Summary

  • Chicharito leads the line after his double.
  • Three Hamburg players make the cut.
  • Bentaleb and Burgstaller the Schalke representatives.

Hamburger SV lead the charge in the Matchday 20 Team of the Week, contributing no less than three players.

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Goalkeeper

Bernd Leno (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

Having made his 250th appearance in a Leverkusen shirt this weekend, Leno also secured a place in the team of the week following his clean sheet against Eintracht Frankfurt. The 24-year-old made two impressive saves to hold off Mijat Gacinovic and Branimir Hrgota and maintain a fourth clean sheet of the season.

Bernd Leno's acrobatics kept Frankfurt at bay.

Defenders

Mergim Mavraj (Hamburger SV)

Following their 3-0 victory against RB Leipzig, Hamburger SV are now on a two-match winning streak. But, not only are they scoring goals, they are also keeping them out. Having only made four appearances for Hamburg since signing from 1. FC Köln during the winter break, Mavraj has already helped his side keep three clean sheets in all competitions.

Kyriakos Papadopolous (Hamburger SV)

For the second week in a row, Papadopolous finds himself in the Team of the Week for his goal-scoring heroics. The Greek's bullet header opened the scoring against his former club RB Leipzig, and he defended manfully to preserve the result.

Tony Jantschke (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Borussia Mönchengladbach are the form team in 2017 along with FC Bayern München and one reason for that is their rock-solid defence under new boss Dieter Hecking. Another impressive display from right-back Jantschke in the 1-0 win at SV Werder Bremen helped them keep a fourth clean sheet in five matches on Hecking's watch.

Papadopoulos scored in a Hamburg win for the second week in a row.
Papadopoulos scored in a Hamburg win for the second week in a row.

Midfielders

Vincenzo Grifo (SC Freiburg)

Freiburg’s most productive attacker this season was at it again in the 2-1 win over 1. FC Köln as Grifo’s deflected effort put the home side in front on Sunday. His vicious free-kick with 13 minutes left was just about kept out but Maximilian Philipp slotted home the rebound for the winning goal.

Nabil Bentaleb (FC Schalke 04)

Bentaleb showed great vision to clip a perfectly-weighted pass over the top for Guido Burgstaller to put Schalke in front against Hertha Berlin. He also played a part in the home side’s second goal so the 22-year-old Algerian international now has four goals and four assists this season.

Arturo Vidal (FC Bayern München)

Vidal won more challenges than any other Bayern player in their hard-fought win at Ingolstadt and he also popped up with the crucial opening goal. The Chilean was alert enough to creep into the box unnoticed in the 90th minute and then calm enough to take his chance.

Nicolai Müller (Hamburger SV)

Hamburg picked up their third win in a row in all competitions in no small part thanks to Müller. The 29-year-old’s fast, dipping deliveries from corner kicks set up the first two goals against Leipzig and he got a third assist by unselfishly teeing up Aaron Hunt’s 50th Bundesliga goal.

Watch: Bentaleb said the recent draw with Bayern gave his team confidence:

Forwards

Jhon Cordoba (1. FSV Mainz 05)

Cordoba played a major role in both of his team’s goals against FC Augsburg. First the Colombian headed into the path of Levin Öztunali at the end of a lightning-quick break. Then in the second half he raced in on goal only to be taken down by Augsburg keeper Marwin Hitz. Jairo Samperio scored the penalty but Cordoba takes many of the plaudits.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)

The Mexican sharpshooter struck early on to give Leverkusen the lead in the face of a normally-miserly Eintracht Frankfurt defence. His second volleyed finish in the second half was even better and he now has three goals in two games after snapping an 11-game drought.

Guido Burgstaller (FC Schalke 04)

Burgstaller’s goalscoring exploits with 1. FC Nürnberg were impressive but having never played in the top flight before it was hard to tell how he would get on in the Bundesliga. So far so good is the answer as he lashed home the opening goal in Schalke’s win over Hertha – his second in four matches for his new team.

Watch: Chicharito said the win over Frankfurt was a team effort:

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