Summary

  • Eight different clubs represented in the Matchday 8 Team of the Week.
  • Bayern provide the most players with three.
  • Average age of only 23 years and six months.

There were some mature performances on Matchday 8, but there's a youthful nature to our Team of the Week.

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Goalkeeper

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.

Timo Horn made a string of top saves for Köln against Hertha.

Defenders

David Alaba (FC Bayern München) – Although officially deployed at left-back in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach, Alaba was more often found playing as a winger. The Austria international had the freedom of the left wing in the first half and sent in countless dangerous crosses, including the assist for Douglas Costa’s goal.

Javi Martinez (FC Bayern München) – The second Bayern representative in this Team of the Week, the Spain international was impressive on his return from injury. A dominant Bayern win was built on his consistently accurate passing from defence: 74 passes with all but three finding a teammate. He won 75 per cent of his challenges and even managed a shot on the Gladbach goal.

Mitchell Weiser (Hertha Berlin) – Twenty-two-year-old Weiser was key to Hertha’s 2-1 win over Köln on Matchday 8. Always a willing runner from right-back, the young German was instrumental in the capital side’s opening goal. Winning possession on the halfway line, he ran clear before cutting the ball back for Vedad Ibisevic to put the home side ahead.

Hertha's Mitchell Weiser was tireless in his side's top-of-the-table victory over Köln. © imago / Bernd König

Midfielders

Douglas Costa (FC Bayern München) – The record champions’ third representative in this side, Brazilian Costa was highly impressive on his return from a hamstring injury. After missing four Bundesliga games, the turbo-charged winger struck for the first time this season to put the home side 2-0 up. Not only his first goal of the campaign but also his first ever for Bayern with his weaker right foot, the winger then went and took a celebration selfie with the fans.

Nabil Bentaleb (FC Schalke 04) – The Algeria international features in the Bundesliga Team of the Week for the second match day running. He scored once last week, but went one better this weekend in Schalke’s 3-0 win against 1. FSV Mainz 05 to become the first Algerian ever to score a brace in the Bundesliga.

Naby Keita (RB Leipzig) – The Guinea international is now the holder of several records at Leipzig following this weekend’s impressive performance: His brace was the first ever for promoted outfit in the Bundesliga and he also scored the club’s first-ever headed goal in the top flight as Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side ran out 3-1 winners against SV Werder Bremen. The 21-year-old also had 124 touches of the ball (the most on the pitch) and had a hand in six shots during his impressive performance.

Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) – USMNT star Pulisic was Dortmund’s saviour as they salvaged a point against Ingolstadt on Saturday. Brought on at half time, the youngest member of this already youthful Team of the Week helped turn the game around for BVB with an assist for Adrian Ramos’ goal to reduce the arrears to one goal and then scored the equaliser himself in injury time.

Watch: Christian Pulisic on a dramatic afternoon for BVB:

Forwards

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:

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