Matchday 31 in the Bundesliga was full of excitement and intrigue, as Dortmund moved within one point of the top four, Mainz stunned Bayern, and Monchengladbach ran riot over Arminia Bielefeld. Here is Rhys Desmond‘s Team of the Week for Matchday 31!
Stuttgart’s Gregor Kobel starts in goal despite conceding two goals against Leipzig. The Swiss keeper made 9 outstanding saves in the match, one of which was one of the best saves you’ll see this entire season – a fantastic double save to deny the Red Bulls a third. Stefan Lainer and Ramy Bensabaini make the team for their attacking contributions to the 5-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld, but also had an important hand in helping Rose’s team keep a clean sheet. Manuel Akanji bullied and bossed Wout Weghorst into utter ineffectiveness on Saturday, while Philipp Mwene delivered a magnificent cross for Mainz’s game winning goal against Bayern Munich.
Central midfield was the most difficult of the selections, but Denis Zakaria was excellent in transition against Bielefeld, helping to make everything tick for Gladbach in their 5-0 win. Amadou Haidara was arguably the star of the round, as his constant engine in midfield sparked Leipzig forward to ease past 10-men Stuttgart. Ondrej Duda also made quite an impact this round, popping up with two fantastic goals as Cologne surged past Augsburg in a 3-2 thriller. With so many high-scoring games the front-three was difficult to pick, however Embolo, Haaland and Pohjanpalo couldn’t be overlooked. Joel Pohjanpalo bagged all three goals in Union Berlin’s 3-1 win over Werder Bremen, Erling Haaland‘s brace against Wolfsburg sent Dortmund within one point of the top four, and Breel Embolo starred against Arminia to score twice and assist another of Gladbach’s five goals on Sunday.
Manager: Bo Svensson
Bo Svensson has to take the cake this week after his team stopped Bayern’s title celebrations from happening on their grounds, with a phenomenal 2-1 win. Not only did Mainz win, but they were the better team in the match and could have put the game to bed in the first half if it hadn’t been for some outstanding saves from Manuel Neuer.
Substitutes: Yann Sommer (BMG), Robert Gumny (AUG), Mahmoud Dahoud (BVB), Ellyes Skhiri (FCK), Leon Bailey (B04)