Matchday 34, the final day of the season, was full of excitement and intrigue as always, seeing Robert Lewandowski break the single-season goal-scoring record, FC Köln escape relegation at the death, and Werder Bremen flounder into the 2. Bundesliga. Here is Rhys Desmond‘s Team of the Week for Matchday 34!
Formation: 3-4-1-2 Manager: Friedhelm Funkel
Starting in goal is Union Berlin’s Andreas Luthe, who helped his side claim a place in next season’s Europa Conference League, with seven saves against second-place Leipzig. He’s joined by teammate Christopher Trimmel at right-back, who assisted Union Berlin’s first goal, leveling the score-line against die Roten Bullen. The undeniable name in the back-line this week is Sebastiaan Bornauw, who scored the game winning goal and made 4 interceptions in the match as Köln clawed their way to safety. Monchengladbach’s Ramy Bensebaini completes the trio, as the Algerian not only scored but was a steady head for Marco Rose’s team in helping them play out from the back and utterly dominate Werder Bremen.
Two Bayern Munich players make our midfield four, including the outstanding Joshua Kimmich and the silky smooth dribbler Kingsley Coman. Kimmich dominated the midfield as per usual with a goal and 106 touches. Coman however was perhaps an even greater star for the Bavarians against Augsburg, scoring one, assisting another and even hitting the bar. Frankfurt wing-wizard Filip Kostic and of the heroes of day in FC Köln’s massive win over Schalke, Jonas Hector, complete the midfield four. Kostic was, as usual, a complete and utter nuisance, bagging a brace of assists in Frankfurt’s 3-1 over Freiburg. Jonas Hector meanwhile completely took control of the second half against Schalke to help lead Köln to victory, getting the assist before the assist on Bornauw’s goal.
There were so many options up front, with Robin Quaison leading Mainz to a surprise victory over fourth-place Wolfsburg, Marcus Thuram completely terrorizing the Werder Bremen defense and then the three that we’ve gone for, who looked practically unstoppable on the final day. First up is Lars Stindl playing in behind our illustrious front two, after he contributed a goal and two assists to a fantastic 4-2 victory over Bremen. The front two on this particular day meanwhile happen to be the best two players in the league at the moment. Erling Haaland could not be tamed against Bayer Leverkusen and bagged a brace in their 3-1 win, while Robert Lewandowski smashed Gerd Muller’s insane goal record right at the death.
Manager: Friedhelm Funkel
Dominant in possession and never in doubt, Friedhelm Funkel made smart tactical tweaks and intelligent substitutions at crucial moments to secure his team safety.
Substitutes: Ralf Fahrmann (SCH), Lukasz Piszczek (BVB), Andrej Kramaric (HOF), Ritsu Doan (BIEL), Marcus Thuram (MON)