Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart are the big hitters in the Bundesliga Matchday 25 Team of the Week, but not a single player from the current top three - Bayern Munich, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund - makes the cut.


Florian Müller (Mainz, 18 points)

What a debut from young Müller. The 20-year-old pulled off save after save - six in total - as ten-man Mainz held on for a point in their relegation six-pointer with Hamburg. To top it off, the Bundesliga MD25 Man of the Matchday even saved a 62nd-minute penalty from Filip Kostic.

Mainz rookie goalkeeper Florian Müller single-handedly kept out Hamburg.
Mainz rookie goalkeeper Florian Müller single-handedly kept out Hamburg. © gettyimages / Stuart Franklin


Danny da Costa (Eintracht Frankfurt, 19 points)

Da Costa enjoyed his best performance in a Frankfurt shirt in the 1-0 home win over Hannover. The former Ingolstadt man scored his first Bundesliga goal in his 37th top-flight outing, while only Eintracht's Ante Rebic had more attempts on goal than the Brazilian (three) and Makoto Hasebe more touches (67).

Benjamin Hübner (Hoffenheim, 18pts)

Hübner put on a defensive clinic in Hoffenheim's 2-0 win at Augsburg. The towering centre-back won 68 per cent of his attempted challenges and set up Andrej Kramaric for the opening goal.

Benjamin Hübner (l.) did not put a foot wrong for Hoffenheim in Augsburg. © imago

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg, 15pts)

The Greek could not be faulted for effort in the goalless draw with Mainz, winning a team-high 65 per cent of his attempted challenges, setting up two goal attempts and having a couple of cracks himself. Unfortunately, he wasn't rewarded: HSV stay second bottom, seven points adrift of the relegation play-off spot.

Douglas Santos (Hamburg, 14pts)

Santos wasn't far behind big Papa in the challenge count, coming out on top in 60 per cent of his 30 tackles. Going forward everything went through the roaming Brazilian, who enjoyed a whopping 93 phases of possession.


Erik Thommy (VfB Stuttgart, 19pts)

A standing ovation from the travelling faithful was just reward for Thommy, who chimed in with all three assists as Stuttgart came from a goal down to beat Cologne. All told, he was involved in seven of Die Schwaben's nine goal attempts, firing in a match-leading four efforts of his own.

Erik Thommy (l.) was a constant thorn in the side of Cologne. © imago

Naby Keita (RB Leipzig, 15pts)

Returning to the side following injury, Keita made an immediate impact with the assist for Jean-Kevin Augustin's opener in RB Leipzig's 1-1 draw with Dortmund. The Liverpool-bound midfield general also attempted more challenges than any player on the pitch at the Red Bull Arena (34).

Naby Keita (r.) worked his socks off against Dortmund. © imago / Karina Hessland

Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen, 14pts)

Bremen's Tenacious D put in a commanding shift as the Green-Whites hit back from two down to draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Dane reduced the arrears with his sixth Bundesliga goal, rattled off the game's highest number of goal attempts (five) and committed the most challenges (30).


Lucas Alario (Bayer Leverkusen, 18pts)

There's no debating who Leverkusen's matchwinner was against Wolfsburg. Alario sunk his first penalty in the Bundesliga, before turning provider for Julian Brandt. The Argentinian also threw himself into a match-high 42 challenges. Fantasy gold.

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Mario Gomez (Stuttgart, 18pts)

The Stuttgart veteran scored twice at Cologne's RheinEnerigeStadion - his first brace since returning to the club during the winter transfer window - and attempted more challenges than any other player (29).

Kevin Volland (Leverkusen, 15pts)

He didn't score or assist, but that was not for Volland's want of trying. The Germany striker was involved in more goal attempts (eight) than the entire Wolfsburg team combined (eight), his four shots on goal being a best-mark for the game.

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