Summary

  • League-leading Leipzig provide three members of Team of the Week.
  • Chasers Bayern represented with two defenders and Thiago Alcantara.
  • Huszti and Gregoritsch inspirational for Frankfurt and Hamburg.

RB Leipzig are taking command of the Bundesliga so it is no surprise that their players are doing likewise in the Team of the Week for Matchday 12.

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Goalkeeper

  • Diego Benaglio (VfL Wolfsburg) – Wolfsburg owe a debt of gratitude to their goalkeeper for the fact they came away from FC Ingolstadt 04 with a point on Saturday. The Swiss custodian has forced his way back into the Wolves' goal after Koen Casteels had been first choice for much of the season, and he was certainly proving his point in denying the Bavarians chance after chance, including making a save from a Moritz Hartmann penalty. They say strikers win you matches, but goalkeepers can certainly earn you points.

Benaglio saved a penalty and much, much more in Wolfsburg's 1-1 draw at Ingolstadt. © gettyimages / Deniz Calagan

Defenders

  • Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04) – His first ever goal at the VELTINS-Arena and first goal of the season ensured Schalke kept up their momentum of 12 games unbeaten in all competitions, including seven in the Bundesliga with three straight wins. Kolasinac was the go-to man for all of the Royal Blues' lethal counterattacks and his goal crowned a fine performance.
  • Mats Hummels (FC Bayern München) – There is no secret about Mats Hummels' aerial ability, but marking him is still a challenge and he confirmed this for the first time in a Bayern shirt in their 2-1 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen, opening his account at just the right time for the record champions. The Germany defender was forced to perform his usual defensive duties diligently too, as Bayern struggled to a vital win.
  • Joshua Kimmich (FC Bayern München) – "He wasn't even meant to take it," said Hummels of the corner which Kimmich whipped in for the Bayern and Germany defender to head home. "He does have a good cross on him, though," admitted the goalscorer, who was the latest beneficiary of one of Kimmich's inch-perfect deliveries. Like Hummels, Kimmich also excelled at the back, keeping Kevin Kampl as quiet as possible on a challenging day for the Bavarians.

Watch: Hummels discusses his first Bayern goal and their win over Leverkusen:

Midfielders

  • Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) – One of the outstanding players of the first third of the Bundesliga season, Forsberg reinforced his glowing reputation with two assists in Leipzig's latest win. Friday night belonged to Forsberg, who left opposition defenders little chance of picking his pocket, even if they doubled up on him. While he could not score this time, he was as lethal as ever in setting up Marcel Sabitzer and Timo Werner as the Leipzig locomotive roars on.
  • Szabolcs Huszti (Eintracht Frankfurt) – The standing ovation as Szabolcs Huszti left the field toward the end of Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund spoke volumes, as did the fact the Hungarian could hardly remain on his feet as he collapsed onto the bench. Aside from his goal, Huszti never stopped running as he earned his keep and his side three points at the Commerzbank Arena with a lung-busting performance.
  • Thiago Alcantara (FC Bayern München) – It is not often that Thiago Alcantara scores with his head, but he makes it onto the Team of the Week more for his box-to-box work than a goal which, quite frankly, will be one of the easiest he scores in his career. The Spaniard took the reins to the Bayern midfield on a difficult afternoon in which his metronomic interventions were crucial.
  • Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) – Leipzig's Austrian forward appeared to be the one drawing the short straw on Friday night as team-mates Timo Werner and Naby Keita hit the target against SC Freiburg, but if ever there were a reward for persistence then Sabitzer earned it with the strike which put the cherry atop Leipzig's latest victory. It was a worthy reward for another industrious display from another name becoming ever more well known

Watch: The unstoppable rise of RB Leipzig:

Forwards

  • Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin) – A red card may have blotted his copybook, but it took little gloss off the performance of only the sixth foreign player - and 51st in all - to hit triple figures in terms of Bundesliga goals. The Bosnia & Herzegovina ace's brace was enough to take him to that milestone and earn Hertha a place in the top three thanks to a 2-1 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05.
  • Michael Gregoritsch (Hamburger SV) – Hamburger SV may still be searching for their first win of the season, but at least the goals are finally starting to arrive, in no small way thanks to Michael Gregoritsch. His brace against northern rivals SV Werder Bremen were the biggest sign yet that the Bundesliga 'dinosaur' is starting to waken.
  • Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – Germany coach Joachim Löw would be wise to keep his eye on Timo Werner as he struck two more goals in a superlative season since arriving from Stuttgart. Werner has all the attributes of a top striker – chief among them needing few chances to score – and his burst of pace and physical presence make him deadly when bearing down on goal. Once again, Werner is in our Team of the Week, and yet again as one of the first names in the star-studded starting XI.

Watch: Timo Werner reflects on Leipzig's latest win:

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