Incredible as it seems, the 2016/17 Bundesliga season is already drawing to a close, and as usual at the business end of a campaign, it is time to hand out the prizes. We want you to decide who is honoured by voting for the bundesliga.com Team of the Season.
Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
Under Pep Guardiola he seemed to be switched from one position and one formation to another, but Vidal has become one third of a fearsome midfield trio in Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 formation. The shape suits him perfectly to reprise the all-action, box-to-box role he thrived in for former club Juventus and Chile, and he has blended steel in the tackle with some important attacking contributions, scoring in wins over Hamburg, Ingolstadt and Gladbach.
Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
Pep Guardiola said he wanted “Thiago Alcantara or nothing” when he assumed the role of Bayern coach in 2013, but injuries restricted the 26-year-old to just a handful of appearances under the Catalan tactician. Ancelotti has benefitted significantly from Thiago’s improved fitness record, with the former Barcelona midfielder notching crucial goals against the likes of Mainz, Leverkusen and Leipzig, as well as starring in the UEFA Champions League. Alongside Vidal and Xabi Alonso, Thiago is one solid pillar of a midfield triumvirate that matches the very best in Europe.
Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt)
After helping Frankfurt avoid relegation in 2016, Fabian has added a refreshing touch of Latin flair, as well as much-needed experience, to Niko Kovac’s well-drilled, youthful outfit this term. Given a free role to dictate his side’s play, Fabian has responded with goals and assists that resulted in impressive wins against Leverkusen and Hamburg. He also scored a late leveller against the league leaders and won the Matchday 29 Goal of the Week Award with a screamer at Dortmund.