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Borussia Dortmund-Bayern Munich combined XI | Bundesliga 2020-21

Sachin Bhat
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Modified 07 Nov 2020, 01:57 IST
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Right Winger: Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)

Serge Gnabry was one of the standout performers for Bayern Munich last season.
Serge Gnabry was one of the standout performers for Bayern Munich last season.

From struggling in the Premier League with minnows West Brom Albion to becoming a key component of Bayern Munich's treble-winning team, Serge Gnabry has certainly come a long way in recent times as he continues his development into a world-class winger.

The 25-year-old, who is lightening quick and skilful on the ball, is a deadly finisher and a picture of elegance when in full flow. Gnabry has made a solid start to the new season, scoring a hat-trick in the opening Bundesliga game against Schalke, his first - of possibly many - in the competition.

Central midfielder: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Joshua Kimmich has made the midfield role his own at Bayern Munich.
Joshua Kimmich has made the midfield role his own at Bayern Munich.

After thriving as a marauding right-back during his early years at Bayern Munich, Joshua Kimmich has now cemented himself as a formidable central midfielder, thanks to his technical brilliance and elite passing range.

The 25-year old is adept at set-piece deliveries, and his goal contributions have also increased manifold since making the transition from defence. Kimmich has scored ten times and has made 24 assists since the start of the last season.

Central midfielder: Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich)

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The double pivot of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka has brought a new dimension for Bayern Munich.
The double pivot of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka has brought a new dimension for Bayern Munich.

Borussia Dortmund have some good players in this position, but it's hard to ignore Leon Goretzka's growing influence at Bayern Munich. His physical transformation isn't the only thing that has caught everyone's attention; the German is fast turning into a truly world-class box-to-box midfielder.

Complemented by his powerful and athletic frame, the technically gifted and hard-working Goretzka offers an excellent attacking threat from set pieces and can score from range too. He has netted 21 times and provided 20 assists in all competitions for Bayern Munich since arriving from Schalke in 2018.

Left winger: Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski have made more goal contributions than Jadon Sancho since the start of the 2018-19 season.
Only Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski have made more goal contributions than Jadon Sancho since the start of the 2018-19 season.

It's just impossible to leave a player of the ilk of Jadon Sancho out of this lineup. Although he usually operates on the right wing, we have him on the left in our hypothetical team.

The 20-year old has the world at his feet, with every major European club vying for his signature since his meteoric rise to stardom with Der BVB.

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The 20-year-old English sensation has broken multiple records at Borussia Dortmund since arriving from Manchester City in 2017. He was one of the best performers in Europe's top five leagues last season after notching 20 goals and as many assists apiece.

It's this staggering productivity that gets Sancho in this XI ahead of Kingsley Coman.

Attacking midfielder: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

Despite being written off and having his ability questioned, Thomas Muller remains highly influential in attack.
Despite being written off and having his ability questioned, Thomas Muller remains highly influential in attack.

A true Bayern Munich veteran, Thomas Muller quashed all perceptions of his supposed 'decline' by finding his best form under Hansi Flick and playing an instrumental role in guiding the Bavarians to treble glory last season.

In the process, Muller also broke the record for most assists in a Bundesliga campaign with 21. His ability to pick out pockets of space, for which he's fondly called the Raumdeuter, the interpreter of space, remains unparalleled.

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Published 07 Nov 2020, 01:57 IST
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