The latest round of fixtures in the Bundesliga has caused some shocks over the weekend including Bayern Munich dropping points at home, Wolfsburg hitting another blank which saw themselves booed by fans, and Schalke picking up their first points of the season.
Joshua Kimmich impact?
One rising stars in the Bundesliga caught the eye once again this weekend with an exceptional solo performance. Joshua Kimmich scored his fifth goal in just six Bundesliga appearances this season as Bayern Munich drew 1-1 with Cologne at the Allianz Arena.
The 21-year-old waited 39 games for his first goal, but now they seem to be flowing in with the youngster full of confidence and enthusiasm towards his game. The versatile German international has been exquisite in the opening couple of weeks of the season and is getting better and better as the weeks go by – but is his best position in defence or midfield?
Just how well can Cologne do?
A surprise package? Cologne are currently sitting fourth in the Bundesliga table, just three points off league leaders and current holders Bayern Munich.
Die Geißböcke travelled to Munich in full confidence ahead of their crucial clash with the German giants as they stay unbeaten thus far this season, picking up a deserved point at against the Allianz Arena, where they became the first team to take points off Bayern Munich this season.
This draw means Cologne now remain unbeaten since the beginning of the season and with confidence full flowing, who knows how well they could do. They face Ingolstadt next, and these are the games they need to be winning if they are to mount a serious challenge.
Borussia Dortmund misses opportunity to close gap on Bayern Munich
When Munich drop points, clubs have to take full advantage of this and make sure they don’t slip up as Bayern will not drop many more. On Saturday, Dortmund failed to take advantage of Munich’s slip up and instead crashed to their second defeat of the season, losing 2-0 away to Bayer Leverkusen.
Dortmund look dismantled throughout and Thomas Tuchel will be very concerned with the defensive display. Admir Mehmedi headed the home side in front from a very poorly defended corner.
At the BayArena, Dortmund hummed and harred against a resilient Leverkusen side and went close in the second half when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tested Bernd Leno with the goalkeeper responding sublimely.
Ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernández doubled Leverkusen’s lead in the 79th minute after being set up by Hakan Calhanoglou to put the game out of reach for the visitors.
This defeat saw Dortmund plummet to third in the league table, with Tuchel’s side once again being questioned when facing a more aggressive/physical side, something the German side will have to cope with if they have any chance of challenging for the Bundesliga title.
Schalke get first points
Coming into their home game against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Markus Weinzierl knew he had to pick up three points against an Andre Schubert side that are dismal away from home. Heading into the game, the Royal Blues had suffered five Bundesliga defeats in a row – something that no Schalke coach had experienced before.
Breel Embolo was the saviour on Sunday against Gladbach after scoring a brace – his first goals in the Bundesliga in Schalke colours. The Switzerland has been under immense pressure his his arrival from Basel, but now that’s he’s on the scoresheet in the league, life in Gelsenkirchen should become a lot easier.
Wolfsburg stutter yet again
One win in the Bundesliga thus far has left Wolfsburg fans very frustrated with the underachievement the side is currently going through. The Wolves haven’t won in the league since the back end of August and hit another blank this weekend drawing 0-0 with Mainz at the Volkswagen Arena.
That’s their third draw of a season leaving the club in 13th place in the Bundesliga, with the latest showing seeing the squad booed off by their own fans.
Mario Gomez drew a blank again with Julian Draxler unable to make an impact as the Wolves hunt for their first home win of the season.