Bundesliga

Can he do it? Yes he Can: BVB midfielder tops Bundesliga Round 30 rankings

Another win for Dortmund, but Bayern once again dominate the standings with two players featured

 
11:55am on Monday 8th June 2020
By
Martin Macdonald
Emre Can
M, DM (C) - Dortmund - 26 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.0
Jun 6, 2020
90Minutes played
1Goals
2Total shots
3Interceptions
3Final third passes
2Touches in box
8Ball recovered
95Successfull passes %

Dortmund were probably expected to put a few more goals past Hertha at the weekend, but had to settle for the one in a narrow home victory. The match winner on the day was Emre Can, who scored in gorgeous fashion with a first-time guided finish into the corner after some fantastic build-up play from Jadon Sancho and Julian Brandt.

Before and after that winning goal, though, he ran things in midfield for the home side, completing 60/63 balls to team-mates for a completion rate of 95%.

The German's defensive work was also impressive as he put a real shift in midfield with eight ball recoveries, three interceptions, and seven clearances.

Moussa Niakhaté
D (CL) - Mainz - 24 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.5
Jun 6, 2020
90Minutes played
1Goals
2Total shots
2Final third passes
2Touches in box
10Duels won
9Aerials won
8Clearances

Moussa Niakhate proved his effectiveness at both ends of the pitch as Mainz secured an impressive 2-0 away victory versus Eintracht Frankfurt.

He opened the scoring in the game with a powerful, commanding header into the back of the net from a corner kick, but it was his prowess in defence which was just as important to claiming all three points.

The Frenchman won no less than 10/12 duels and a remarkable 9/9 aerial duels with the latter seeing him top the Bundesliga standings for that particular metric this weekend.

Six ball recoveries, two interceptions, and eight clearances, too.

Leon Goretzka
AM, DM (C) - Bayern - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
74'
8.5
Jun 6, 2020
74Minutes played
1Goals
1Assists
2Total shots
5Final third passes
2Tackles won
3Ball recovered
87Successfull passes %

Bayern actually went a goal down against Leverkusen on Saturday, but managed to eventually win 4-2 after Leon Goretzka turned things around in the first half with an assist and a goal within the space of 15 minutes.

It was terrific work from him for the equaliser as he initially won the ball in an advantageous position in midfield before sliding a pass through the middle for KIngsley Coman to score.

Then, he himself made it 2-1 with a flashed left-footed strike into the bottom right corner which proved too hot to handle for opposition keeper Lukas Hradecky.

He would eventually be replaced by the returning Thiago from injury, but in the Spaniard's absence he has certainly made his claim for a regular starting position in central midfield.

Kevin Stöger
AM, M (C) - Düsseldorf - 26 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.0
Jun 6, 2020
90Minutes played
1Assists
4Total shots
9Crosses
47Final third passes
6Ball recovered
89Successfull passes %
112Touches

Fortuna Dusseldorf bounced back slightly from their destruction by Bayern last week with a 2-2 home draw against Hoffenheim.

Kevin Stoger was the best player on the pitch and helped the home side score the opener with a delightful lofted cross to the back post for Rouwen Hennings to nod into the corner.

He was a magnificent creative force for Dusseldorf, completing 72/81 passes, 47 of which were sent into the final third which was more than any other Bundesliga player in this round of fixtures.

The cross for Hennings was one of nine successful deliveries he made into the area, while he also had 112 touches of the ball which was the third-most of any player in Matchday 30.

Thomas Müller
AM (CR) - Bayern - 30 yrs
90'
7.9
Jun 6, 2020
90Minutes played
2Assists
5Crosses
15Final third passes
6Touches in box
5Duels won
9Ball recovered
64Touches

The current assist king of the Bundesliga, and of European of football, Thomas Muller added another two to his tally at the weekend in Bayern's win away at Leverkusen.

His first came for the aforementioned Goretzka goal as he found his team-mate on the stretch with a short pass square to his left. The next, which made it 4-1, was a quite delightful half-volleyed cross into the centre of the box which was dutifully headed home by partner-in-crime Robert Lewandowski.

He rarely gave the Leverkusen defence a moment's peace, contributing nine ball recoveries and 5/9 duels won to the cause.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Raphael Guerreiro's (7.8) excellent form continued for Dortmund in the narrow win versus Hertha. On that left flank he sent 32 passes into the final third, completed three dribbles, won the majority of his duels and 100% of his tackles, and enjoyed 106 touches of the ball overall.

ROUND TO FORGET

Schalke forward Benito Raman (4.9) was fairly hopeless up front in the draw against Union Berlin. Before being hooked just 60 minutes into play he recorded zero shots on goal, zero touches inside the opposition penalty area, and just six completed passes.

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