A new season, new coaches and, outside of FC Bayern München’s Carlo Ancelotti, I feel like my debut at the helm of my Official Fantasy Bundesliga squad was perhaps the best performance of any new man in charge.
About James: When it comes to tactics and formations, you’ll struggle to find anyone as keen or as knowledgeable as James 'The Coach' Thorogood. James is Bundesliga obsessed, with Sascha Mölders, Juan Arango and Jay-Jay Okocha making up his top 3 all-time favourite players. He is regularly spotted discussing tactics with Carlo Ancelotti over a plate of pasta, and has also been seen animatedly moving salt and pepper shakers across the table while out dining with Thomas Tuchel.
Franck Ribery(FC Bayern München, midfielder, 12.2M)
It is not that Ribery did not thrive under Pep Guardiola, it is that persistent injuries meant he could not. Last season the Frenchman only made 13 Bundesliga appearances, having a hand in just eight goals – his worst ever return since moving to Munich back in 2007.
However, against SV Werder Bremen, the 33-year-old racked up 13 Official Fantasy Bundesliga points and, on top of grabbing a goal and an assist, took three shots on goal and won nine challenges - all of which suggest he could be back to his best providing he remains injury free.