Bayern Munich is a juggernaut in the Bundesliga right now, with an unbeaten record that has seen them become Europe’s top club. The Bavarians are still three points ahead of second-place Borussia Dortmund and just five behind Juventus at the top of Champions League Group H. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Bayern this season: they may be imperious but there have been some upsets along the way – including Freiburg’s stunning 4-3 win over Pep Guardiola’s team on Matchday 8.,
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Of course, there’s a German name for everything, and now that the Hinrunde (first half of the season) is complete, ESPN’s senior Bundesliga analyst Derek Rae runs the rule over the talking points and shocks heading into the break.
Over the last two weeks, there has been a sense of impending doom. Bayern Munich have pushed away from the only challenger, Borussia Dortmund, to win the unofficial Herbstmeisterschaft (fall championship) for the 25th time, despite substantial absences, including the loss of Joshua Kimmich for numerous well-documented COVID-related reasons. The bad news for Dortmund supporters and non-Bayern fans equally is that the Bavarians have won the Meisterschale 21 times out of 24 occasions when starting from this position.
Der Klassiker was just three and a half weeks ago, but the Rekordmeister’s advantage at the top has expanded from one point to nine points as German football stays quiet until January 7, in line with the country’s family-centered holiday customs.
Dortmund has received a lot of criticism, but I believe that most of it is unjustified.
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Yes, Marco Rose’s club has suffered five defeats, and their away record is bad, with more losses than wins, but 11 wins out of 17 is about average for a Dortmund Hinrunde. The present version of the squad isn’t very impressive, relying too much on the individual talents of the otherworldly Erling Haaland, the still-classy Marco Reus, and the precocious Jude Bellingham. There are other plodders beyond those three, and there have been far too many injuries for BVB to have a genuine chance to compete with Bayern over the course of a season.
Bayern has mainly been “Bayern-like” under Julian Nagelsmann, a word that has entered the German language in that same manner. Granted, there were setbacks against Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Augsburg, and we shouldn’t forget a terrible DFB-Pokal night at Borussia Monchengladbach when everything went wrong for no apparent reason. Nagelsmann, on the other hand, has been a titan in his brief time at the club.
His vertical, possession-based tactical vision for Bayern is a fantastic match, and he exemplifies what Germans term “Sozialkompetenz,” despite being young for a coach at 34. Nagelsmann has a conversational ease about him, and with senior executives Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stepping down, Nagelsmann has emerged as Bayern’s affable and fascinating public face, rather than new CEO Oliver Kahn or sports director Hasan Salihamidzic.
On the field for the champions, Robert Lewandowski established a new Bundesliga goal record (43), Thomas Muller is on course to create a new assist record (13 so far), and Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane have struck multiple high notes — Sane despite receiving boos from home fans at the start of the season. I’m still sure that we’re seeing a once-in-a-generation talent in Jamal Musiala, and Nagelsmann has handled him well.
SC Freiburg’s third-place finish should be reason for joy. If a similar provincial side with fewer resources, say in England, achieved such a high position, we would almost certainly hear about it as a reflection of the league’s excellence. Christian Streich, the club’s manager for the last ten years, has left his imprint on everything. Nico Schlotterbeck, a 22-year-old defender who has previously been called up by Germany, has been the standout performer. It can’t be long until he gets his first cap.
The groundwork is solid. Freiburg has an exceptional and flexible goalkeeper in Mark Flekken of the Netherlands, a brave captain in Christian Gunter of Germany, who selflessly throws his body up and down the left wing, and an unsung hero in long-serving midfield stopper Nicolas Hofler of Germany.
Vincenzo Grifo, who polished off his Hinrunde heroics with a Panenka penalty in a deserving 2-1 victory against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday, is known for his flare and ingenuity.
Leverkusen, who are bolstered by youth and coached by Gerardo Seoane, are one of the most entertaining teams in the Bundesliga, but their shaky defense, like Dortmund’s, has been known to let them down. It’s maybe unsurprising that the most interesting game of the season so far has been their 4-3 loss to BVB in September. The Werksclub boasts a striker in Patrik Schick (16 goals), who is becoming more complete with each passing season.
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Wolfsburg, who have lost seven consecutive competitive matches, look unprepared for a relegation battle, and Florian Kohfeldt, who took over from Mark van Bommel (who was fired after just 13 games), has a difficult task.
Both Mainz and VfL Bochum have undoubtedly overachieved, but neither can be certain that their top-flight place will not be threatened. Hertha Berlin must likewise tread cautiously, despite some positive signals under new coach Tayfun Korkut, most notably in the weekend victory against Dortmund.
At the present, Augsburg, VfB Stuttgart, and Arminia Bielefeld seem to be the favorites to escape relegation to the 17th division.
SpVgg Greuther Furth, on the other hand, are very guaranteed to be relegated, despite a recent upset victory against Union. In terms of points and quality, the disparity is just too big. At the very least, they’re on track to break Tasmania Berlin’s Bundesliga record for futility set in 1965-66. (two wins, four draws, 28 defeats).
Thank you for reading these writings, and I wish you and your family a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.
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