Matchday 26: Team of the Week

On a weekend when hat-tricks rained in, it should be no surprise that three is the magic number in the Matchday 26 Team of the Week.

Three Bayern Munich players, three RB Leipzig players and three hat-trick heroes all find their place in the stellar cast bundesliga.com has cherry-picked from the spectacular football festival served up as Goalmania kicked off to the sound of nets bulging everywhere.

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Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

But for the Switzerland international, Mönchengladbach's trip to Germany financial capital would have been accounted for in the 'losses' column. A first penalty save in the Bundesliga by Sommer earned the Foals a point.


Thilo Kehrer (Schalke)

The 20-year-old's breakthrough season just got even better as he all but snuffed out the threat of the Bundesliga's most potent goalscorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. After the BVB forward had given him the slip, Kehrer made up for it by cancelling out the Dortmund man's goal with his maiden Bundesliga strike.

Willi Orban (Leipzig)

The 24-year-old has — like his club — handled the step up to the Bundesliga with almost insolent ease, and he showed it again. A third goal of the season was the cherry on the top of a delicious display.

Niklas Süle (Hoffenheim)

Süle is Bayern-bound in the summer, and the centre-back's performance at Hertha will leave Hoffenheim fans with still more regrets when he eventually departs. A blistering strike to help clinch the win capped a memorable 100th Bundesliga display.

Watch: Süle on his rocket goal:


Naby Keita (Leipzig)

What more is there to say about the Guinea international? Keita continues to enhance his reputation week-on-week: this time, Darmstadt were on the receiving end of Keita's talents as he topped and tailed a 4-0 RBL win.

Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)

His performance was overshadowed by that of Robert Lewandowski, but Bayern's Spanish midfield magician again dug deep into his box of tricks and pulled out a rabbit. Two, in fact, as he teed up Lewy's opener before scoring one himself.

Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen)

Having registered a maiden senior hat-trick and an assist, there was little more the Denmark international could have done in 90 minutes as he again underpinned the Green-Whites' renaissance.

Emil Forsberg (Leipzig)

The Sweden international was literally at the heart of everything Leipzig did going forward against Darmstadt, scoring once — his fourth goal from distance — and having a hand in the other three goals his team netted. Want more? Forsberg was also involved in 17 shots, equalling the league record this season. Happy now? You should be.

Watch: Emil Forsberg on his push for more goals:


Thomas Müller (Bayern)

Goals have not come quite as easily to the Bayern star this season, but in 90 MD26 minutes, he doubled his tally for the campaign. With three goals in his last two league outings, has Müller finally found his shooting boots?

Mario Gomez (VfL Wolfsburg)

The arrival of Andries Jonker as coach has rejuvenated the former Stuttgart and Bayern front man. He took his tally to a startling 15 in nine games under his new boss, and almost single-handedly salvaged a point from the trip to Leverkusen with a hat-trick in less than seven minutes.

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern)

No stranger to quickfire bunches of goals, Lewandowski took a more leisurely pace to his hat-trick against Augsburg, pulling level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the goalscoring charts in the process.

Watch: Lewandowski's surprise at Bayern's goalscoring feats:

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