing crosses.

On the right wing, I’ve picked Gerald Asamoah. The experienced Germany international made his debut for St. Pauli on the weekend against Hamburg, and made an instant impact. Just two minutes after he entered play, his trickery and technique provided the opener for St. Pauli. If he can keep fit, he may just provide the extra bit of bite in attack that St. Pauli will need this season.

In the middle, I’ve picked Stuttgart’s Zdravko Kuzmanovic. As well as getting his name on the scoresheet in his side 7-0 thumping of Gladbach, Kuzmanovic did the dirty work in midfield with great efficiency. He bossed the middle, and for ninety minutes Stuttgart fans would have forgotten about the loss of Sami Khedira.

Next to him, I’ve picked Wolfsburg’s Diego. Wolfsburg head coach Steve McClaren has announced plans to build his new-look Wolfe side around the Brazilian playmaker, and with that Diego helped Wolfsburg to their first points of the season with a 2-0 win over Hannover.

On the left, I’ve got Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa. The winger put two past Manuel Neuer in Schalke’s goal and had an excellent match all around. He looks to be an inspired signing, and he could well help Dortmund to a Champions League berth. Great player.

Up top, I’ve picked Stuttgart’s Pavel Pogrebnyak. After hitting a hat-trick against Gladbach, you can’t not pick him. He’s strong, he’s pacey, he’s great in the air and he’s good on both feet. He showed it all off against Gladbach and he looks in top form.

Next to him, I’ve got Kaiserslautern’s on-loan Austrian starlet Erwin Hoffer. Hoffer hit a brace against Hoffenheim on the weekend but his side were unlucky to concede and only come away with a point. Still, good game from the young striker who is doing a lot to impress both his parent club, Napoli, and Kaiserslautern. If he keeps it up, Kaiserslautern should definitely take aim at signing the Austrian on a permanent basis.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. brad

    September 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Love this site! I know Schalke will improve but the soul of that team is just gone!
    Asamoah, Bordon, Westermann, Rafinha..Kuranyi, .they ARE Schalke! All gone can’t believe it
    The loans are noteworth but with these guys gone it is going tobe a rebuilding process.
    Magath should of stayed at Wolfsburg sorry but its true. He had a shitkicking team man
    Just so organized and sublime. Defense was great and he could have kept the Grafite and Dzeko
    Train humming. Instead they derailed last year.
    Either Mageth will rebuild or leave. There is NO question is an amzing coach but
    Schalke is like a money pit “lemon” house he bought and now he will spending all his time
    Trying to fix it up. Schslke used to have such spirit! I hope that Raul, Neuer, and
    Farfan can provide the strength for the team in resolve and talent but the question is
    do even THEY
    BELIEVE anymore?! Schalke is a place where you need to love being there
    …There is no faking it there!

  2. David

    September 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    And I just realized, thanks to Henry, what Magath did in loaning out Holtby. Two goals today for Mainz! Looks like he’s the Toni Kroos of 2010-11.

  3. David

    September 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Hendry Wijaya

    You said it. Magath gambled & lost. He sold off the house, the car & his wife, and it’s hard to see a way out for him.

    I can’t honestly believe they’ll be this bad the entire season, though. It just can’t happen. Or can it? Wolfsburg has set the recent standard of how far you can fall after winning, so…

  4. Hendry Wijaya

    September 20, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Magath really did a kamikaze in managing Schalke this season. Bordon, Westermann, Rafinha out, while he loaned Zambrano and Holtby who ironically doing well in their respective club. Guess St. Pauli and Mainz having the last laugh. What a shame Magath…

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