Bundesliga Team of the Week: Reus & Gundogan make the cut after Gladbach's thrashing

The Bundesliga is moving into full swing, and after a full programme of fixtures in midweek, we were treated to more great action in Germany over the weekend.

Among the most notable results were Borussia Dortmund’s 5-0 drubbing of Borussia Monchengladbach, Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen, and Schalke’s disappointing 2-2 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf. And, as ever, Goal.com was casting a watchful eye on all the talent on show.

In goal, it is impossible to look past Rene Adler, whose renaissance at Hamburg continued as Thorsten Fink’s side recorded a 1-0 win over Hannover, with the former Germany international making a string of excellent saves to help his side survive a second-half onslaught.

At the back, Dani Carvajal was in fine form as Bayer Leverkusen continued their ascent up the table, while Georg Niedermeier was a rock for Stuttgart, who finally grabbed their first win of the season away at Nurnberg. Sebastian Langkamp made an excellent block on the line to deny Hoffenheim’s Joselu a goal, and Marcel Schmelzer’s set piece delivery was fantastic as Dortmund cruised past Gladbach.

Further up the field, Ilkay Gundogan grabbed his first goal of the season for the Champions, and the Germany midfielder lies deep in our line-up alongside Andreas Ivanschitz, who set up both goals in Mainz’s win over Wolfsburg.

Franck Ribery looks to be approaching his best form for Bayern Munich, and Sidney Sam rose from the bench to score twice for Leverkusen. Marco Reus was the star of the weekend, though, scoring two magnificent goals against his old club.

Finally, Dani Schahin takes his place as the lone striker after helping Fortuna Dusseldorf recover a two-goal deficit against Schalke on Friday night.

Follow matchday 2 of the Champions League LIVE on Goal.com

Two weeks after matchday 1 of the Champions League, club football’s premier competition returns on Tuesday and Wednesday as Europe’s finest take the next step on their way to the final at Wembley on May 25, 2013, and Goal.com will bring you all the coverage you need.

On Tuesday, Italian champions Juventus lock horns with Shakhtar Donetsk as they aim to build on their encouraging away draw against Chelsea, while the titleholders meet minnows Nordsjaelland. Furthermore, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Valencia are all in action, too.

Our LIVE! blog will be running from Tuesday 16:00BST until midnight, and is set to take you through all the build-up, team news and the games themselves.

Additionally, our European football experts will be online all day to answer your questions about the games, giving you the chance to ask everything you want to know via either our Twitter account or our Facebook page.

And 24 hours later, AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are among the teams who will take to the pitch. 

Our LIVE! blog will once more be running from 16:00BST until midnight, while our national experts will be on hand again as well to answer your questions.

Goal.com is the only place you need for full coverage of matchday 2 of the Champions League, follow it all LIVE! on Tuesday and Wednesday, and look out for all our news and features before and after the games.

BATE – Bayern Munich Preview: Bavarians aiming for 10th straight win



Polyakov, Radkov, Simic, Bordachev
Pavlov, Likhtarovich, Volodko
Bressan, Hleb



Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery

BATE can be expected to make one change from the side that beat Neman Grodno 5-1 on Friday afternoon. Aliaksandr Hleb sat out the home victory, is fit to return, and will line up alongside Renan Bressan behind Vitali Rodionov, with Filip Rudzik dropping to the bench.

Elsewhere, however, they should be able to field the same line-up for the visit of the Bavarian giants, who are making their first ever trip to Belarus.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, meanwhile, left Mario Mandzukic and Javi Martinez out of the starting line-up for Saturday’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen in favour of Claudio Pizarro and Luiz Gustavo. However, both summer signings should return to the fold for the Champions League encounter.

Arjen Robben missed the trip to the Weserstadion with a muscular problem, but trained individually on Sunday. Whether he makes the trip to Belarus or not remains to be seen, but Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos should retain their places in attacking midfield.

Mario Gomez is slowly working up his fitness after his pre-season ankle surgery, as are David Alaba and Diego Contento, who both sustained broken feet before the campaign’s start.

  • BATE also faced Bavarian opposition in the 2002 Intertoto Cup second roud, claiming a 5-0 aggregate victory over 1860 Munich, including a 1-0 win in Germany.

  • Schemer Aliaksandr Hleb (pictured, right) returned to the Borisov club this summer after an unhappy spell with Krylia Sovetov. He had previously represented Stuttgart (in two spells) and Wolfsburg, and won the Bundesliga with the Baden-Wurttemberg outfit.
  • BATE have won the last six editions of the Belarusian Premier League, and recorded domestic doubles twice in that period of time.
  • Bayern Munich, beaten finalists in the Champions League last season, have lost three of their last four away games in Europe, and have won just one of the last five.

  • Franck Ribery scored in France’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying clash over a Belarus team that featured BATE’s Maksim Bordachev, Vitali Rodinov, Artem Radkov, Renan Bressan and Denis Polyakov in Paris on September 11. However, he is yet to score for his club this season.

  • Bayern’s win over Werder Bremen over the weekend was their ninth straight victory in all competitions, equalling a club record that had stood since 1984-85.

Kroos: Bayern target Champions League glory

Toni Kroos has made it clear that Bayern Munich are brimming with ambition and want to go all the way in the Champions League this term.

The Bavarians were beaten by Chelsea in the final of last year’s edition of club football’s premier competition, and Kroos is determined to make amends this season.

“The Champions League title is incredibly important for me, as important as the Bundesliga title,” Kroos stated to Kicker.

“When you’ve made the final once, you want to get there again. We have added more depth to our team to make sure we can compete in all competitions, also in the Champions League.

“We will do our utmost to win the Champions League. That’s our only goal. We want the trophy. We are very motivated to go all the way.

“It’s impossible to forget the lost final against Chelsea, because we were so close, but we have moved on. The defeat serves as a motivation to do better this year. We all want to make it to Wembley.”

Bayern Munich beat Valencia 2-1 in their Champions League opener, and will take on BATE Borisov on Tuesday in their second game.

Matthias Sammer blasts Bayern Munich's performance after narrow win over Werder Bremen

Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer has slammed his team’s performance after they scraped past Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Late goals from Luiz Gustavo and Mario Mandzukic spared Bayern’s blushes and ensured they remained top of the Bundesliga, but Sammer warned his troops that they will have no parade to Munich’s city hall if they do not up their game in their upcoming fixtures.

“We have to take care that we don’t embrace and enjoy it too much! We can step out on a balcony somewhere in Munich, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to get the trophy,” he told Sportsbild.

“We weren’t really awake and aggressive. What we did before our first goal was too little, that’s for sure. There was a lack of movement, that has to be said.“

Sammer’s comments were echoed by the Bavarians’ coach Jupp Heynckes, who admitted he was disappointed in what he saw as a lack of effort from his players.

“It’s not always possible to dominate the opponent but we showed too little spirit, the players strained my patience,” he said.