Control your nerves: Be like Kai Havertz the big game cool kid. Control your actions: Thiago Alcantara a midfield Renaissance man. Control your play: How Christopher Nkunku became the assist record smasher. The best stories, comments, and highlights from Bundesliga 2019/20 February & March highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Oliver Baumann (8.85, Gladbach vs Hoffenheim); Kingsley Ehizibue (8.76, Cologne vs Freiburg), Dedryck Boyata (8.42, Paderborn vs Hertha), Marcel Halstenberg (8.62, Schalke vs Leipzig), Raphael Guerreiro (9.71, Dortmund vs Frankfurt); Timothy Chandler (9.72, Frankfurt vs Augsburg), Thiago Alcantara (9.13, Mainz vs Bayern), Christopher Nkunku (9.94, Schalke vs Leipzig), Filip Kostic (10.00, Frankfurt vs Augsburg); Kai Havertz (9.18, Union Berlin vs Leverkusen), Jhon Cordoba (9.98, Hertha vs Cologne)

OLIVER BAUMANN

@tsghoffenheim

Player rating: 8.85
Team score: Gladbach 1–1 Hoffenheim
Individual highlights: 1 penalty save, 9 total saves

KINGSLEY EHIZIBUE

@fckoeln_en

Player rating: 8.76
Team score: Cologne 4–0 Freiburg
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 6 aerials won

DEDRYCK BOYATA

@dedryck.boyata

Player rating: 8.42
Team score: Paderborn 1–2 Hertha
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 8 aerials won

MARCEL HALSTENBERG

@mhalste23

Player rating: 8.62
Team score: Schalke 0–5 Leipzig
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 interceptions

RAPHAEL GUERREIRO

@raphaelguerreiro14

Player rating: 9.71
Team score: Dortmund 5–0 Frankfurt
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 interceptions

Raphael Guerreiro goal, Dortmund vs Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2019/20
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TIMOTHY CHANDLER

@herzdermannschaft

Player rating: 9.72
Team score: Frankfurt 5–0 Augsburg
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 1 clearance off the line

THIAGO ALCANTARA

@FCBayernEN

Player rating: 9.13
Team score: Mainz 1–3 Bayern
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 116 touches

"

To influence a game you have to start from the basics. You have to control your actions, making sure every one of them is performed in the best manner possible.

That's how you dominate—no shortcuts—through execution.”

—Thiago Alcantara on control and command

Alphonso Davies assist Thiago Alcantara goal, Mainz vs Bayern, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Alphonso Davies assist Thiago Alcantara goal, Mainz vs Bayern, Bundesliga 2019/20
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CHRISTOPHER NKUNKU

@OptaFranz

Player rating: 9.94
Team score: Schalke 0–5 Leipzig
Individual highlights: 4 assists, 9 key passes

"

I always had people telling me 'you played well' or 'did you see that move you made' since young but Thiago Motta, my coach at PSG U19, would shout at me whenever I take four touches for an action which required only two.

I didn't understand him at first but now I'm grateful. My end product improved so much after I learnt to simplify my play."

—Christopher Nkunku on less is more

FILIP KOSTIC

@eintracht_esp

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Frankfurt 5–0 Augsburg
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 2 assists

KAI HAVERTZ

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Player rating: 9.18
Team score: Union Berlin 2–3 Leverkusen
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 6 dribbles

"

I was 20 years old, playing a Champions League away game at Tottenham. The stadium was full, I was like, 'Wow, Wembley. This is a big game.' Then I glanced at Kai Havertz, he's so chill, so calm, and it's the same with his play after the game started. Just all so smooth and easy.

And Kai was 17. I thought to myself, 'Is this normal?'"

—Jonathan Tah on keep calm and Kai Havertz

JHON CORDOBA

@Bundesliga_EN

Player rating: 9.98
Team score: Hertha 0–5 Cologne
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 1 assist

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