Bundesliga Team of the Week: Reus & Hummels star in narrow Dortmund win

After an absence of more than three months, the Bundesliga is well and truly back. Three teams from last season have departed the top flight, with three others taking their places. While Eintracht Frankfurt and Fortuna Dusseldorf started life among the country’s biggest clubs with victories, things went less well for Greuther Furth, who slipped to a 3-0 loss at home to Bayern Munich. A total of 22 goals were scored across the weekend’s nine matches, and as ever, Goal.com are on hand to assess the best individual performances.

After an injury-ravaged couple of seasons, it looked as though Rene Adler‘s career was unavelling when he was looking most promising. However, he has since left Bayer Leverkusen, and on his first Bundesliga appearance with new club Hamburg, put in an excellent performance, despite Thorsten Fink’s men opening their league campaign with a 1-0 loss to Nurnberg.

In defence, the reinging champions got their title defence under way with a fine performance against Werder Bremen, with Mats Hummels proving to be as solid as ever at the back and equally useful as a spare man going forward. Philipp Lahm put in a fine showing as Bayern Munich beat Greuther 3-0, while Joel Matip was the brightest spark in the back line of the Schalke side that drew 2-2 with Hannover.

In midfield, Marko Arnautovic was a constant threat down the right for Werder Bremen, putting in a number of fine crosses, including the one to set up Theodor Gebre Selassie’s equaliser. Hiroshi Kiyotake was involved throughout as Nurnberg edged past Hamburg, while Lewis Holtby and Juan Arango both grabbed a goal and an assist each for Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively.

Up front, Marco Reus was a constant threat to the Bremen defence and capped his first appearance at Signal Iduna Park as a Dortmund player with an 11th minute opener, while Bas Dost helped Wolfsburg to a 1-0 win with a last-gasp winner against Stuttgart on his Bundesliga debut. Dani Schahin stole the headlines for Fortuna Dusseldorf with two second-half goals, one of which was a 20-yard lob, against Augsburg.

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Stuttgart had only themselves to blame as they crashed to a dissapointing 1-0 defeat to Wolfsburg in Badden Wurttemburg.

After a drab opening hour, both sides had a host of chances, to snatch a late lead. Cacau came closest for the hosts with a couple of chances which Diego Benaglio did well to parry, while at the other end, the returning Diego forced an excellent stop from Sven Ulreich with 82 minutes on the clock.

As the game looked to be approaching a stalemate, Bruno Labbadia’s men were handed a golden opportunity to secure an advantage, though. Vedad Ibisevic produced a decent save from Benaglio, but as he looked to latch onto the loose ball, he was felled by Emmanuel Pogatetz. The 28-year-old took the resulting spot kick himself, but the Swiss stopper saved it easily, before the Bosnian missed an open goal with the rebound.

The miss proved to be costly, and in the last minute of normal time, Bas Dost marked his Bundesliga debut with a headed goal.

Reus & Gotze are the future of German football, says Gunter Netzer

Former West Germany star Gunter Netzer has urged Joachim Low to start picking Borussia Dortmund duo Marco Reus and Mario Gotze more often.

Reus was the stand-out player in the Bundesliga last season, scoring a host of goals as Borussia Mönchengladbach earned an unlikely fourth-placed finish.

Gotze, meanwhile, has been a key figure as Jurgen Klopp’s side secured back-to-back titles, but the pair have been used sparingly at international level, winning just 25 caps between them.

Both were on target as die Schwarzgelben beat Werder Bremen 2-1 on Friday and, for Netzer, it is time for them to make a mark for their country.

“With Marco Reus, BVB succeeded with great commitment,” he wrote in his column in Bild am Sonntag.

“The boy is one of the most promising and, above all, useful players of the past decade. He has all the makings of a great footballer.

“Gotze is also a beacon of hope for the all of German football. He is also back on the international scene at last, and is working way back up slowly again [after injury].

“For Dortmund, and the national team, there must be a place for two exceptional players like Reus and Gotze.”

Netzer went on to give his backing to Bayern Munich’s €40 million move for Javi Martinez, despite admitting that he was not aware of the 23-year-old’s talents.

“I must admit, I have never seen Martinez play, but a very good reputation preceeds him,” he continued.

“It is a dizzying fee. One imagines him to be an absolutely exceptional footballer who changes an entire team.

“But it is not as though Bayern panic in the transfer market and suddenly think that they should buy expensive players. Bayern think they can get away with this transfer financially.”

Martinez hoping for swift conclusion to Bayern saga

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez has admitted that he wants his future resolved as soon as possible amid continued speculation over a move to Bayern Munich.

The Spain international has been linked with a switch to the Allianz Arena throughout the summer as the Bavarians look to bolster their options in the centre of the park.

Bayern have announced their intention to meet his €40 million buy-out clause, only to be left by frustrated by the Basque club’s approach, but the player is still hoping that a conclusion will be reached soon.

“I’m waiting and hoping for a fast decision,” he told Bild Am Sonntag.

“I cannot say much about the situation. I am relaxed, exercising, keeping fit and I am waiting for a decision to be made. There is not much more that I can do.

“I have noticed that German newspapers are full of stuff about me and my life. It is madness. It is a great feeling that people in Germany are interested in me.”

Former Bayern midfielder Stefan Effenburg has expressed his reservations over the club paying such a hefty fee for the 23-year-old, but the player is not worried about the criticism.

“It is completely normal for former star players to make comments about the club itself. That is not a problem and is completely fine. I understand it.”

Bayern Munich have already added the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Pizarro and Dante to their squad this summer as they look to end their two-year Bundesliga drought.

Bayern drawn home against Kaiserslautern, Dortmund travel to Aalen in DFB Pokal second round

Bayern Munich have been handed a home tie with Kaiserslautern in the second round of the DFB Pokal, while Borussia Dortmund must continue the defence of their crown at Aalen.

The holders defeated Oberneuland 3-0 in the previous round of the competition, while the Bavarians cruised past Regensburg 4-0 to follow in their Bundesliga rivals’ footsteps.

Meanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach, fresh from their 2-0 win over Alemannia Aachen in the previous round, travel to top-flight new boys Dusseldorf, while Schalke host lowly Sandhausen.

Giant killers Preussen Munster, who surprisingly eliminated Werder Bremen, have been rewarded with a home tie against newly-relegated Augsburg.