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Bundesliga Team of the Week- Round 4 (2019/20 season)

Here is the Bundesliga Team of the Week for MD4 of the 2019/20 season. Leipzig stayed top of the table as they held Bayern Munich to a 1:1 draw, as a result of which the Bavarian giants slipped from 2nd to 4th. There is no Bayern player in either Sportschau’s Team of the Week or Kicker’s TOTW.

Elsewhere, Dortmund’s 4:0 win over Leverkusen saw them take Bayern’s spot in the table. Paderborn slipped into the drop zone as they were beaten 5:1 at home by Schalke.

All 9 games over the weekend produced goals. There were two red cards and both came in the same game- Union Berlin vs Werder Bremen, with Neven Subotic and Nuri Sahin getting sent off towards the end of that fixture.

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“Why are we playing so badly?”- German paper not impressed with Low after win in Belfast

Germany may have moved to the top of their group after their 2:0 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast, but the nature of the win did not please the media, with the country’s top paper asking coach Joachim Low why die Mannschaft were playing so poorly. Their ratings also had more than half the team with a 4 or worse- which is “poor” in the German grading system.

The NI players were full of heart, and Germany just about managed to come through with a win- with one goal just after half time, and the other in second half stoppage time. Some would argue that a win is a win, but the nature of the triumph, coupled with the way they capitulated against the Netherlands in Hamburg, means that pressure remains on Low going into the European Championships.

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Bundesliga Team of the Week Round 3 2019-20 season

The third week of the Bundesliga started with Leipzig’s 3-1 win away at Monchengladbach and finished with Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Only two of the nine travelling teams- Leipzig and Koln, came away with victories. The biggest shock was of course in the capital city, where newly promoted Union Berlin, playing in the top flight for the first time in their history, stunned star-studded Dortmund 3-1.

It was actually a fantastic week for the three promoted teams- Union Berlin and Koln both won while Paderborn became the first team to take points off Wolfsburg (and that too at the Volkswagen Arena!)

There was only one goalless stalemate- Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim at the Bay Arena, while the highest scoring game was in Munich, where Bayern put six past Mainz after having fallen behind at the Allianz Arena. Former Arsenal defender Stephan Lichsteiner was the recipient of the only red card of the week, and his 34th minute dismissal didn’t help Augsburg’s cause as they lost a five goal thriller to Werder Bremen.

From the Sportschau and Kicker teams mentioned below, six players find a spot in both lineups, but there’s more variety in comparison to previous weeks.

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