The Bundesliga is back, baby.
While the noise and passion that German football is most commonly known for is nowhere to be seen at ‘ghost games’, the Bundesliga still had plenty on offer for fans all over the world as it became the first major league to return amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The first round of fixtures back from a two-month break certainly didn’t always provide the same excitement that German football usually brings, but plenty of players wasted no time at all by getting back into the swing of things already.
So what better way to crown the return of the Bundesliga than a new set of power rankings straight out of 90min HQ, a weekly series taking you through the best performers from the most recent round of fixtures in Germany.
10. Thorgan Hazard
Jadon Sancho was only fit enough for the bench and Gio Reyna had to pull out after picking up an injury just before kick off, but Thorgan Hazard filled in perfectly with a goal and assist in Saturday’s Revierderby.
9. Mark Uth
It was an afternoon to forget for FC Köln as they were able to throw away a seemingly comfortable two-goal lead to draw against Mainz, but Mark Uth was certainly able to walk away from the RheinEnergieStadion with his head held high.
Fans haven’t really seen the best from Uth since he left Hoffenheim in 2018, but the 28-year-old’s goal against Mainz means he’s now been involved in nine goals in just eight games during his loan spell at Köln.
8. Kevin Mbabu
Wait a minute…didn’t he used to play for Newcastle United?
Kevin Mbabu had a tough start to life under Oliver Glasner, but the Switzerland international provided the moment of inspiration which helped VfL Wolfsburg pick up three points against Augsburg.
The right back went on a stunning solo run before setting up Daniel Ginczek to score the winning goal in second half added time, keeping Wolfsburg in the hunt for qualification into next season’s Europa League.
7. Erling Haaland
Borussia Dortmund’s teenage goal machine hadn’t scored a goal since February, so it was no surprise that Erling Haaland fired in the opener across the entire Bundesliga weekend.
His goal was vital in helping to open the floodgates against bitter rivals Schalke and Haaland even picked up an assist later in the game, with Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 win proving to be their biggest in the Revierderby since 1966.
6. Kerem Demirbay
Kerem Demirbay’s teammate grabbed the headlines on Monday night, but it was the Germany international who dictated the match against Werder Bremen.
The 26-year-old also rounded off the scoring in Bayer Leverkusen’s 4-1 win with an outrageous chip which has helped to keep the club in touching distance of Champions League qualification.
5. Julian Brandt
Julian Brandt saved one of his best performances in a Borussia Dortmund shirt for Saturday’s Revierderby, where has had a hand in all four goals against Schalke.
The 26-year-old was pulling the strings all afternoon, leaving Suat Serdar and Weston McKennie utterly helpless to stop the waves of Borussia Dortmund attacks which Brandt was orchestrating.
4. Benjamin Pavard
Bayern Munich certainly looked rusty in their narrow win over Union Berlin, but Benjamin Pavard continued his fine form with the club and even scored his first goal of the calendar year.
3. Ramy Bensebaini
Left back Ramy Bensebaini wasn’t meant to become the star of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s team under Marco Rose, but the Algerian was involved in two of their three goals against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga’s Topspiel.
Bensebaini has now been directly involved in seven goals in just 12 Bundesliga appearances.
2. Kai Havertz
Fans have seen two different versions of Kai Havertz this season.
Before the winter break, Havertz had just one goal and one assist to his name in the Bundesliga, visably struggling to deal with the hype he’d built up during the 2018/19 campaign.
But the 20-year-old has been a completely different player in 2020. Against Werder Bremen, Havertz score the sixth brace of his career to take his tally for Bayer Leverkusen up to 40.
1. Raphaël Guerreiro
Raphaël Guerreiro loves a Revierderby. The Portugal international scored twice for Borussia Dortmund and he’s now scored more goals against Schalke than any other team in his entire career.
Schalke were able to deal with Dortmund’s threat down the right wing fairly well, but Guerreiro was completely unplayable against David Wagner’s side as he continues to keep Nico Schulz and Marcel Schmelzer out the first team.