'Bayern of the 70s' rejoin summit.

The jury is out on whether Gladbach can last the pace, yet with Marcus “s/o Lilian” Thuram, Alassane “protege de Super Mario Balotelli” Plea, and Patrick “Marco Rose’s Marco Reus” Herrmann the Foals are galloping ahead of the chasing pack; for now. The best stories, comments, and highlights from Bundesliga 2019/20 October highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Frederik Ronnow (9.59, Frankfurt vs Leverkusen); Danny da Costa (7.95, Frankfurt vs Leverkusen), Sebastiaan Bornauw (8.74, Cologne vs Paderborn), Nico Elvedi (8.36, Gladbach vs Frankfurt), Filip Kostic (8.89, Frankfurt vs Leverkusen); Patrick Herrmann (9.06, Gladbach vs Augsburg), Vladimir Darida (8.68, Hertha vs Duesseldorf), Denis Zakaria (8.75, Gladbach vs Augsburg), Marcus Thuram (8.75, Gladbach vs Frankfurt); Serge Gnabry (9.68, Augsburg vs Bayern), Alassane Plea (8.78, Gladbach vs Augsburg)

FREDERIK RONNOW

@eintrachtfrankfurt

Player rating: 9.59
Team score: Frankfurt 3–0 Leverkusen
Individual highlights: 10 total saves

DANNY DA COSTA

@danny.da.costa

Player rating: 7.95
Team score: Frankfurt 3–0 Leverkusen
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 3 dribbles

SEBASTIAAN BORNAUW

@sebbornauw

Player rating: 8.74
Team score: Cologne 3–0 Paderborn
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 interceptions

NICO ELVEDI

@nicoelvedi30

Player rating: 8.36
Team score: Gladbach 4–2 Frankfurt
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 92% pass success

Laszlo Benes assist Nico Elvedi goal, Gladbach vs Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2019/20
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FILIP KOSTIC

@eintrachtfrankfurt

Player rating: 8.89
Team score: Frankfurt 3–0 Leverkusen
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 7 dribbles

PATRICK HERRMANN

@borussia

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

"

Our football last year tended to be reactionary. Now under Marco Rose we are always looking to go forward, playing vertical balls quickly to fashion attacking chances.

It's more attractive for the fans and you could tell from the change in mood."

– Patrick Herrmann on a 'new Borussia feeling' at Gladbach

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: 8.75
Team score: Gladbach 4–2 Frankfurt
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

My dad keeps my feet on the ground. He shields me from the bling-blings and makes me a better player and person.

Like him I'm blessed with speed but unlike him I love to take opponents on and play the ball. I believe that attack is the best form of defence."

– Marcus Thuram on being the son of Lilian Thuram

Breel Embolo assist Marcus Thuram goal, Gladbach vs Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2019/20
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Marcus Thuram assist Oscar Wendt goal, Gladbach vs Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2019/20
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SERGE GNABRY

@berni_fcb

Player rating: 9.68
Team score: Augsburg 2–2 Bayern
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

ALASSANE PLEA

@alassane_plea

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

"

Mario Balotelli taught me so much on how to play the striker role.

I was a young forward who had to move to the flank to accommodate Mario when he joined Nice. He didn't have to but he came to talk to me; throughout our time as teammates he'd continue to advice me and work with me in front of goal. I owe a large part of my progression to him."

– Alassane Plea on learning his trade from Mario Balotelli

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