In goal, I’ve got Wolfsburg’s Diego Benaglio. If it wasn’t for him, Borussia Monchengladbach may have walked away with three points against Steve McClaren’s side. Benaglio is always a reliable player, but he stood out this weekend for his side.
At right-back, I’ve got Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm. The Germany captain was assured in defense, and quite impressive going forward. He always puts in a shift, and despite Bayern Munich’s loss to Borussia Dortmund, Lahm played well.
In the center of defense, I’ve got Borussia Dortmund’s center-half pairing of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic. I think in those two players, Borussia Dortmund have the strongest defensive partnership in the league. While both of them are still very young, they play with maturity and composure and are rarely caught out of position. They kept a clean sheet against Bayern Munich this weekend, and they’ve done a fantastic job together so far this season. Hummels is really making a case for a spot on the national team, and I don’t think it’ll be too long before he gets it.
At left-back, I’ve got Nurnberg’s Andreas Wolf. The Nurnberg captain hit the winner for his side just 5 minutes before the final whistle against Schalke, and the goal capped off an already strong display. He was tough in defense, and marshalled his back-line well despite conceding a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goal.
On the right-wing, I’ve got Mainz’s Lewis Holtby. The young star put in another scintillating performance down the wing for his side, and had a hand (or a foot) in nearly every attacking move Mainz had on the weekend. Schalke will be delighted with the youngster’s progress, but will be disappointed that they didn’t retain his services for this season. They really do look like they could use him.
In the center of midfield, I’ve got Hoffenheim’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic youngster was signed in the summer to replace the outgoing Carlos Eduardo, and has so far performed very admirably. The youngster scored a stunning free-kick from long range, but couldn’t secure three points for his side who were well beaten in the end by Mainz.
Next to Sigurdsson, I’ve got Dortmund’s Nuri Sahin. The Turkish international just keeps on ticking, and has been one of the Bundesliga’s best players so far this season. Sahin’s ability to pull the strings from midfield and score goals in volume makes him a top player, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if there were big bids made for him at the end of the season by Europe’s top clubs. He really does look like one of the rising stars of the European game. It’ll be interesting to see how he does against Germany at the national level this week.
On the left side of midfield, I’ve got Jan Rosenthal of Freiburg. The attacking midfield player took his first goal with great skill, and then got lucky with the second one after it deflected off of his head and into the back of the net following a sweet volley by Felix Bastians. A strong performance from the midfielder, whose performance thoroughly deserved the three points.
Up top, I’ve got Papiss Demba Cisse. The Freiburg man just can’t stop scoring, and he got on the scoresheet again for his side this weekend to win them all three points against Koln.
Next to him, I’ve got Mainz’s Sami Allagui, who scored a cheeky back-heel this weekend to open the scoring for his side. He, like Cisse, has been in top form and has been scoring very regularly. Allagui and Cisse look to be the two in-form strikers in the league. Who would’ve thought it, with all the talent the Bundesliga has to offer!
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