Matchday 33 in the Bundesliga was full of excitement and intrigue, as Dortmund and Wolfsburg claimed top four, several clubs secured safety, and Lewandowski equaled Gerd Muller’s scoring record. Here is Rhys Desmond‘s Team of the Week for Matchday 33!
Formation: 4-2-3-1 Manager: Markus Weinzierl
Starting in goal Rafal Gikiewicz claims a place, after he helped Augsburg secure safety with a 2-0 win over Werder Bremen. The Polish keeper made 4 saves on his way to a clean sheet, and commanded his penalty area well. He’s joined in the back-line by his teammates Robert Gumny and Reece Oxford, both of whom had incredible defensive performances on Saturday. Gumny’s attacking threat down the right was a useful weapon for Augsburg, and he also made 4 clearances. Speaking of clearances, Oxford made a crucial clearance off the line, one of his nine clearances in the match, and won eight duels in the air.
While FC Köln couldn’t get a win on Saturday to climb out of the bottom three, they did secure a crucial 0-0 draw at Hertha Berlin. Instrumental to that performance was Rafael Czichos, who made five tackles and three interceptions to stop Hertha from going ahead. Raphael Guerreiro makes the team for the second week running, after his stunning left-footed strike opened the scoring for Dortmund on their way into third place.
In central midfield, Blendi Idrizi scored a stunning goal as part of Schalke’s 4-3 win over Frankfurt, while Rani Khedira was the man of the match in Augsburg’s crucial win over Bremen. Not only did the German score, but he also put up an exceptional defensive performance with three interceptions and dominated the midfield.
The attacking midfield trio involves two other men who made the team on Matchday 32, both assisting two goals this weekend. Jadon Sancho‘s stunning performance against Mainz saw the Englishman back to his assist-making best, while Bayern Munich were no match for Vincenzo Grifo, who helped claw SC Freiburg to a surprise 2-2 draw. Maximilian Philipp sits in between the wing pair, after his two goals inspired a fantastic performance against RB Leipzig, and secured the Wolves top four. Andre Silva is the lone striker in the team, after he too scored a brace, narrowly helping his team claw their way back against Schalke.
Manager: Markus Weinzierl
After sacking Heiko Herrlich, Augsburg desperately needed a response and desperately needed a win. Markus Weinzierl provided that, under a resolute defensive structure that helped his men earn an important win.
Substitutes: Alexander Schwolow (HSBC), Rafael Czichos (FCK), Marco Reus (BVB), Matthew Hoppe (SCH), Justin Kluivert (RBL)