Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich are seven points clear at the top of the Bundesliga after only 12 games. Seven points after 12 games. Does this mean the Bundesliga is over? Probably. Does it mean the Bundesliga is a poor league compared to the rest of Europe? Definitely not. Bayern are a juggernaut and it can’t be denied the league leaders are unstoppable. Two goals either side of half-time gave the Bayern a win against Hoffenheim in Munich, including their first from a header as Robert Lewandowski nodded the second. It wasn’t easy – Anthony Modeste could have given the visitors the lead with a first-half header, and Manuel Neuer had to change his body direction to make a great stop from Kevin Volland. Neuer also did a Cruyff turn six-yards out. He’s very bored. He’s also very good. The rest of the league is a world apart, but that’s unfair on Bayern. They are a true footballing machine and would be a match for any team of any generation.
After grabbing their first win in eight Bundesliga games on MD11, Borussia Dortmund had a huge chance to build some proper momentum. After grabbing a two-goal lead at Paderborn, everything was looking rosy. Cue Marco Reus. The gifted Dortmund attacker is clearly talismanic for Jürgen Klopp’s men in a positive way, but his ever-increasing absences are having a hugely negative effect on BVB. By the time Reus was stretchered off and facing more time on the sidelines, Dortmund have thrown away their lead and the new boys grabbed a point. With Hamburg’s win over Werder Bremen, the Yellow and Blacks slipped to third bottom and more questions about Reus’s future. While it seems to many that heading south to Munich is the only option, one thing that could be certain is BVB’s willingness to sell if someone offers 40 m euros for a player, through no fault of his own, struggling to put a sequence of games together. Two games unbeaten for Klopp’s men though – small steps.
Both Wolfsburg, who face Eveton on Thursday, and Borussia Monchengladbach are Bayern’s closest chasers, and both faltered in the hunt. The Wolves, who were in fine form, dipped 3-2 to a strange Schalke side. The Royal Blues are traditionally Germany’s third side, but under Roberto Di Matteo, they are Jekyll and Hyde. Gladbach’s defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt was most surprising and means that after an 18-game unbeaten start to the season, they’ve now lost back-to-back league games. Augsburg jumped into the top six with a win at rock-bottom Stuttgart, while Hertha Berlin grabbed their first win on the road with a late win at Cologne, whose scorer Anthony Ujah messed around with a goat after finishing the equaliser. And on that bombshell….
Results: Bayern Munich 4-0 Hoffenheim, Schalke 3-2 Wolfsburg,, Mainz 2-2 Freiburg, Borussia Monchengladbach 1-3 Frankfurt, Hannover 96 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen, SC Paderborn 2-2 Borussia Dortmund, Cologne 1-2 Hertha Berlin, Hamburg 2-0 Werder Bremen, Stuttgart 0-1 Augsburg
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