Bundesliga Performances of the Week – Gameweek 1

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It was an exciting start to the 2015/2016 Bundesliga season – with no less than 28 goals scored in the nine games that took place.

The opening fixture of the season saw current champions Bayern Munich host Hamburg in what was a entertaining (albeit one-sided) match-up, with the Bavarians ending up 5-0 winners. Elsewhere, FC Koln brought home the three points in a solid 3-1 win against Stuttgart. It’ll be very interesting to see how Cologne will fair in their second campaign since returning to the Bundesliga. Their business in the transfer market so far (which I covered in a previous article that can be found here: http://bit.ly/1ExXGlN) has been extremely shrewd and positive, therefore I believe they could be dark-horses to push for a Europa League spot this time around. The likes of Borussia Monchengladbach were hammered by their Borussia rivals 4-0 in what appeared to be a stroll in the park for Der BVB.

Below is a list of five individuals whom impressed me during the first gameweek:

Douglas Costa – Bayern Munich

The flamboyant Brazillian was so impressive that he may well have kept Arjen Robben out of the side for another week at minimum. Costa grabbed himself one goal and one assist to aid Bayern to a 5-0 win; in which he was by far the most impressive player on the pitch. With the likes of Thomas Muller getting himself on the score-sheet twice and striker Robert Lewandowski providing the champions with a goal and a assist, the £21m signing had a lot to contend with. Nevertheless, the continuous skill he displayed and impressive work rate throughout the entire game was enough to convince me that he deserved man-of-the-match over the rest.

Marcel Heller – Darmstadt

Darmstadt 98’s first ever match in the Bundesliga was expected by most fans to be a miserable one for the club as they hosted Hannover. However, much to the surprise of the majority, the home team came away with a point in what was a pleasing opening day for the newcomers. Much credit for the result has to go towards 29-year-old midfielder Marcel Hemmer, who scored both the goals for Darmstadt in the 2-2 draw.  Before Saturday, the German midfielder’s goal tally for the Lillies amounted to five goals in over 70 appearances – Heller is now well on the way to doubling that total during this season alone.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang- Borussia Dortmund

The choice between Aubameyang, Schmelzer and Mkhitaryan was an extremely tough one. However, I felt that I had to go with the player whom had the biggest impact during the 4-0 win over Monchengladbach, which I believe was the Gabon international. The striker was pivotal to Dortumnd’s playing style, as they looked to hit the opposition with pace on the counter-attack – this evidently worked to Aubameyang’s strength as he contributed a goal and an assist for Der BVB. It looks like the 6ft2 centre-forward is now going to play the role as lone-striker at Signal Iduna Park, a role which I believe will suit him very well.

Joel Matip – FC Schalke

Matip was excellent at the heart of the Schalke defense in their convincing 3-0 win over Werder Bremen. Although the Green-Whites saw more of the ball during the game, they wasn’t able to find many openings as the 6ft5 centre-back played his role extremely well and along with the rest of the team, stopped the opposition dead in their tracks. His defensive contribution wasn’t the only factor, though. The Cameroonian also managed to conjure up an assist as he slid through an exquisite through ball towards Choupo-Moting for the second goal.

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