Thursday, 28 May 2015

Sound of Football Extra: The Bundesliga First XI



Following on from my contribution to the Premier League XI for the imaginary World League Cup this summer, below is my Bundesliga XI which was also included in the Sound Of Football podcast.

Goalkeeper

Manual Neuer - FC Bayern Munich

I could easily have gone for Yann Sommer at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Roman Burki at Freiburg or Bernd Leno at Bayer Leverkusen. Praise for the German number 1 is not universal, particularly after getting chipped, nutmegged and beaten at the near post by Barcelona. However, for me he is still the top choice for this competition.

Full backs

Abdul Baba Rahman - FC Augsburg

Top class full-back and one of the success stories of FCA who finished fifth this season. Strong defensively and in attack, Baba is destined to play at the top of the club game.

David Alaba - FC Bayern Munich

This is a nominal position as Alaba can play across the back or in midfield. As much as Bayern missed Robben towards the end of the Bundesliga season, they arguably missed the Austrian more.

Central defenders

Juan Bernat - FC Bayern Munich

An outstanding season for Bayern. Composed and no-nonsense, Bernat would settle into a hastily arranged squad such as this.


Naldo - VfL Wolfsburg

An experienced and rangy Bundesliga centre-back with a penchant for goals. A vital component in the Wolves fantastic season.

Central Midfielders


Christophe Kramer - Borussia Mönchengladbach

Off to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, Kramer has matured into one of the best holding midfielder's in the league.

Thiago Alcántara - FC Bayern Munich

Injured for much of the season, the Spaniard has an unerring eye for a pass and can score some spectacular goals.

Attacking Midfielders


Arjen Robben - FC Bayern Munich

Injuries not withstanding the Dutchman was sensational this last season. His crossing and inside play was the best we've seen from him all his career.

Kevin De Bruyne - VfL Wolfsburg

The Belgian has been sensational, gliding across the pitch, creating and scoring goals for the Wolves this season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Lightning fast and now quite capable of finding the back of the net, Aubameyang can get behind any defense in the world.

Striker


Robert Lewandowski - FC Bayern Munich

A ball magnate who can turn on a six pence. His technique and speed of thought makes him almost impossible to play against. Even the most telegraphed pass from deep can look like it was from Beckenbauer when played to the Pole, such is his ability to control the ball. Alex Meier may have finished top scorer but Lewandowski is the king.