VAVEL's Bundesliga Team of the Week - Matchday 2: Leipzig shock BVB, goals galore in Mainz
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VAVEL's Bundesliga Team of the Week - Matchday 2: Leipzig shock BVB, goals galore in Mainz

The second installment of VAVEL UK's weekly Bundesliga Team of the Week.

Jonathan Walsh

After two weeks without domestic action, the Bundesliga certainly didn't disappoint on the return with a memorable matchday for various reasons.

Goalkeeper and defence

GK - Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg/1) - The shaky and timid Casteels that was with Hoffenheim a few years ago has been replaced by an über-confident shot-stopper that is keeping Diego Benaglio out of the side. What he had to do was done well, much like last weekend, and secured a crucial cleansheet for his side.

CB - Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich/2) - If Martinez was imperious against Werder on Matchday 1, he put in an even more impressive performance this weekend against Schalke 04. In a heated game where very few players seemed to have time on the ball, the Spaniard made things look simple. His defending was also exemplary.

CB - Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen/1) - Even though he didn't manage to keep a cleansheet, the youngster recovered from his mistake at Gladbach and put in a fine showing against HSV. Strong in the air and on the ground, it was a near complete performance from someone who will only get better with time.

CB - Megrim Mavraj (1. FC Köln/1) - In comparison to last season, the Billy Goats' back-line has been anything but stable; yet they still haven't conceded this term. Mavraj was a hugh part of that weekend, organising an unfamiliar defensive five with consummate professionalism as well as doing his own defensive duties to a superb standard.

Midfield and attack

RM - Genki Haraguchi (Hertha BSC/1) - The Japanese winger has played in fits and starts in his time in the German capital. However, Haraguchi was certainly on form this weekend as he set up both goals in their 2-0 win over FC Ingolstadt 04. He was a menace all afternoon, and showed what he can do in a fine individual showing.

DM - Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich/1) - With Kingsley Coman and Renato Sanches, Kimmich's status in the game can often be forgot about but there is no doubt he brought a new energy to Bayern's midfield when he came on. He was lively and did everything right, his goal capped off a cameo that won the champions the game.

AM - Maximilian Philipp (SC Freiburg/1) - After terrorising the 2. Bundesliga last season, Philipp has picked up where he left off and then some. His brace helped Freiburg to a first home win of the season, but a fine all-round performance further highlighted how consistent, and underrated, the youngster is.

LM - Pablo de Blasis (1. FSV Mainz 05/1) - When De Blasis was sacrificed soon after Gaëtan Bussmann's red card for Mainz, he was going off as a match-winner. He was a constant menace on the left, and the way he headed the ball in for the first of two goals, barely jumping but getting enough power to beat Oliver Baumann, belayed the fact he was one of the smallest men on the pitch.

CF - Joel Pohjanpalo (Bayer Leverkusen/1) - Just as he was crucial to the team in matchday one, Pohjanpalo was on the scoresheet once more, well, three times more, to take his tally to four goals in two Bundesliga games for Leverkusen. Roger Schmidt's team went 1-0 down to HSV, and Pohjanpalo was introduced from the bench in to assist in scraping a result. 20 minutes later, the Finnish attacker had claimed a hattrick, winning the game 3-1 and giving his team their first three points of the season.

CF - Mark Uth (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim/1) - After coming on for Fabian Schär he didn't make an immediate impact against Mainz, but it was his two goals in as many minutes which shifted the momentum in Hoffenheim's favour as they fought back from 4-1 down to draw 4-4. His strike for his second was particularly impressive.

CF - Andrej Kramaric (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim/1) - After Hoffenheim opted to make his loan move permanent in the summer, there has been a point and a fee to prove and justify for Kramaric. His three assists, along with Uth's goals, earned the Sinsheim side a share of the spoils and showed the Croat can create just as well as he can score.