‘Bayern of the 70s’ cannot stop scoring.

The jury is out on whether Gladbach, once upon a time a German juggernaut not unlike today’s Bayern, can last the pace; but in Marcus Thuram, Alassane Plea, and Patrick Herrmann the Foals do have one of the most dynamic attacking partnerships around. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 Bundesliga Matchday 7 team of the week. 

4-4-2 | Robin Zentner (8.32, SC Paderborn vs Mainz 05); Mohamed Drager (7.38, SC Paderborn vs Mainz 05), Salif Sane (7.66, Schalke 04 vs Cologne), Moussa Niakhate (7.58, SC Paderborn vs Mainz 05​), Daniel Brosinski (7.72, SC Paderborn vs Mainz 05); Patrick Herrmann (9.06, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs FC Augsburg), Vladimir Darida (8.68, Hertha Berlin vs Fortuna Duesseldorf), Denis Zakaria (8.75, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs FC Augsburg), Marcus Thuram (8.37, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs FC Augsburg); Sargis Adamyan (8.20, Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim), Alassane Plea (8.78, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs FC Augsburg)

ROBIN ZENTNER

@robinzentner27

Player rating: 8.32
Team score: Paderborn 1–2 Mainz
Individual highlights: 1 penalty save, 6 total saves

MOHAMED DRAGER

nw.de

Player rating: 7.38
Team score: Paderborn 1–2 Mainz
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 3 tackles

SALIF SANE

@fckoeln

Player rating: 7.66
Team score: Schalke 1–1 Cologne
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 7 aerials won

MOUSSA NIAKHATE

@1fsvmainz05

Player rating: 7.58
Team score: Paderborn 1–2 Mainz
Individual highlights: 3 interceptions, 8 clearances

DANIEL BROSINSKI

@danielbrosinski18

Player rating: 7.72
Team score: Paderborn 1–2 Mainz
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 key passes

PATRICK HERRMANN

@borussia

Player rating: 9.06
Team score: Gladbach 5–1 Augsburg
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 1 assist

"

Last year we played more of a reactionary football. Now we look to go forward more, playing vertical balls quickly in order to create more chances.​

This is more my game and I think it's also more attractive for the fans."

– Patrick Herrmann on Gladbach's style change under Marco Rose

VLADIMIR DARIDA

@v_dary

Player rating: 8.68
Team score: Hertha 3–1 Duesseldorf
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

DENIS ZAKARIA

@borussia

Player rating: 8.75
Team score: Gladbach 5–1 Augsburg
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 6 dribbles

MARCUS THURAM

@thuram_17

Player rating: 8.37
Team score: Gladbach 5–1 Augsburg
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 4 dribbles

"

When you play with your friends it's easier on the pitch.

That's what Alassane Plea, Breel Embolo, and I try to do. We laugh with and at each other in training and everyday life. We're really good friends."

– Marcus Thuram on his integration into the Gladbach team

SARGIS ADAMYAN

@sargis_adamyan

Player rating: 8.20
Team score: Bayern 1–2 Hoffenheim
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 3 shots

ALASSANE PLEA

@laszlobenesfans

Player rating: 8.78
Team score: Gladbach 5–1 Augsburg
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 2 assists

"

Mario Balotelli spoke to me often at Nice and I owe a large part of my progression to him.

We worked together a lot in front of goal. He always gave me advice from which I benefited a great deal."

– Alassane Plea on the lesser-known side of former teammate Mario Balotelli

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