Players gonna play (x5).

Haters gonna hate, but players gonna play. For Frankfurt’s Goncalo Paciencia and Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard, the point is to prove they are their own person out of the shadows of their illustrious father and brother. For Hazard’s club teammate Mats Hummels and Hummels’ national team colleague Serge Gnabry, it is to prove the managers who saw them as surplus to requirements wrong. The best stories, comments, and highlights from 2019/2020 Bundesliga Matchday 8 team of the week.

4-4-2 | Frederik Ronnow (9.59, Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen); Danny da Costa (7.95, Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen), Sebastian Bornauw (8.74, Cologne vs SC Paderborn), Mats Hummels (8.10, Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Moenchengladbach), Filip Kostic (8.89, Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen); Serge Gnabry (9.68, FC Augsburg vs Bayern Munich), Sebastian Rudy (8.10, Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04), Louis Schaub (8.77, Cologne vs SC Paderborn), Thorgan Hazard (8.30, Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Moenchengladbach); Goncalo Paciencia (8.20, Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bayer Leverkusen), Ihlas Bebou (8.22, Hoffenheim vs Schalke 04)

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

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

MATS HUMMELS

@bvb09

Player rating: 8.10
Team score: Dortmund 1–0 Gladbach
Individual highlights: 1 clearance off the line, 7 aerials won

"

I took a blow to the head and didn't really know what was going on when the news was first broken to me.

I would still and am now ready to don the national team jersey again if given the opportunity, but I try to think about it as little as possible and focus on my football. If it comes, it comes."

– Mats Hummels on being forced to retire from Germany by Joachim Low and the public's calling for his return

FILIP KOSTIC

@eintrachtfrankfurt

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

SERGE GNABRY

@berni_fcb

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

"

I tried my best and it didn't work out. I told myself, 'Since I have zero chance of playing all I can do is to work hard.'

You always know your worth, off the pitch or on it. I knew my capabilities. But I'd say that experience with West Brom and Tony Pulis helped my mental side progress to become the player I am today."

– Serge Gnabry on his ill-fated West Brom loan spell

SEBASTIAN RUDY

@s04_es

Player rating: 8.10
Team score: Hoffenheim 2–0 Schalke
Individual highlights: 8 tackles, 3 interceptions

LOUIS SCHAUB

@fckoeln

Player rating: 8.74
Team score: Cologne 3–0 Paderborn
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 5 dribbles

THORGAN HAZARD

@sarah_rauch_fotografie

Player rating: 8.30
Team score: Dortmund 1–0 Gladbach
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 5 key passes

"

Eden Hazard, my older brother, is one of the best players worldwide. I'm just not as talented. I'm being totally honest here.

I must work doubly hard to get to the level Eden would've gotten to much faster."

– Thorgan Hazard on comparisons with brother Eden Hazard

GONCALO PACIENCIA

@eintrachtfrankfurt

Player rating: 8.20
Team score: Frankfurt 3–0 Leverkusen
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 2 key passes

"

My father Domingos Paciencia was huge in Portugal and Porto. I'm proud of him but whenever I play a bad game people would say 'Goncalo Paciencia is not as good as his father', which used to be difficult to take for me.

I’ve come to terms with the expectations though—he's the best role model in my life, a better example than Cristiano Ronaldo even, because he's my father. I want to be like him."

– Goncalo Paciencia on his 'Paciencia junior' label

IHLAS BEBOU

@tsghoffenheim

Player rating: 8.10
Team score: Hoffenheim 2–0 Schalke
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 dribbles

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