Stuttgart, Leverkusen, Dortmund and Leipzig have two players apiece in the Bundesliga Matchday 2 Team of the Week.
Stuttgart, Leverkusen, Dortmund and Leipzig have two players apiece in the Bundesliga Matchday 2 Team of the Week.

Bundesliga Team of the Week: Matchday 2

Joy for Holger Badstuber, vintage Nuri Sahin and an Jean-Kevin Augustin-inspired RB Leipzig power play - Matchday 2 served up a veritable Bundesliga feast.



Koen Casteels(Wolfsburg), 14pts

After shipping three against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 1, Koen Casteels was in no mood to be beaten in Frankfurt on Saturday. The Belgian stopper came up with some big saves as the Wolves picked up their first points of the 2017/18 campaign, courtesy of a gutsy 1-0 win.


Benjamin Pavard(Stuttgart), 12pts

Winning more tackles than any other player on the pitch (11) and only being outdone in terms of ground covered by Christian Gentner, Benjamin Pavard's no-frills defensive display against Mainz paved the way for Stuttgart's second successive 1-0 win of the season. They're already calling him 'Mr. Watertight'.

Holger Badstuber(Stuttgart), 15pts

With Badstuber for company, it's no wonder Pavard performed with such grace. The former Bayern Munich and Schalke man enjoyed a Bundesliga debut to remember for his boyhood club, throwing himself at a corner from fellow Stuttgart summer signing Dennis Aogo to bring up his first goal since December 2009. No prizes for guessing who wore the widest smile on Matchday 2...

Watch: Badstuber on his match-winning goal

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Dan-Axel Zagadou(Borussia Dortmund), 17pts

Not only is Dan-Axel Zagadou thriving at Borussia Dortmund, he is doing so out of position at left-back. The French prodigy put in another commanding performance in the 2-0 home win against Hertha Berlin, covering more ground than any of his BVB team-mates (11.41km) and winning a hefty 21 challenges. Solid as a rock.

Wendell (Bayer Leverkusen), 13pts

On to a thoroughbred left-sided defender, Wendell held his nerve to open the score from the penalty sport in Leverkusen's 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim. The Brazilian also saw more of the ball than any player on the pitch at the BayArena (78 touches). Someone tell him Xabi Alonso wants his ball magnet back...


Karim Bellarabi(Bayer Leverkusen), 13pts

Taking his place in the Bundesliga XI for the second week running, Karim Bellarabi was unplayable at times on Matchday 2. As well as scoring Bayer's second goal of the afternoon, the Germany international winger came out on top for attempted sprints (45), crosses (five) and shots (seven).

Nuri Sahin(Borussia Dortmund) 14pts

Nuri Sahin is officially back to his string-pulling best. The 28-year-old ran the show against Hertha, teeing up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the opening goal, before rifling in his first goal since February 2015 - with his unfavoured right foot at that. You'll be hard pressed to find a more complete midfielder than Sahin in his pomp. Fact.

Watch: Sahin discusses his stunning strike against Hertha

Michael Gregortisch(Augsburg), 11pts

Michael Gregoritsch certainly didn't hang about in Augsburg's dramatic 2-2 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Austrian was the creative brains behind Alfred Finnbogason's 20th-second opener, and won the joint-second highest number of challenges (11) of any player at the WWK Arena.


Jean-Kevin Augustin (RB Leipzig), 14pts

The name Jean-Kevin Augustin won't be forgotten in a hurry in Saxony. The French striker ran riot at the Red Bull Arena and, although he didn't get quite the goal his full Bundesliga debut performance deserved, the 20-year-old did come up with two second-half assists as Leipzig come from behind to thrash Freiburg 4-1.

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