FC Bayern extended the lead at the top of the Bundesliga table on Saturday with a comprehensive 2:0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. While Dortmund, Leverkusen and FC Köln all stumbled, Bayern took care of business by scoring twice in the first 35 minutes and then easing to a straightforward victory. Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa, who have both missed time with injury recently, marked their respective returns to action with goals. Continue reading
On the heels of three straight winless matches, FC Bayern picked up a needed victory in Wednesday with a decisive 4:1 win over PSV Eindhoven. Bayern controlled the entire match with the exception of a period late in the first half, when the visitors had several good forays into the Bayern area and scored once.
Arjen Robben’s late goal put the stamp on the game and gave us the 4:1 final. The Dutch winger is rounding back into his best form, with a star display in a competition he loves to play in. Continue reading
In the third round of group stage play of the 2016-2017 UEFA Champions League. Group E is tightly bunched up, with all four teams having picked up at least a point and all four teams having dropped points at least once. And these two teams – arguably the most talented two in the group – now square off for two straight matches. Big stakes.
The first one kicks off tomorrow from the BayArena in Germany. Read on for the preview … Continue reading
Coming back from the international break, FC Bayern looked to put the struggles of the past two matches behind them with an emphatic win. But instead it was hosts Eintracht Frankfurt showing up with a big performance, scoring from a nice goal with less than 15 minutes to go to equalize and earn a 2:2 draw. Eintracht were good value for their point, showing a few bright spots on offense and fighting hard despite going down a man.
Combined with FCK’s win and yesterday’s draw, Bayern miss a chance to extend the lead atop the table, and now have four pursuing teams within four points. Continue reading
The October international break is over, and it’s back to business in the 1. Bundesliga. No teams are left with a perfect record, after FC Bayern were held to a draw right before the break. And there are a goodly number of teams on Bayern’s heels – eight clubs are within six points behind Bayern (meaning they could theoretically catch up within two matches) at the top of the table.
In fact, let’s look at the top half of the league right now …
The top five teams are all within four points of one another. That includes Köln and RB Leipzig, two relatively surprising performers. Then there are four teams right behind this bunch that are still sort of in the mix, and that certainly still have a chance at a CL spot.
Let’s look at the biggest three matches of the week … Continue reading
With the arrival of the October international break, we’re at a point where Bundesliga supporters can pause and undergo a bit of reflection. Despite Bayern being at the top of the standings as expected, there have been some real surprises this season. We’re only six matches into the campaign, so the clay is still fresh, but we at least have enough data to start to judge “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” on some clubs and players.
One aspect we can start to (very prematurely) predict is who might be in the running for Player of the Year. The DFB awards a “player of the year in Germany” award every year, but this include both German players abroad and all players in the Bundesliga, and also considers international performance. Today, we’re talking about just the Bundesliga MVP / POY. The Players’ Union awards such a prize, and last year it went to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Dortmund. Whether you want to consider this an actual prediction of the Players’ Union POY or just a general “who is the league MVP?” discussion, here are some guys who have been impressing so far. Continue reading
After the weekend’s deflating 2:0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen, supporters of Borussia Dortmund needed a lift. And they got one on Sunday afternoon, as word came out that long-term absentee Marco Reus had resumed individual training.
As the video emerged, it became clear that Reus is not super-close to a return – he’s still not training on the ball and still not going through full team drills. But the video shows the speedy German winger doing real running and stretching, at least, and he appears to look as good as you could hope following a months-long lay-off.
On Saturday, FC Bayern faced their biggest challenge yet in the young Bundesliga season. 1. FC Köln put in a great effort, holding FC Bayern to a 1:1 draw and showing that their run of good form is not a fluke. Both sides had good chances to win the game in the closing minutes – Bayern with a little more consistent pressure, but Köln also with a few offensive chances on the break.
In the end, it was Bayern dropping points for the first time in the season, with the teams settling for a deserved draw. Continue reading
For the first time in the Ancelotti era, FC Bayern will try to respond to a loss. And it was a deserved loss, with Bayern’s attack short-circuiting and a handful of lapses giving Atletico Madrid chances to score (they only needed one, but it could have been worse). The next few weeks will be a gut-check to see whether Bayern get back to dominance, or start to expose real cracks in the team.
The boys in red are still perfect in league play, though, and still have to be heavily favored to win the Bundesliga title again. Dortmund, with just one slip-up, are right on Bayern’s heels. Hertha Berlin and FC Köln are also performing well, and Mönchengladbach are lurking in the vicinity of relevance as the season heats up. A preview of the three biggest matches of the weekend … Continue reading