The Bundesliga Diaries Editorial – Match Day 15

What is the best way to remedy a three goal loss? To win by the same scoreline the next weekend, of course! And that is exactly what RB Leipzig did on Sunday, as they beat Mainz 05 4-1. It was a game of doubles, as both Youssuf Poulsen and Timo Werner grabbed braces. This was a strong win for their side, especially after their 3-0 defeat against Freiburg last weekend.

It was also another good run-out for Borussia Dortmund, who won their sixth straight game, this time against Werder Bremen (2-1). Paco Alcacer and Marco Reus scored their 11th and 10th goals of the season respectively. Between them, Reus, Alcacer and Jadon Sancho have 26 goals and 12 assists between. They are clearly key to BVB’s success so far this season.

Bayern appear to have left their early season woes behind them, with this matchday seeing them grab an emphatic 4-0 victory against Hannover. The Bavarians were sublime… but their opponents were anything but. André Breitenreiter’s men now sit bottom of the table as the continue to underwhelm. Their encounter with Fortuna in matchday 16 will be hugely important, especially after Düsseldorf’s 2-0 against Freiburg on Saturday.

It was back to winning ways in the Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt, who were victorious against Bayer Leverkusen. In midweek, they became the first German side in European competition history to win all six group games, and their confidence carried through in to this fixture. Goals from Danny Da Costa and Filip Kostic put them ahead early on, with Leverkusen only able to respond with a Karim Bellarabi strike.

Markus Weinzierl will be amongst the happiest men in the Bundesliga after his VFB Stuttgart side turned around a 1-0 deficit against Hertha Berlin to prevail 2-1. He has Mario Gomez to thank, who ended his 682-minute goal drought to bag his team’s two goals. They were his 99th and 100th for the club.

Wolfsburg also impressed as they beat Nürnberg 2-0. Bruno Labbadia’s side are now unbeaten in four and are turning in to a solid unit. For Nürnberg, however, things look bleak. This defeat marks 9 games without a win, and they travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach next. Despite Die Fohle limping to a 0-0 draw with Hoffenheim this weekend, their 100% home record means that Michael Köllner’s side will need a huge performance to come away with anything from the Borussia-Park.