Table-topping Borussia Dortmund - with Marc Bartra, Christian Pulisic and Sokratis - were the best represented side in the Bundesliga Team of the Week on Matchday 1. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Table-topping Borussia Dortmund - with Marc Bartra, Christian Pulisic and Sokratis - were the best represented side in the Bundesliga Team of the Week on Matchday 1. - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

Bundesliga Team of the Week: Matchday 1

A brace for new dad Leckie, Pulisic shines with goal and assist and Bartra's incredible strike from defence - what an opening weekend in the Bundesliga it was.



Philipp Tschauner(Hannover), 13pts

It might have been only a second Bundesliga appearance in 12 years for Philipp Tschauner, but it was well worth the wait. The 31-year-old stopper made an impressive five saves against the Mainz attack, helping the promoted side to a fine victory at the first time of asking on their return to the top flight.

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos(Borussia Dortmund), 14pts

Borussia Dortmund captain Sokratis continued where he left off last season with another fine performance. With 112 touches, the Greece centre-back enjoyed more possession than any other player. Another authoritative display that earned him a place in season's first select XI.

Marc Bartra(Borussia Dortmund), 23pts

The star player of the weekend by bringing in 23 points, Bartra's brilliant finish in Dortmund's 3-0 win in Wolfsburg was his maiden Bundesliga goal. The Spaniard's efforts also brought Borussia a clean sheet and returned Die Schwarzgelben to the top of the Bundesliga table for the first time since Matchday 5 of the 2015/16 campaign. It was a particularly emotional afternoon for Bartra, who dedicated his goal to the victims of the recent Barcelona attack - a city that was the 26-year-old's home until last year.

Watch: Bartra dedicates goal to victims of the Barcelona attack

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Jetro Willems (Eintracht Frankfurt), 12pts

Signed by Eintracht Frankfurt to replace the Schalke-bound Bastian Oczipka, Netherlands left-back Willems was a rock in the Frankfurt defence, as the Eagles began the season with a clean sheet in Freiburg. Signed from PSV Eindhoven, the 23-year-old also won more challenges than any other player on the pitch in an eye-catching start to life in the Bundesliga.

Bastian Oczipka (Schalke 04), 13pts

It was an excellent home debut for Schalke's new left wing-back, brought in as a replacement for the departed Sead Kolasinac. Oczipka wasted little time in endearing himself to the Gelsenkirchen faithful, creating four chances for the Royal Blue front-line in Saturday evening's statement 2-0 win over RB Leipzig, as well as enjoying more touches of the ball than any other Schalke player.

Karim Bellarabi(Bayer Leverkusen), 12pts

Much like his side, Karim Bellarabi put in a lively, stirring performance in Munich on Matchday 1. Although Leverkusen slipped to a 3-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena, the winger managed to send in six shots on goal, keeping Bayern Munich custodian Sven Ulreich honest throughout. The Germany international was a constant threat and - positively for Bayer fans - looks back to his best this term after his injury troubles.

Christian Pulisic(Borussia Dortmund) 14pts

Fresh from scoring Dortmund's first competitive goal of the season in the Supercup a week prior, Christian Pulisic underlined his growing reputation by scoring the first goal of the Bundesliga season for Peter Bosz's youthful side, setting Die Schwarzgelben on the way to a 3-0 triumph in Wolfsburg. Growing in stature in the continued absence of fellow widemen Marco Reus and Ousmane Dembele, the American - still only 18 - also picked up an assist when he set Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up for BVB's third.

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Mathew Leckie(Hertha Berlin), 20pts

Hertha summer signing Methew Leckie announced himself in style to the Olympiastadion faithful: the Australian speedster netted both goals as the Berliners beat promoted Stuttgart by a comfortable 2-0 scoreline. Signed from relegated Ingolstadt, Leckie's strikes marked his first Bundesliga brace and rounded off a perfect week: the 26-year-old had also just become a father.

Watch: Leckie reflects on one of the best weeks of his life

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Walace(Hamburg), 12pts

Walace underlined his increasingly influential role within the Hamburg midfield by recording a maiden Bundesliga assist, setting up Nicolai Müller to score the only goal of the 1-0 win over Augsburg on Matchday 1. The 22-year-old - a gold medallist at the 2016 Olympics - also fired in two shots and won ten challenges in a dominant display.

Caiuby (Augsburg), 12pts

Another Brazilian to impress on a samba-fuelled afternoon in the Port City. Augsburg may have lost, but Caiuby could certainly bear no blame for the defeat. The attacking all-reounder was everywhere in his side's ultimately doomed cause, winning 27 of his 44 challenges - the most of anyone at the Volksparkstadion - and firing in three efforts on goal.

Adam Szalai(Hoffenheim), 12pts

Under pressure for his place up front following the arrival of Serge Gnabry and form of Mark Uth, it was a typically imposing performance from Adam Szalai that underlined his worth to Julian Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim. The Hungarian striker attempted the most challenges (31) of anyone on the pitch in his side's 1-0 win against Werder Bremen, before setting up Andrej Kramaric's 84th-minute winner.