Bayern Munich stars dominate our 2021-22 Bundesliga best XI
After calling dozens of German top-flight games this season and watching countless more, ESPN's lead Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae has settled on his team of the season. When embarking on a review project like this, you have to be mindful that it's never going to please everyone. Some players are unlucky to find themselves on the bench as opposed to in the starting XI. What? You're picking the goalkeeper from one of the two automatically relegated clubs? That might be the reaction of someone who watches the Bundesliga only peripherally. Is there a more entertaining right-back in the Bundesliga? That the diminutive Frimpong might be even more at home higher up the pitch gives you a clue as to why he's so eye-catching. I've no doubt many will disagree with the inclusion of a man who announced long ago he's leaving Bayern for their nearest rivals in Borussia Dortmund.
But for a late-season dip in form, Schlotterbeck would have had the perfect campaign. I wrestled with this one, going back and forth at left-back between the tireless Freiburg skipper and TSG Hoffenheim's enterprising David Raum. While the Bayern ace only enhanced his on-field reputation and underscored his importance to the Rekordmeister this past season, a debate is raging here in Germany as to whether Kimmich is a true No. Bayern Munich won yet another Bundesliga crown, and had plenty of representation in Derek Rae's team of the season. Whenever I commentate on a Dortmund game, I carry out a quick check. You didn't have to be a Leverkusen fan to let out a loud groan when Wirtz snapped his cruciate in March.
Thomas Müller | Attacking midfielder | Bayern MunichLIVE ON ESPN+ (SELECTED GAMES) It's hard to believe that two-and-a-half years ago, some were doubting whether Müller still had it. This was the season when Nkunku showed the football world how versatile he is as an attacker. Part of me wanted to give this position to someone else, such as Patrik Schick or the incredible Anthony Modeste, but Lewandowski remains the gold standard even though the body language away from the game might reveal a slightly unhappy camper. Manuel Neuer (goalkeeper, Bayern Munich); Willi Orban (centre-back, RB Leipzig); David Raum (left-back, Hoffenheim); Robert Andrich (midfielder, Bayer Leverkusen); Vincenzo Grifo (attacking midfielder, Freiburg); Patrik Schick (striker, Bayer Leverkusen); Anthony Modeste (striker, Cologne). He doesn't have the loudest voice among Bundesliga coaches, but Fischer's influence travels far.
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