German Bundesliga Team of the Week

Bayern Munich were the biggest winners of the weekend as they romped to a 5-0 win over Hannover.

Dante celebrates with his team-mates after scoring
Noah Tan

By Noah Tan

Borussia Dortmund barely managed to keep pace with Bayern as Die Borussen manager Jurgen Klopp masterminded a 2-1 win over his former club Mainz, while Schalke's bid to catch up with Bayern took a stumble as Eintracht Frankfurt held them to a 1-1 draw.

Elsewhere, Wolfsburg continued their recent revival with a credible 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen, Fortuna Dusseldorf picked up their first home win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Hamburg and Freiburg won the Baden-Wurttemberg derby with a convincing 3-0 victory over Stuttgart.

Meanwhile, Hoffenheim manager Markus Babbel's troubles continued as his side slumped to a 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.

Here, ESPNSTAR.com selects the best players from the Bundesliga this week. The formation chosen is 4-4-2.

GK: Fabian Giefer (Fortuna Dusseldorf)

Fortuna finally picked up their first home win of this season, against Hamburg, and their victory would not have been possible without Giefer in between the sticks for the Fortunen.

Every team needs a reliable goalkeeper within their ranks if they are to succeed and it is no surprise Fortuna have managed to keep clear of the relegation zone thus far with Giefer in goal. The 22-year-old was commanding in his penalty box and showed great bravery to save efforts from Marcus Berge and Heiko Westermann as Fortuna hung on for a crucial win.

CB: Dante (Bayern Munich)

The Bayern centre-back has had his fair share of critics ever since he joined Die Roten during the summer but he has professionally carried on with his game and is increasingly looking like one of the buys of the season.

The 29-year-old was once again fantastic at the back for Bayern, cutting out numerous dangerous Hannover attacks and made more than a few crucial interceptions for his side. The Brazil defender even managed to get himself on the scoresheet when he jumped highest to head home Toni Kroos' free-kick.

CB: Pavel Krmas (Freiburg)

Freiburg were hardly troubled by a surprisingly lacklustre Stuttgart side but then again, a large part of the reason why Stuttgart could hardly get out of their shell was down to the Breisgau-Brasilianer's excellence. Much of the credit has to go to Freiburg's centre-back Krmas who was a rock for his side. 

The 32-year-old effectively nullified the Stuttgart attack with his no-nonsense tackling and physicality. Krmas drove his side forward from the back and his adventurous spirit was rewarded with a goal, as he found himself at the right place at the right time to put the ball in the net after Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich failed to hold a shot cleanly.

LB: Philip Lahm (Bayern Munich)

Lahm has been a regular in the Bundesliga Team of the Week this season. It is hard to exclude the Bayern captain given his consistent displays for the Bavarians. The German international was his usual energetic self on the flank as he constantly bombed forward to support the Bayern attack and managed to get himself an assist when he set Kroos up to score the side's second goal with an accurate cross.

The 29-year-old also made several important last-ditch tackles to deny Hannover any chance from getting a shot on goal and he will be pleased that he managed to lead his defence to a clean-sheet.

RB: Daniel Ramos Carvajal (Bayer Leverkusen)

The 20-year-old defender enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a mature display on the right flank for Leverkusen in their win over struggling Hoffenheim. The impressive Carvajal was dominant in the air, tough in the tackle and distributed the ball well from the back as Hoffenheim just could not find a way past the Spain Under-21 player.

Carvajal then capped off his excellent display with a finely taken goal; the former Real Madrid youth player exchanged passes with Andre Schurrle, calmly skipped past Hoffenheim custodian Koen Casteels, before slotting the ball into an empty net.

CM: Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich)

The most expensive footballer in Bundesliga's history finally got his first goal for Bayern in their win over Hannover, and what a goal it was - bringing back still fresh memories of Philip Mexes' recent overhead kick in the Champions League.

Apart from the goal, the former Athletic Bilbao player also put in an all-round excellent performance and was the engine for his side in the middle of the pitch, effectively transitioning play from defence into attack for his side in an instant.

CM: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen)

Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly interested in signing Bender during the next transfer window as he attempts to find a replacement for the ageing Paul Scholes. And based on Bender's masterful display for Leverkusen in their game against Hoffenheim, the Scot should do all he can to bring the 23-year-old over to Old Trafford as soon as possible.

The former 1860 Munich player was a livewire for his side and pulled all the strings in attack as Leverkusen dominated proceedings against Hoffenheim. It was no surprise the Bender was the man to open the scoring as he coolly slotted home following a well-worked set-piece.

AM: Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich)

So much has been made of the attacking prowess of Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller that the immense contributions made by Kroos to the team have often gone unnoticed. Kroos has consistently been the silent playmaker for Bayern and although he may not get himself many goals or assists, his excellent build up play in the attacking third often helps open up opposition defences for his speedier team-mates to exploit.

The German international was the catalyst for Bayern's thumping win over Hannover, doubling his side's advantage in the 24th minute with a wonderful acrobatic effort. The 22-year-old also set up Dante to score with an accurate cross and showed great vision to set striker Mario Gomez free to score his first goal for the season with a brilliant through pass.

AM: Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund)

Gotze showed why he is currently one of the most highly-rated young midfielders in the world as he inspired his side to a win over Mainz. The 20-year-old used his pace, trickery and excellent close control of the ball to great effect and set up Robert Lewandowski to score the winner with a fantastic through ball.

The German international was a handful for the Mainz defence and the effervescent playmaker's excellent combination play with both Marco Reus and Lewandowski throughout the game will have provided great cheer to Dortmund manager Klopp.

ST: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke)

It is believed that Schalke would not be the force they are without talismanic striker Huntelaar in the side and the Dutch international duly proved his worth once again with a vital goal for Die Königsblauen in their draw against Frankfurt.

Huntelaar was evidently the focal point of the Schalke attack right from the get-go as the outfit from Gelsenkirchen involved him in nearly every foray forward. The former Real Madrid player's movement off-the-ball had the Frankfurt defence scrambling throughout the game and he managed get into several decent goalscoring chances. Based on this display, it is no surprise that the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly interested to bring him over to England during the January transfer window.

ST: Bas Dost (Wolfsburg)

The sacking of former Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath seems to have rejuvenated Dost as the 23-year-old hitman continued his recent goalscoring run of form with a predatory strike to earn his side a share of the spoils in their game against Werder Bremen.

The former SC Heerenveen player always looked dangerous on the ball and showed great strength to hold the it up for his team in advanced positions despite the close attentions of the Bremen defenders. 



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