Friday 25th November
Freiburg 1-4 RB Leipzig
Neiderlechner 15′ | Keita 2′ Werner 21′ 35′ Sabitzer 79′
A strong performance from the leaders of the Bundesliga to ensure that they continue their storming start to the season. A screamer from Naby Keita in the second minute (well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already) set them on their way and allowed them to control the game on their terms.
Leipzig were pretty dominant throughout, managing nearly double the shots that Freiburg could – playing in their normal direct style, with less passes overall (and in the final third), but more incisiveness to their play. This method will work well against the lesser teams in the Bundesliga, but Leipzig may need to change their play against the best teams.
Saturday 26th November
Koln 0-0 Augsburg
A bore draw here, as both Koln and Augsburg forgot how to shoot – with just 7 out of 28 shots being on target between them. Koln were marginally the better side, but couldn’t fashion a good enough chance to get them the three points
Hamburg 2-2 Werder Bremen
Gregoritsch 3′ 28′ | Bartels 14′ Gnabry 45′
An improved performance from Hamburg sees them take a decent point, but they should have taken more from the game against a side just 2 places above them in the league. They had a similar performance to that of Koln, in that they created more chances than Werder Bremen, but struggled to put enough of them away to earn them 3 points – meaning they stay winless so far this season in the Bundesliga
Ingolstadt 1-1 Wolfsburg
Jung 31′ | Caligiuri 78′
Another game between two struggling teams, and yet another draw. Wolfsburg dominated the possession statistics, but Ingolstadt played a similar game to Leipzig – being much more direct and getting more shots in than Wolfsburg. Ingolstadt are still 17th after this result, but it could’ve been much more had they managed to score a penalty after 15 minutes. For Wolfsburg, maybe a more direct approach is needed for a while as they continue to surprisingly struggle for points.
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Hoffenheim
Dahoud 25′ | Amiri 53′
A second half equaliser by substitute Amiri ensured that Hoffenheim kept up their unbeaten record in the Bundesliga, cancelling out the opener from Liverpool target Mahmoud Dahoud’s opener. Hoffenheim definitely weren’t at their best in this game, as they only troubled Yann Sommer on a couple of occasions throughout the whole game, whilst their keeper (Baumann) was much busier, working hard to keep Monchengladbach to just the one goal.
A solid point for both sides, but work to be done if Hoffenheim want to keep their unbeaten run going.
Frankfurt 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Huszti 46′ Seferovic 79′ | Aubameyang 77′
A shock defeat for Dortmund provided a poor end to what had been one of their best weeks – with a win in Der Klassiker followed by that game against Legia Warsaw in the Champions League.
It was another bad result on the road for Tuchel’s side – only 2 wins in 6 away games in the league now – this despite dominating the ball as usual. With their excessive hold on the ball, Dortmund should perhaps have fashioned a few more than 5 shots on target, but Frankfurt continued to show their defensive solidarity as they moved above Dortmund in the table.
Bayern Munich 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Thiago 30′ Hummels 56′ | Calhanoglu 35′
The big game in the Bundesliga was to provide a stern test for a Bayern side not looking anywhere near as free flowing as they normally did under Guardiola. But they passed the test, with their attacking unit beginning to once again resemble the frighteningly good machine that Pep had built.
A solid performance from the forward players proved the foundation for this win, as Bayern had over a 50% shot accuracy from 13 shots – which is the sign of a decent side (by comparison, Leverkusen managed just over a 25% shot accuracy from the same number of shots). However, it’s well worth noting that Bayern’s defenders were struggling to cope with Leverkusen, who will feel rightly annoyed that they were unable to take anything from this game.
Sunday 27th November
Schalke 3-1 Darmstadt
Kolasinac 26′ Chuopo-Moting 60′ Schöpf 90′ | Heller 6′
Schalke continued their fine recent form with a comfortable come-from-behind win against strugglers Darmstadt. They dominated the ball, with 66% of the possession, and completed over twice as many (554 to 218) passes as their opponents.
Darmstadt tried to use the blueprint for the good results by RB Leipzig and Ingolstadt, but were unable to find their targets with their forward passes (just 71% accuracy – Schalke managed 88% accuracy with their passes), meaning they kept inviting Schalke back on to them; with the talent that Schalke possess, it was only a matter of time before they broke through.
Hertha Berlin 2-1 Mainz
Ibisevic 36′ 67′ | Seydel 25′
Hertha were another side to claim a comfortable win which continued their surprisingly strong start to the season – they rise up to 3rd thanks to this win. It wasn’t a vintage performance by any means, but in Vedad Ibisevic they have a striker who can win them games when they play below their best. His two strikes take him to 8 for the season, and 3rd place on the top scorers charts (ahead of Lewandowski!)