Matchday 32 in the Bundesliga was full of excitement and intrigue, as Dortmund and Frankfurt swapped places in the top four race, Bayern sealed the league and Hertha moved away from the drop. Here is Rhys Desmond‘s Team of the Week for Matchday 32!
Formation: 3-1-4-2 Manager: Pal Dardai
Alexander Schwolow had a fantastic week, starting all three of his team’s games, conceding just one goal. Against Bielefeld, the veteran keeper kept a clean sheet and made six saves, capping off a fantastic week for both him and Hertha Berlin. Benjamin Pavard played an important role in Bayern’s 6-0 win, helping die Roten keep their clean sheet in-tact with an important last-man tackle in the second-half. Maxence Lacroix also had a solid performance at the back for VFL Wolfsburg, helping the Wolves dominate possession and rarely putting a foot wrong in defense. Raphael Guerreiro was integral to Dortmund’s 3-2 win over RB Leipzig, assisting both second-half goals and making a crucial last-man tackle to stop Leipzig from gaining traction.
Playing the lone role in central midfield, Joshua Kimmich bossed the game against Gladbach, acting at the heart of everything good for the Bavarian team both in and out of possession. Ahead of him are four attacking midfielders, starting with hat-trick hero Josip Brekalo, who scored all three goals in Wolfsburg’s 3-0 win over Union Berlin. While it might not be the same, both Vincenzo Grifo and Andrej Kramaric also bagged a hat-trick of goal contributions, with a goal and two assists each, as their teams walked to 4-1 and 4-2 victories respectively. Up front, Sasa Kalajdzic could not be left out after securing a win over VFB Stuttgart, scoring and assisting en route to the team’s 2-1 victory over Augsburg. But no one starred to a greater extent on Matchday 32 than Robert Lewandowski, as the Polish striker scored a hat-trick in his side’s 6-0 win, taking his tally to within one of Gerd Muller’s record.
Manager: Pal Dardai
Pal Dardai turned a desperate situation into a positive one this weekend, as the COVID break appears to have revitalized his team. They secured draws against Beilefeld and Mainz, smashing Freiburg in between by a score of 3-0. What a week for Pal Dardai’s men.
Substitutes: Fabian Bredlow (VFB), Marc Oliver Kempf (VFB), Nemanja Radonjic (HBSC), Thomas Muller (BAY), Marco Reus (BVB)