With three quarters of the 2019/20 season gone, the Bundesliga title race is finely poised with Bayern Munich leading Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig by a fine margin of four and five points, respectively. But all football suspended right now, it gives us a good opportunity to look at some of the players who have impressed for their respective teams so far this season.
Throughout the season, we have seen some truly special individual displays. Some of the league’s biggest names have continued to make the difference for their side. We have also seen the emergence of quite a few new names, who have starred for their respective teams.
While we wait for football to resume, we’ve selected our best Bundesliga team of the season so far.
So, who makes the team? And who misses out?
Without further ado, here’s our Best Bundesliga XI of the season so far.
Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer is one of five goalkeepers to play every minute of this Bundesliga season so far. And he’s one of the main reasons why Gladbach find themselves in the top four on the table. The 31-year-old has pulled off some excellent saves for the Foals, including his unbelievable goal-line stop against Bayern Munich in the hinrunde.
The Swiss goalkeeper has been in inspired form all season, making a league-high 97 saves for his side this campaign, and although Bayern and Leipzig have conceded fewer goals, his stand-out performances get him the nod over Manuel Neuer and Peter Gulacsi. His save rate of 75.4 percent is the highest in the division among first-choice goalkeepers.
Bench: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Right-back: Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich – The 23-year-old has played in defence, midfield and helped out in attack in his short career, and taken to each of them like a duck to water. From centre midfield to centre-back to right-back, with cameos on the right of a midfield three or even filling in as a winger, Kimmich has played virtually every position bar centre forward and goalkeeper.
Center-back: Dayot Upamecano, RB Leipzig – The highly-rated Dayot Upamecano has had an excellent season for RB Leipzig so far. The Frenchman has been ever-present and reliable in Leipzig’s back-line, proving just why so many top clubs in Europe are chasing his signature. Upamecano is also very comfortable with the ball at his feet and is capable of breaking opposition defensive lines with his passing.
Center-back: Matthias Ginter, Borussia Monchengladbach – Like the team themselves, Matthias Ginter has proven one of the surprise packages in 2019/20. He’s been one of the main reasons why ‘Gladbach have been hitting new heights this season. His reading of the game and composure on the ball has helped his side to the best defensive record in the league so far.
Left-back: Marcel Halstenberg, RB Leipzig – Already a good attacking left-back for Leipzig before Julian Nagelsmann arrived, Halstenberg has become an outstanding player under his new head coach. Since swapping attack for defence, the left-back has taken an unusual path to success, and now finds himself an ever-present for one of the Bundesliga’s top three teams. The German is comfortable in either a back four or a back three and is a huge asset at both ends of the pitch.
Bench: Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund)
Right Midfielder: Jadon Sancho, Dortmund – Jadon Sancho has one of the league’s best players this season, if not the best. The Englishman has taken the league by storm, and has produced game-changing moments in nearly every game he has played in. The 20-year-old has 14 goals and 15 assists in 23 games this season so far.
Central Midfielder: Serge Gnabry, Bayern – Gnabry has proven himself perhaps the Bundesliga’s best all-round attacker. Only Robert Lewandowski and Timo Werner have had more shots this season, but his nine assists to go with 11 goals show that he’s just as adept at setting up teammates as he is at converting himself.
Central Midfielder: Marcel Sabitzer, RB Leipzig – Another player who has taken his game to another level under Nagelsmann. If anyone makes the league leaders tick, it is Sabitzer. The Austrian has eight goals and five assists to his name this season, and plays an average of two key passes per game. If it wasn’t for Lewandowski, he may well be considered the league’s best player right now.
Left Midfielder: Amine Harit, Schalke – Crowned ‘Rookie of the Season’ in 2018, Amine Harit has grown leaps and bounds since then. Things can, at times, get a bit attritional when the Königsblauen play under David Wagner, pressing intensely and giving their all. But Harit adds the magic. The Moroccan has the joint-most goals (six) and most assists (four) at the club at the halfway stage.
Bench: Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
Forward: Robert Lewandowski, Bayern – Bundesliga’s top marksman Robert Lewandowski is enjoying yet another excellent campaign, and leads the race for the Golden Boot. The Pole scores goals for fun, and has already found the net 25 times this season. It’s no surprise considering he has 25 goals from 23 games – a record shared with the great Gerd Muller. He scored in each of the first 11 games, netting 16 times in that period.
Forward: Timo Werner, RB Leipzig – After years of promise and inconsistency, goal flurries and dry spells, Werner has found his shooting boots and has made the most of them. The German international has been in stellar form this season, and has 21 goals and seven assists to his name. The Leipzig forward has remained hot on the trail of Lewandowski.
Bench: Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach)