FC Bayern München crashed to defeat against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach in Bundesliga action this weekend which could open the door for their rivals to pounce. We look at five things learned from the weekend’s action.
The Bayern sparkle put out
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach stopped title favourites FC Bayern München 2-1 on Saturday for their first loss. This was Bayern’s first defeat since coach Jupp Heynckes returned to the hot seat and came against a club he’s played for and coached.
This means after only 13 league games Bayern have lost two games – as many as they lost in all of 2015/16. The Mönchengladbach goals came in the first half via a Thorgan Hazard penalty and Matthias Ginter scored with a tap-in for an impressive victory at home.
Bayern got on the scoresheet in the 74th minute through Arturo Vidal which was not enough to save them from defeat despite having much the better of the contest.
Tedesco’s Schalke do the unlikely
Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 faced each other for their 176th ever meeting on Saturday at Signal Iduna Park.
The match looked dead and buried by halftime with Dortmund leading 4-0 at home. Things changed completely in the second half though as a combination of Dortmund’s taking their foot off the pedal, Domenico Tedesco’s decisive substitutions and a brainless challenge in the 72nd minute from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang which got him red-carded after picking up a second yellow.
All of this led to Schalke fight back and draw the match 4-4 which is only the second time in Bundesliga history that a side has come from four goals down to get a result.
Köln on track to get least desired record
On Sunday, 1. FC Köln put on a poor showing in a home 2-0 loss against Hertha Berlin which leaves Köln bottom of the Bundesliga table with 2 points from 13 games, they are six points behind next team SV Werder Bremen.
At their current rate, if Köln doesn’t pick up more points they will go on record as having the worst season ever since 1965/66 when former Bundesliga side SC Tasmania 1900 Berlin were only able to get eight points for the season.
Liverpool-bound Keita shines for Leipzig
RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita’s form continues as he scored in the 2-0 victory against SV Werder Bremen on Saturday having also helped his side to a 4-1 win over Monaco on Tuesday in the Champions League.
Keita will be very difficult to replace when he moves to Liverpool at the end of the season after showing just how dominant in defence and dangerous in attack he is for Leipzig.
Nagelsmann’s world crashing
Things could not get any worse for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann. At one stage he was being linked to the FC Bayern München coaching position before Jupp Heynckes returned to the hot seat.
On Sunday, Nagelsmann’s side were thumped 3-0 away at Hamburger SV including the opening goal which was an own goal by Kevin Akpoguma and was the 1000th Eigentor in Bundesliga history. Hoffenheim also crashed out of the Europa League 3-1 to Braga at the group stage which has not gone down well with fans.
Nagelsmann needs results to keep the peace so it seems?