The Bundesliga 2020/21 season is over, and it didn’t disappoint with plenty of drama across the 34 Matchdays. Again the league proved it is the best for young and undiscovered talent, with new stars emerging at both ends of the table.
I have gone with a 3-4-3 formation for my 2020/21 Bundesliga Team of the Season.
GK – STEFAN ORTEGA (ARMINIA BIELEFELD)
Stefan Ortega has taken to the Bundesliga like a duck to water. He has been the league’s best goalkeeper averaging 3.5 saves a game and making some unbelievable stops. He has helped his side achieve 11 cleans sheets, is top of the shots saved charts with 134, and one of the main reasons they stayed up.
Rumors are circulating that Joachim Löw has him on standby for the German national team in case Manuel Neuer, Bernd Leno, or Kevin Trapp picks up an injury.
CB – MAXENCE LACROIX (VFL WOLFSBURG)
Maxence Lacroix has been one of the season’s breakout stars after forming a formidable defensive partnership alongside USMNT’s John Anthony Brooks. The 21-year-old Frenchman has picked up 12 clean sheets in 30 appearances and was unlucky not to be in the running for Rookie of the Season.
Ideally, VfL Wolfsburg would like to keep hold of him for at least one more season, but he will likely move on with Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea big admirers. The young center back would command a €30 million fee, a sizeable profit on the €5 million they paid FC Sochaux for him last summer.
CB – DAYOT UPAMECANO (RB LEIPZIG)
Dayot Upamecano has been immense this season, helping RB Leipzig achieve the league’s best defensive record by conceding the least amount of goals (32) and earning the most clean sheets (15). He’s the league’s 7th best for pass completion with 90.89%, 12th best player in the air winning 97 aerial duels, and the 12th fastest player after clocking a speed of 35.43 km/h.
He’s an aggressive defender who is blessed with phenomenal pace & top-quality passing ability. Next season he will be playing for Bayern Munich after they activated his $51 million release clause back in February. I’m a little shocked that Didier Deschamps selected Clément Lenglet and Kurt Zouma ahead of him for France’s Euro 2021 squad.
CB – MATS HUMMELS (BORUSSIA DORTMUND)
Mats Hummels has been in fine form and an ever-present this season, making 33 appearances. The veteran center back has been a force in the air, winning the 2nd most aerial duals with 168 and dominant on the ground, winning the 5th most duals with 386.
The 32-year-old has contributed 5 goals, and Germany coach Joachim Löw has taken notice, bringing him back into the fold for Euro 2021.
LWB –FILIP KOSTIĆ (EINTRACHT FRANKFURT)
Filip Kostić has been the league’s outstanding left-sided player providing the most crosses from open play with 213. To put in perspective how busy he has been, second-placed Borna Sosa managed 128 crosses. He finished 2nd in the assists charts with 14, which is pretty impressive considering he only had 1 after 15 games.
The Serbian international also got on the scoresheet four times this season with this long-range bullet, the pick of the bunch.
RWB – SILAS WAMANGITUKA (VFB STUTTGART)
Silas Wamangituka has been one of the break-out stars. He racked up 11 goals and 4 assists in 25 games before his season was cut short horribly in March. The 21-year-old tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a 4-0 defeat to Bayern. Despite that, he was crowned Rookie of the Season after picking up the monthly award in November, December, and February.
Pace is his biggest asset & is this season’s 13th fastest player clocking a speed of 35.42 km/h. The 21-year-old is also a hard worker with 741 sprints, the 16th highest in the league despite missing 9 games.
CM – MAX KRUSE (FC UNION BERLIN)
Max Kruse transformed FC Union Berlin’s attacking style with his creativity helping turn them from relegation favorites to top half finishers. He missed the chance to create Bundesliga history in Matchday 8 when Timo Horn became the first goalkeeper to save one of his penalties. If he converted, it would have been his 17th successive goal from the spot the most ever in the league.
The veteran managed to score 11 and laid on 5 assists for his teammates despite injury restricting him to 22 appearances. He makes it into my Team of the Season for his last-day heroics. Kruse scored the 90th-minute winner that secured Union 7th spot and qualified them for the Europe Conference League.
The An der alten Forsterei will be special next season with European football.
CM – THOMAS MÜLLER (BAYERN MUNICH)
This is the second season in a row The Raumdeuter has topped the assists charts creating 18 goals for his teammates and scoring 11. He has contributed in other areas of the pitch, ranking 12th for distance covered with 339.1 km, 8th most Duels won with 368, and 10th most crosses from open play with 80.
He has been in brilliant form and a joy to watch since Hansi Flick took over in November 2019. Thomas Müller fully deserves his recall to the German national side for this summer’s Euro 2021 tournament.
CF – ERLING HAALAND (BORUSSIA DORTMUND)
Erling Haaland finished the season third in the scoring charts with 27 goals in 28 appearances. Transfer rumors have been rife these past few months, and despite the DFB-Pokal win and Top 4 finish, I don’t see them going away.
I’m very confident we will see him in the Bundesliga for one more season. It makes no sense for a club to spend €150 million on him when his €75 million release clause activates in 2022. The feeling is Haaland wants to play in all of Europe’s biggest leagues. It will be difficult to move on from a club that paid €150 million for you because, at a minimum, they will want to recuperate their investment.
Haaland will be turning out in Dortmund yellow next season and will be the only player capable of challenging Robert Lewandowski for the Torjägerkanone (top goalscorer award).
CF – ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI (BAYERN MUNICH)
Lewandowski achieved football immortality after breaking Gerd Müller’s record of 40 goals in a single season. He did it in 29 matches, meaning he’s averaged 1.41 goals per game. It’s no surprise he’s top of the shooting charts with 137 attempts giving him a conversion rate of 29.93%. Five of those attempts struck the woodwork.
The best Number 9 of our generation will be remembered throughout time for this 41 goal season, and he fully deserves the Ballon d’Or after being robbed of it last year.
CF – ANDRÉ SILVA (EINTRACHT FRANKFURT)
It’s safe to say this has been the best season of André Silva’s career. 28 goals in 32 appearances is an incredible record, and he finished second in the shooting charts with 114 attempts, giving him a conversion rate of 24.56%.
I’m confident he will move on this summer after Eintracht Frankfurt missed out on Champions League qualification. Many suitors will be fighting for his signature after he outscored Haaland and Fernando Santos included him in Portugal’s Euro 2021 squad.
GK: Péter Gulácsi (RB Leipzig)
He has played 33 games this season, conceding the least amount of goals (30) and collecting the most clean sheets (15). Speculation over his future was put to bed recently when he signed a new deal keeping him at Leipzig until 2025.
RB: Ridle Baku (VfL Wolfsburg)
He has been brilliant down Wolfsburg’s right and is unfortunate to miss out with Wamangituka just pipping him. The young German joined from Mainz 05 on the last day of the summer transfer window for $11 million and has contributed 6 goals and 6 assists. He’s arguably the hardest worker in the league, completing the most sprints with 1045 and the most intensive runs with 2741.
MF: Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen)
Leverkusen’s latest Wunderkid has excelled this season, contributing 5 assists and scoring 5 goals. Fans will be relieved he signed a long-term deal on his 18th birthday, keeping him at the club until 2026.
MF: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
He is one of my favorite players and has been the driving force in Bayern’s midfield this season. Injury restricted him to 27 appearances, but he still managed to score 4 and get 10 assists, including 3 in one game against Schalke on Matchday 18.
LW: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)
He rediscovered his form in 2021, providing 8 assists and finding the back of the net 8 times. His best performance came in the DFB-Pokal final, where he scored a brace and assisted Haaland in their 4-1 win over Leipzig.
MANAGER – BO SVENSSON (MAINZ 05)
When Bo Svensson took over, it was looking pretty hopeless. Mainz 05 were sitting at the bottom of the table on 6 points and 7 from safety. He transformed them into one of the league’s most in-form sides, picking up 33 points from 20 games, taking them to 12th.
A truly remarkable turnaround that included wins over Bayern, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg, and Leipzig. Svensson deserves all the plaudits coming his way.
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