German Bundesliga – Team of the Season

GK: Manuel Neuer – Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and is unarguably the most reputable shot stopper in the Bundesliga. He helped guide Bayern Munich to their fifth successive league title, conceding just 13 goals this season.

Overall, the 31-year-old has kept 14 clean sheets in 26 appearances and he’s conceded an average of 0.5 goals per game. He’s played a key role between the sticks in maintaining Bayern’s domestic dominance.

RB: Philipp Lahm – Bayern Munich

Philipp Lahm will be retiring from professional football at the end of the season, after spending 16 years at Bayern Munich. He joined the Bavarians in 2001, after graduating from their academy.

Despite a two-year loan spell with fellow German outfit Stuttgart, Lahm has spent his entire playing career at the Allianz Arena. He’s set to end his career on a high and is enjoying another fantastic season in the Bundesliga.

Unfortunately, Champions League success passed him by, following their quarter-final defeat to Real Madrid in April. FCB was also knocked out of the DFB-Pokal Cup by Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals.

Fortunately, Bayern Munich have been dominant in the Bundesliga this season and Lahm has clinched his eighth and final league title. He’s offered an almighty threat on the right flank, due to his combination play with Arjen Robben.

The 33-year-old has made an average of 1.3 key passes per game in the Bundesliga this season and 2.1 key passes per game in the Champions League. He’s also made 73.2 passes per game and boasts a passing percentage of 89.6% this term.

CB: Mats Hummels – Bayern Munich

Mats Hummels made what seems a common switch in modern Germany in recent years in the summer. He left Borussia Dortmund to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer and has slotted into the Bavarians’ back line perfectly.

His defensive statistics are very impressive and he’s played a key role in preventing fellow Bundesliga teams’ attacks from finding the net. He’s made an average of 2.1 tackles, 2.1 interceptions and 2.5 clearances per game. Just to top those statistics off, he’s also won an average of 3.4 aerial battles per game.

At 28-years-old, he’s set to enjoy at least three more successful years at the Allianz Arena. Bayern have bagged a bargain in the transfer market, by sealing the deal on a free transfer last summer.

CB: Niklas Sule – Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim were on the brink of relegation at the end of last season when Huub Stevens left the club in February 2016. Julian Nagelsmann played a heroic role in masterminding their survival plot in the late stages of the season.

Things are looking brighter for Hoffenheim at the end of the current season, with 1899 qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in their history. Niklas Sule, who is just 21-years-old has been one of the most impressive figures from Nagelsmann’s golden generation.

Unfortunately, the young German defender will be swapping Hoffenheim for Munich next season. His statistics are equally as impressive as Mats Hummels, although he’s won less aerial battles.

Javi Martinez adds a creative edge to Munich’s defence but Sule and Hummels could form a solid partnership at the Allianz Arena next season. He makes 3.3 long passes per game and has a passing percentage of 89.3%.

LB: Sead Kolasinac – FC Schalke 04

Bosnian international Sead Kolasinac could be moving to the Premier League at the end of the season. Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign the 23-year-old, who has lit up the Bundesliga this season.

He also boasts versatility and has the ability to play at centre-back, left-back and left-midfield. Kolasinac has scored on three occasions and has created five goals in the Bundesliga this campaign.

Kolasinac has a very good balance, in terms of defending and attacking, which is a rarity in the modern game. He does foul very often, 1.8 per game to be precise, but he’s also made 3.2 interceptions and 2.8 tackles per game.

RM: Arjen Robben – Bayern Munich

When will Arjen Robben ever fade in the Bayern Munich frontline? Year after year, he’s continued to perform and play a pivotal role in helping the Bavarians to domestic and European success.

His longest spell at a club before Bayern Munich was during his time in the Premier League with Chelsea. However, he’s set to enter his ninth season at the Allianz Arena in the 2017/18 season, which is three times the amount of time he spent at Stamford Bridge.

Overall, the Dutch international has scored 89 goals in 167 Bundesliga appearances since joining in 2009. This season, his record remains impressive, in fact he’s improved upon what was regarded as a poor season last term.

He’s scored 12 goals in 25 appearances, which is three times the amount of goals he accumulated last season. At 33-years-old, Robben is still completing 2.5 dribbles, 2.9 shots and 1.8 key passes per game in the Bundesliga.

CM: Naby Keita – RB Leipzig

Guinean midfielder Naby Keita has such a great range to his game, that it makes him a nightmare to play against. He’s notched up eight goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga this season and has been essential in RB Leipzig’s rise to second-place.

Although he tends to lose out in aerial duels, his defensive and attacking attributions complement each other perfectly. He plays in a similar manor to that of former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Viera. This is because he wins the ball in midfield and is very good at driving it forward to create opportunities for himself or his teammates.

He’s made 2.4 tackles, 2.6 interceptions but has also averaged 2.2 fouls per game in the Bundesliga this season. He also has made 2.7 dribbles and 1.3 key passes per game, which is evidence of his effect in the final third.

CM: Arturo Vidal – Bayern Munich

Arturo Vidal is another midfielder with great range to his game and can perfectly balance defence and attack. This is why he’s been played as a defensive and attacking midfielder in different games.

The Chilean has averaged 2.7 tackles and 1.8 interceptions in the Bundesliga this season. His passing range is another impressive aspect of his game, as he’s made an average of 70 passes per game and a passing completion percentage of 88%.

LM: Emil Forsberg – RB Leipzig

Emil Forsberg is the most creative player in the Bundesliga with an astounding 18 assists this term. He’s also contributed 8 goals himself, meaning he’s been involved in 26 goals overall in the league.

His statistics are incredibly good and he averages 3.1 key passes, 1.7 shots and 2.2 dribbles per game. RB Leipzig have been this season’s surprise package and Forsberg and Werner have been key to their success.

ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund

Aubameyang replaced golden boot rival Robert Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of the 2014/15 season. He’s netted 87 Bundesliga goals in his four seasons at the club, with this season’s tally of 29 goals currently his highest at the Signal Iduna Park.

He’s made 31 appearances and netted 29 goals this season, with Lewandowski and Aubameyang dragging their race for top goal scorer until the final day. He’s averaged 3.6 shots per game and converted just under a goal per game this season.

ST: Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich

Lewandowski is currently in the lead in the race for this season’s golden boot in the Bundesliga. He netted twice in Bayern’s 5-4 victory away to second-place RB Leipzig to take his tally to 30 goals.

The Polish striker has averaged 4.2 shots and 1 dribble per game, which is more than Aubameyang. For me, Lewandowski probably merits the Player of the Year award, although Forsberg could also be in contention due to his creativity.

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