Team of the Week: Matchday 15

“The Bundesliga often gets a reputation as a two-team league, and while it would be unfair to take away from the accolades of Bayern and Dortmund, that kin of characterization is equally unfair to the other teams. Leverkusen have played some of the most exciting and creative attacking football in Europe. Hertha seem rejuvenated under coach Pál Dárdai. Wolfsburg more or less dominated Manchester United in their two UCL matchups. Schalke 04 used to have the most exciting young core, with talents like Leroy Sane that is until Borussia Mönchengladbach burst onto the scene last year. With youngsters, like Andreas Christensen, Mahmoud Dahoud, and Nico Elvedi, they started 3 players in the center of the defense and midfield who are each 19 years old! So, the pre-match banter about not being afraid of Bayern looks to have been just confidence, as Gladbach, as a result of that youthful infusion coupled with outstanding performances from veterans, such as Granit Xhaka, Fabian Johnson, Oscar Wendt and Raffael emerged with a shocking 3-1 victory, extending their run of unbeaten games to 10, while handing the  Bavarians their first loss of the season! You can read an excellent breakdown of the game here.” Bundesliga Fanatic (Video)

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