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Are there any superlatives left to describe ? The Bayern No1 is the 2014 World Goalkeeper of the Year, 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or finalist and a World Cup winner who has revolutionised the position with his 'Sweeper-Keeper' philosophy. Yet Gladbach custodian is a worthy rival following an outstanding debut campaign in the Bundesliga. The 26-year-old has kept out a league-high 83 per cent of all shots fired at him, while the Foals have conceded fewer goals than every team bar Bayern. Köln stopper has been equally impressive in his maiden top-flight season, playing a major role in the promoted side's fight against the drop and making history by keeping clean sheets in his first four games.
Tenacious in the tackle, quick getting forward and with an eye for a pinpoint cross, Wolfsburg's has been nothing short of sensational this season, chipping in with a handful of assists to help fuel the Wolves' charge up the table. In , Bayern likewise have a terrier at right-back. The Brazilian's no-nonsense attitude has endeared him to fans, but he is an extremely fair player too, earning just one yellow card all term. Rounding off this trio of candidates is Augsburg captain , who has had a towering campaign, leading the small Bavarian side up to lofty heights in the table, winning a huge 61 per cent of his tackles and scoring all five of the penalties he has taken.
may stand at just 170cm, but he is a giant on the pitch: after all, it isn't easy to be a mainstay in the Bayern team in your debut Bundesliga season. The Spaniard has adapted superbly to the demands of German football, completing 90 per cent of his passes and winning 55 per cent of all challenges to shut down the Bavarians' left flank. Wolfsburg's boasts an even more impressive 61 per cent win rate in his tackles, and carries a greater threat going forward: the Swiss international has scored four goals and provided three assists so far this season. Augsburg's 20-year-old Ghanaian international has four assists to his name and has been key to his side's stellar campaign thanks to his pace and aggression.
An imposing physical presence, has had arguably his best season ever on the back of a superb World Cup. A rock in the Bayern defence, the Bundesliga leaders have only lost twice in their last 63 league games with the Berlin native out on the pitch. Meanwhile, Gladbach owe much of their success this term to a stingy defence - led by veteran centre-back . The Austrian may be softly-spoken but he is a real warrior, winning 75 of all his tackles, and 80 per cent of all aerial duels. is just as important for second-placed Wolfsburg, organising the backline, winning more tackles than any of his team-mates (66 per cent) and contributing six goals so far - more than any other defender in the league.
has been a veritable rock for promoted 1. FC Köln. The Billy Goats are on track for survival, thanks in no small part to the 22-year-old Austrian's no-nonsense displays at the heart of the back four. Two years his senior, Gladbach's has formed an uncompromising partnership alongside the evergreen Stranzl. The 24-year-old doesn't hold back in the tackle, while his average pass completion rate (87.7%) is up there with some of the Bundesliga's best holding midfielders. Last but by no means least, has once again been the foundation for Bayer 04 Leverkusen's push for UEFA Champions League football. Indeed, the 34-year-old has only missed four games in all competitions this season.
has slipped seamlessly into the Bayern side since joining last summer, orchestrating the play from the middle of the park with his metronomic passing. No player has seen more of the ball than the Spaniard this season: the 31-year-old averages 137 touches per game. Team-mate has taken his game up to another level this term, playing in a variety of positions without any dip in quality. A free-kick expert, the Austrian is also extremely fair: his last Bundesliga yellow card was in August 2011. Gladbach's has improved immeasurably in recent months and is a pillar of the Foals' side. Aggressive, determined and with an 86 per cent pass completion rate, the Swiss international has it all and has been a vital cog in Gladbach's European charge.
VfL Wolfsburg's continues to impress for club and country. The Brazilian international is always a threat from range, but it's his command of the middle of the park that sets him apart as one of the best in the job. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's is more of a goalscorer, meanwhile, the Polish international having found the net four times already this season - a personal best. There are similarities with 1. FSV Mainz 05's budding string puller , although at 21, his best years are still to come. That said, he has without a shadow of a doubt been the 05ers' most consistent performer during a trying season of transition following Thomas Tuchel's decision to step down as head coach last May.
will remember 2014/15 as his breakthrough year, making a place in the Leverkusen starting XI his own and becoming a full Germany international thanks to his speed, dribbling ability and work rate. To cap it all, he also scored the Bundesliga's fastest-ever goal. Meanwhile, has been in the form of his life for Bayern, seemingly scoring at will and providing plenty of assists too. It is telling that Pep Guardiola's side pick up fewer points and score fewer goals when he is not in the side. Another player performing better than ever is Gladbach's Patrick Herrmann. The nimble-footed winger has scored more goals this term than ever before in a single season, and has been particularly impressive since the turn of the year.
The only Dortmund player in contention for a place in this best XI, has an astonishing record despite missing numerous games through injury, scoring seven and creating five in his first 16 games of the season. Of the ten games he missed, BVB only won two. Injuries have also limited this term, but the Frenchman has been as lethal as ever when fit. It is no coincidence that Bayern have won 14 and drawn one of the league matches he's played in. Hoffenheim's , meanwhile, has become the focal point of his team, linking up play superbly and also tirelessly helping out defensively. The Germany U-21 captain is the club's joint-top scorer so far (six goals) and has laid on another five.
When it comes to finding gaps in the opposition defence, nobody has been as deadly as Wolfsburg's . 16 assists and nine goals in his first 26 games this season is a phenomenal record and his importance to the Wolves' success this term cannot be overstated. At Bayern, has his own inimitable style but is nevertheless highly effective in the final third, scoring plenty and beaten only by De Bruyne and Robben in the assists stakes. And what of ? A technically gifted player with a keen eye for a pass, his increasingly influential displays for Hoffenheim have earned him a place in the Brazil squad, no less, this season.
He may not like to hear it, but Frankfurt forward is well on course to finish as Bundesliga top scorer this season. The veteran's clever movement makes him an elusive figure for defenders, while he appears to have a laser-guided eye for goal. Wolfburg's is a few strikes behind in the goalscoring stakes but exploded into form at the start of 2015, hitting the net 11 times in six games and demonstrating the full extent of his repertoire in the box. Completing the list of contenders is last season's top scorer , who has had an impressive first season at Bayern, securing himself a starting berth under Guardiola and spearheading the Bavarians' charge towards a successful Bundesliga title defence.