Eleven games – and thus a third of the season – have been completed. Time for an interim review: The highlights of the previous Bundesliga season.
Gladbach, Schalke, Lewandowski: The Bundesliga highlights
Borussia MOnchengladbach historically good
This is refreshing for German football: From the top of the table does not greet record champions FC Bayern Munich, but Borussia MOnchengladbach. And this placement is no fluke: For five matchdays, the foals are front-runners, the last managed the Borussia in the championship season 1976/77. Apparently, the work of the new coach Marco Rose bears fruit. But also the scouting team has done a good job. The attacker Marcus Thuram, who was obliged by the French second division side EA Guingamp, really hit the ball: five goals and five assists are top values in MOnchengladbach.
David Wagner breathes new life into Schalke 04
Schalke 04 is back on track after a disappointingly weak preseason – with a minimal change in the season compared to the previous season. But with David Wagner as the new coach, which is well received by fans and players. This is mainly due to two players: On the one hand to Suat Serdar, who belongs since this season to the squad of the German national team. And finally, Schalke also benefits from the qualities of Amine Harit. He is with five goals best S04-Sagittarius and also knows how to carry along his teammates.
Robert Lewandowski on historical mission
Robert Lewandowski is in the shape of his life. The Pole, who is under contract at Bayern Munich, met in each of the first eleven season games. This is a new record in the Bundesliga – the 31-year-old is on a historic mission anyway. In eleven games he scored 16 goals – if he keeps this quota, then he could beat the 40-goal record of "Bomber" Gerd Muller from the 1971/72 season. Because then there would be 49 hits in the end.
More confidence in the coach
The clubs showed more staying power than usual: For the first time since the 1999/00 season, there has been no coach dismissal until the tenth game day. For it went it around afterwards: The FC Bayern dismissed Niko Kovac, the 1. FC Cologne dismissed Achim Beierlorzer, and the 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Sandro black parted by mutual agreement, as it was officially called.
Sympathetic Freiburger mix up the league
Behind leaders Borussia MOnchengladbach a trio lurking on a slip-up of foals. RB Leipzig and Bayern are among them – of course. The third in the league is the SC Freiburg. The popular with almost all football fans because of their sympathetic charisma Breisgauer have like the record champions and the Saxons 21 points in the account and are fourth. This means: The traditionally floating in latent danger of relegation Freiburg prove after one third of the season a place in the table, which entitles to participate in the Champions League qualification. Outstanding actor of the sports club: Nils Petersen, who has overtaken the veteran Claudio Pizarro as the best Bundesliga joker.
A new broom sweeps clean
Four of the seven pre-season coaches, who have never previously coached a Bundesliga side, are in the top half of the table with their clubs. Among them is also a true upstart: The TSG 1899 Hoffenheim won under coach Alfred Schreuder last six games in a row. Thus, the Kraichgauer have even pushed past the championship candidate Borussia Dortmund.