Team of the season so far
Just like Pep Guardiola's FC Bayern München, we decided that the Bundesliga vote for best players from the first half of the campaign
Goalkeeper: Germany's No1 Manuel Neuer, who collected 42 per cent of the votes ahead of Marc-Andre ter Stegen (20 per cent) and Bernd Leno (20 per cent), has been in great form so far this season. The 27-year-old has saved 83% of shots faced, conceding just eight goals in 16 games.
Right-back: Kevin Großkreutz (c.) stepped up in the absence of injured right-back Lukasz Piszczek, featuring for the full 90 minutes in all but one of Borussia Dortmund's 17 games. He has crossed the ball more times (44) than any other player at BVB and narrowly beat out Bayern's Philipp Lahm (31 per cent) with 40 per cent of the votes.
Centre-back I: Dante (r.) has been a crucial part of the record title-holders' success this season: 75% of the Brazilian's long passes have reached their intended target and only seven goals were conceded in his 15 league games so far this term. He collected 28 per cent of the bundesliga.com users' votes, only slightly more than…
Centre-back II:...German international and centre-back partner Jerome Boateng, who finished with 24 per cent. A key player for Bayern and Germany, Boateng has reached speeds of 34.3km/h when at full sprint. Dortmund's Neven Subotic came 3rd with 16 per cent.
Left-back: Yet another member of FC Bayern's bullish backline topped the poll in his position: David Alaba (l.) has played more minutes than any other Bayern outfielder. Austria's 2013 Sportsman of the Year was the clear winner, collecting an enormous 57 per cent of the votes, followed by VfL Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez (23 per cent).
Defensive midfield: Philipp Lahm secured a massive 40 per cent of the midfielder vote ahead of Nuri Sahin (27 per cent) and team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger (20 per cent). Lahm played ten games as a defensive midfielder, surprising many with his feel for the position and averaging 91 touches per game.
Right midfield: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (r.) has made an instant impact in the Bundesliga, having been involved in eleven goals, whilst opening the scoring an impressive four times, despite starting just 12 games. The Gabon international won 45 per cent of votes, slightly ahead of Thomas Müller (37 per cent).
Centre midfield I: Fellow Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan (l.) also proved to be a fan favourite, collecting 49 per cent of votes after providing five assists and scoring three goals, more than any other BVB player. Furthermore, Mkhitaryan covered an average of 12.4km per game.
Centre midfield II: Partnering Mhhkitaryan is Bayern’s young star Mario Götze (l.). He has only played 670 minutes in his eleven Bundesliga games, but has been involved in a goal every 84 minutes, making him the most efficient player in the league and earning him 27 per cent of the votes ahead of Raffael (13 per cent)
Left midfield: Dortmund’s Marco Reus (l.) was involved in 112 shots in the first half of the season, a league-leading statistic, and the German international also converted four of his seven big chances. He collected 43 per cent of the votes ahead of Timo Werner (26 per cent) and Franck Ribery (20 per cent).
Striker: Robert Lewandowski and Hertha's Adrian Ramos sit joint-top of the goal-scoring charts on eleven goals, but the Polish international (38 per cent) wins this duel with 24 per cent of the voting. Lewandowski has been involved in 16 goals, joint-best alongside Max Kruse, and registered a league-high 64 shots.