The Bundesliga Diaries Editorial – Match Day 10

Borussia Dortmund will know that, win or lose against Bayern Munich, they will end next weekend as leaders. BVB’s 1-0 win at Wolfsburg and Bayern’s 1-1 draw at home against Freiburg guaranteed that. It was a poor game by Nico Kovac’s team, whose winless home Bundesliga run was extended to three games after conceding late on.

This season, Bayer Leverkusen games always produce goals, although not always in their favour. ‘Die Werkself’ looked good going in to their game against Hoffenheim following two impressive away wins. But the Baden-Württemberg outfit’s rampaging attack saw them come out 4-1 winners. They were led by Reiss Nelson and Joelinton, both star performers this season. RB Leipzig also grabbed an away win, putting three goals past Hertha BSC at the Olympiastadion (0-3). Despite their slow start, the Rotenbullen have lost just once in the league this season and are looking solid. Timo Werner in particular was in good form, this weekend bagging his 50th goal since joining the club.

At the other end of the table, FC Nürnberg or Mainz 05 are starting to put some distance between themselves and the relegation positions. Der Club earned a valuable point with a late equalizer at Augsburg (2-2), whilst the Mainzers played one of their best games this season against Werder Bremen, earning a deserved 2-1 victory. Despite putting five goals past minnows ETSV Weiche Flensburg in the Pokal, Werder Bremen are yet to fully shake off the mauling against Leverkusen two weeks ago. Florian Kohfeldt’s players were disappointing, and they will need to improve in next week’s game against a strong Mönchengladbach side.