Here comes the new challengers.

If <talent=”Dortmund”> and <ambition=”Leipzig”>, then <champions=”______”>? The best stories, comments, and highlights from Bundesliga 2019/20 August highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Zack Steffen (8.42, Bremen vs Duesseldorf); Benjamin Pavard (8.72, Bayern vs Mainz), Nordi Mukiele (8.42, Union Berlin vs Leipzig), Martin Hinteregger (8.33, Frankfurt vs Hoffenheim), Marcel Halstenberg (9.37, Union Berlin vs Leipzig); Marcel Sabitzer (10.00, Union Berlin vs Leipzig), Ellyes Skhiri (8.97, Freiburg vs Cologne), Nuri Sahin (8.70, Bremen vs Augsburg), Jadon Sancho (8.60, Dortmund vs Augsburg); Robert Lewandowski (9.48, Schalke vs Bayern), Timo Werner (9.80, Gladbach vs Leipzig)

ZACK STEFFEN

@f95

Player rating: 8.42
Team score: Bremen 1–3 Duesseldorf
Individual highlights: 9 total saves

BENJAMIN PAVARD

@FCBayernEN

Player rating: 8.72
Team score: Bayern 6–1 Mainz
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

Ivan Perisic assist Benjamin Pavard goal, Bayern vs Mainz, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Benjamin Pavard assist Ivan Perisic goal, Bayern vs Mainz, Bundesliga 2019/20
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NORDI MUKIELE

@nordimukiele

Player rating: 8.21
Team score: Union Berlin 0–4 Leipzig
Individual highlights: 114 touches, 5 interceptions

MARTIN HINTEREGGER

@bundesliga_en

Player rating: 8.33
Team score: Frankfurt 1–0 Hoffenheim
Individual highlights: 
1 goal, 6 tackles

MARCEL HALSTENBERG

@lepointfoot_

Player rating: 9.37
Team score: Union Berlin 0–Leipzig
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

Marcel Sabitzer assist Marcel Halstenberg goal, Union Berlin vs Leipzig, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Marcel Halstenberg assist Marcel Sabitzer goal, Union Berlin vs Leipzig, Bundesliga 2019/20
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MARCEL SABITZER

@futbol_x_minuto

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Union Berlin 0–4 Leipzig
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 assists

Marcel Sabitzer assist Marcel Halstenberg goal, Union Berlin vs Leipzig, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Marcel Halstenberg assist Marcel Sabitzer goal, Union Berlin vs Leipzig, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Marcel Sabitzer assist Timo Werner goal, Union Berlin vs Leipzig, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Marcel Sabitzer assist Christopher Nkunku goal, Union Berlin vs Leipzig, Bundesliga 2019/20
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ELLYES SKHIRI

@fckoeln

Player rating: 8.97
Team score: Freiburg 1–2 Cologne
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

NURI SAHIN

@bundesliga_en

Player rating: 8.70
Team score: Bremen 3–2 Augsburg
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 5 key passes

Nuri Sahin assist Joshua Sargent goal, Bremen vs Augsburg, Bundesliga 2019/20
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JADON SANCHO

@sanchooo10

Player rating: 8.60
Team score: Dortmund 5–1 Augsburg
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

There aren't many 19-year-olds with potential like Jadon Sancho.

At some point it'd no longer make sense for him to stay. We have to be honest and reassess the situation year by year."

– Hans-Joachim Watzke on trying to keep young talents like Jadon Sancho at Westfalenstadion

Axel Witsel assist Jadon Sancho goal, Dortmund vs Augsburg, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Jadon Sancho assist Paco Alcacer goal, Dortmund vs Augsburg, Bundesliga 2019/20
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ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

@rl9_fanpage__

Player rating: 9.48
Team score: Schalke 0–3 Bayern
Individual highlights: 3 goals, 5 shots on target

"

Dortmund did build a large squad over the transfer window. Good for them.

But to me the title is won by quality, not quantity. That's where we have the edge.”

– Robert Lewandowski on the transfer policy of former club–cum–Bundesliga rival Dortmund

Robert Lewandowski penalty goal, Schalke vs Bayern, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Robert Lewandowski free kick goal, Schalke vs Bayern, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Kingsly Coman assist Robert Lewandowski goal, Schalke vs Bayern, Bundesliga 2019/20
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TIMO WERNER

@bundesliga_en

Player rating: 9.80
Team score: Gladbach 1–3 Leipzig
Individual highlights: 3 goals, 3 dribbles

"

I wanted to be completely sure that I could take the next steps with Leipzig and now I'm certain.

Of course the contract negotiations had been going on for a really long time. I'm glad everything fell into place at last."

– Timo Werner on renewing his contract after Julian Nagelsmann's appointment with Leipzig

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