There were some mature performances on Matchday 8, but there's a youthful nature to our Team of the Week.
Timo Horn (1. FC Köln) – The Köln goalkeeper may not have been able to prevent the Billy Goats from suffering their first defeat of the season against Hertha Berlin, but he did make multiple crucial saves to keep his side in the tie. Five impressive stops from the 23-year-old looked like maintaining Köln’s unbeaten start, but even Horn was powerless to deny Hertha the win.
Maximilian Philipp (SC Freiburg) – Philipp continues to impress for Freiburg as he scored his fourth goal of the season in the 2-1 victory over FC Augsburg. The 22-year-old put his side ahead just after the hour mark and then provided the assist for Nils Petersen’s goal to give the home side breathing space. He is the first Freiburg player since Papiss Cisse in 2011 to have at least four goals after eight matches in the Bundesliga.
Sandro Wagner (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) – Another player who retains his place in the Team of the Week is Hoffenheim’s Sandro Wagner. He provided a goal and an assist as TSG made it four consecutive league wins as they beat ten-man Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-0 away from home. The old statesman of this team at 28, the German has now scored in each of his last three Bundesliga matches.
Dario Lezcano (FC Ingolstadt) – Paraguay international Lezcano takes his place in the Team of the Week after his two goals in Ingolstadt’s impressive 3-3 draw with Dortmund helped move his side off the bottom of the table. Goals either side of half time gave the 26-year-old his first-ever Bundesliga brace and only the second in Ingolstadt’s top-flight history.
Watch: Dario Lezcano on Ingolstadt's important point against BVB: