Summary

  • Four Bayern players make TOTW.
  • Frankfurt also well represented.
  • Niederlechner brace earns him a place.

FC Bayern München dominate the Matchday 16 Team of the Week following their emphatic win over title rivals RB Leipzig.

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Goalkeeper

Marwin Hitz (FC Augsburg) – Being the opposition goalkeeper at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK does only not mean you have to hold your nerve in front of the largest terrace in Europe, but you also have to stand in the firing line of one of the fiercest attacks in the Bundesliga. Marwin Hitz took it all in his stride, thwarting the Westphalians' attempts time and time again and contributing to Augsburg coming away with a valuable point.

Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz held his own in front of Dortmund's famous Yellow Wall.

Defenders

Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München) – When Bayern faced their biggest test of their title credentials in going on four years, it was their experienced captain who took the bull by its horns as Bayern downed Leipzig to assert their authority on the Bundesliga. Diligent and workmanlike as usual, his mere presence appeared to inspire the record champions.

David Abraham (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Abraham led by example in the derby victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05, keeping things tight and tidy at the back and delivering an assist for Branimir Hrgota's opening goal.

Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin) – Plattenhardt delivered an all-round performance which underlined why Hertha end 2016 in third place: strong and resolute in the challenge and clinical in attack, his goal helped the Old Lady get the better of Darmstadt and tie down third place at the winter break.

Hertha left-back Marvin Plattenhardt scored one and laid on another against Darmstadt. © imago / Jan Huebner

Midfielders

Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) – A constant thorn in Leipzig's side, at times he was even too quick for his own team-mates as intelligent delivery after delivery into dangerous areas arrived before a Bayern shirt could get there, but when his teammates were able to keep up with him, the result was devastating.

Xabi Alonso (FC Bayern München) – Another of Bayern's experienced campaigners who showed what it means to rise to the occasion in the big matches. His goal capped another fine individual display.

Nicolai Müller (Hamburger SV) – HSV's recent revival has been synonymous with the return to form of Müller. He got Hamburg on their way to victory over FC Schalke 04, before setting up their second goal for Bobby Wood.

Thiago Alcantara (FC Bayern München) – Goal, assist, tackles won: Thiago's performance had it all. He was on the ball more than any Leipzig player and, each time he was in possession, it seemed like something was about to happen.

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Forwards

Branimir Hrgota (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Two goals to fire Frankfurt into fourth and in contention for UEFA Champions League football next season, in a performance which suggests he could well be the man to fill the boots of club legend Alexander Meier when the 34-year-old calls time on his career.

Florian Niederlechner (SC Freiburg) – His first Bundesliga brace included his first converted penalty in the top flight and helped lift Freiburg to eighth in the standings.

Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV) – He may have only been on the field for half an hour, but what a cameo it was from Wood. His eye-catching goal took HSV out of Schalke's reach, giving them some unexpected joy heading into the winter break.

Watch: Bobby Wood reflects on Hamburg's win over Schalke:

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