Not all who wander are lost.

They were all wonderkids at some point: Thiago Alcantara, heir to Xavi Hernandez; Jean-Paul Boetius, Feyenoord’s Marc Overmars; Lucas Alario, Hernan Crespo second coming.  Their careers have not propelled to plans, but they are moving in their own ways and pace. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 Bundesliga Matchday 9 team of the week.

4-4-2 | Robin Zentner (8.35, Mainz 05 vs Cologne); Danny da Costa (7.80, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt), Lars Bender (7.76, Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen), Nico Elvedi (8.36, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt), Oscar Wendt (7.99, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt); Levin Oztunali (8.06, Mainz 05 vs Cologne), Thiago Alcantara (8.23, Bayern Munich vs Union Berlin), Abdelhamid Sabiri (8.74, SC Paderborn vs Fortuna Duesseldorf), Jean-Paul Boetius (8.35, Mainz 05 vs Cologne); Lucas Alario (8.20, Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen), Marcus Thuram (8.75, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt)

ROBIN ZENTNER

@1fsvmainz05

Player rating: 8.35
Team score: Mainz 3–1 Cologne
Individual highlights: 7 total saves

DANNY DA COSTA

@eintrachtfrankfurt

Player rating: 7.80
Team score: Gladbach 4–2 Frankfurt
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 interceptions

Daichi Kamada assist Danny Da Costa goal, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2019/2020
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LARS BENDER

@bayer04fussball

Player rating: 7.76
Team score: Leverkusen 2–2 Bremen
Individual highlights: 113 touches, 3 tackles

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, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2019/2020
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OSCAR WENDT

@borussia

Player rating: 7.99
Team score: Gladbach 4–2 Frankfurt
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 clearances

Marcus Thuram assist Oscar Wendt goal, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2019/2020
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LEVIN OZTUNALI

bild.de

Player rating: 8.06
Team score: Mainz 3–1 Cologne
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 key passes

THIAGO ALCANTARA

bayernstrikes.com

Player rating: 8.23
Team score: Bayern 2–1 Union Berlin
Individual highlights: 81 accurate passes, 6 dribbles

"

To make a successful play you need to have the idea thought out before your first touch.

You are allowed minus one second, that is, no time at all. Orientation is key: Know where you are, know where your teammates are, know where your opponents are."

– Thiago Alcantara on playing in midfield

ABDELHAMID SABIRI

@Bundesliga_EN

Player rating: 8.74
Team score: Paderborn 2–0 Duesseldorf
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 6 aerials won

JEAN-PAUL BOETIUS

@Bundesliga_EN

Player rating: 8.35
Team score: Mainz 3–1 Cologne
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

Louis van Gaal is brutally honest yet shows genuine interest in getting to know you—not just as a footballer but also as a person.

I think it shows his class as a manager; you only need to look at what he'd achieved in his career."

– Jean-Paul Boetius on good man-management

LUCAS ALARIO

@Bundesliga_EN

Player rating: 8.20
Team score: Leverkusen 2–2 Bremen
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 aerials won

"

It’s very personal—one of the most personal emotions you can feel.

There could be different factors: The game, the moment, the importance of the goal... but no matter the magnitude it's always a feeling of happiness."

– Lucas Alario on scoring goals

MARCUS THURAM

@thuram_17

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

Breel Embolo assist Marcus Thuram goal, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2019/2020
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Marcus Thuram assist Oscar Wendt goal, Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga 2019/2020
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