Bundesliga.com and EA Sports have officially made voting for the Team of the Season open to all footballing fanatics and lovers of the league. As a result, it’s time that we pick our Team of the Season.
Formation: 4-1-3-2 Manager: Julian Nagelsmann
Koen Casteels starts in goal, for his incredible record at the back for VFL Wolfsburg. The Belgian keeper has kept 13 clean sheets in 30 matches so far, with a save percentage of over 70%. His teammate Ridle Baku also makes the team, after his successful season transcending roles between fullback and wing. The 23-year-old German has been a major part of Wolfsburg’s success, scoring 6 goals with 4 assists.
Willi Orban fulfills the first centre-back position, amidst his incredibly successful season with Leipzig yet again. While Konaté and Upamecano have made big moves to big clubs, Orban’s quietly gone about his business as the team’s undeniable performer in defense to little credit. He partners Mats Hummels, the long-ball specialist, who has had a great season for a struggling Dortmund team. Winning over 4 duels in the air per game and completing over 80 passes per game makes the German stand out in a variety of categories, while he’s also scored 5 goals. Raphael Guerreiro makes up the final spot in the back-line, for his incredible attacking performances this season. The Portuguese wing-back has been a clear standout for Dortmund this season, playing well even when no one else was willing to put in a shift. He’s scored 4 goals with 8 assists this season, creating over 2 chances per game.
Joshua Kimmich is the first Bayern Munich player to earn a selection to our team, and has had the best season of his career in 2020-21. The 26-year-old has netted 3 goals with 10 assists, completing over 2.5 chances per game from his reserved position as a defensive midfielder. In attack, Jadon Sancho narrowly makes the team due to his overlying attacking numbers. While the Brit hasn’t been at his best, very few wingers have been better, and most of them play on the left. 6 goals and 9 assists is still a solid tally, while over 3 dribbles per game and nearly 3 chances created per game makes him one of the most difficult players to stop in the world. Thomas Muller is another undeniable name in the team, having assisted an outrageous 17 goals this season, plus scoring 10 himself. One of the best chance creators on the planet, the Raumdeuter also plays a crucial role to Bayern’s defensive shape and press. Speaking of high-pressing chance creators, Filip Kostic earns the nod at left-wing in our team. The Serbian edges out the likes of Angelino and Leon Bailey, due to his incredible importance to Frankfurt’s stellar season. Clearly one of the fittest players in the league, Kostic has scored 4 goals with 12 assists this season to leap Frankfurt into the top four throughout the season.
Up front, it’s an easy selection, despite heavy competition from Andre Silva and Wout Weghorst. Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland are the undeniable selections, having scored 36 and 25 goals this season respectively. With an insane ratio of 1.48 goals per 90, Lewandowski has been on another planet this season and looks set to break all kinds of Bundesliga records. Erling Haaland meanwhile, hailed as the next coming of the Polish striker, has netted a goal 1.05 times per 90 minutes.
Substitutes: Gregor Kobel, Matthias Ginter, John Brooks, Angelino, Leon Goretzka, Maximilian Arnold, Andre Silva, Wout Weghorst.
So there it is! Our Bundesliga Team of the Season! Who makes yours? Be sure to share in the comments below or on Twitter @bundesligatms.