The Bundesliga Diaries Editorial – Match Day 08

The Bundesliga is back and that can only mean one thing: the football festival returns! Germany’s top division has the highest average number of goals per game (3.07) amongst the top 5 leagues in Europe. Once again, rippled nets were on the agenda.

Borussia Dortmund contribute more than most, and this time they demolished VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena (0-4). Once again, Marco Reus, “Paquito” Alcacer and Jadon Sancho ran the show with their unique chemistry. Their main rivals for the title, Bayern Munich, also grabbed three away points against VfL Wolfsburg (1-3) in a game where Nico Kovac made some brave changes. Players such as Jerome Boateng, Thomas Müller and Franck Ribery were left on the bench, with starting berths being given to youngsters such as Niklas Süle and Serge Gnabry. This was a convincing performance that leaves the Bavarians four points behind Die Schwarzgelben.

We saw eight goals come at Eintracht Frankfurt, with five of them from their very own Luka Jovic. He became the first player in Eintracht history to score five in a game as Frankfurt beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 7-1. Adi Hütter’s men continue to impress after an unconvincing start to the season, now sitting in seventh place. Borussia Monchengladbach put four past Mainz 05, who saw their goals against column doubled. It was a great team performance by Dieter Hecking’s men with Jonas Hoffman scoring his first professional hattrick.

At the bottom of the table we still find Schalke 04, who lost at home against Werder Bremen (0-2). Despite the negative result, it was a good showing by Domenico Tedesco’s team, who deserved more. They remain on six points, after having lost all but two of their eight games this season. They aren’t the only ones flattering to deceive, however, as Bayer Leverkusen only have two points more. For that, they have Karim Bellarabi to thank, who levelled late on in their home encounter with Hannover 96 (2-2). Once again, Die Werkself displayed uncertainty in defence… which sums up their season so far.