Berlin (dpa) – FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund missed the scorers on Saturday – both won anyway. However, BVB is concerned a few days before the top match against Munich.
RB Leipzig lost the championship lead as Gladbach’s Hannes Wolf met his regular club. At the bottom of the table, FSV Mainz 05 fought in vain. Again.
HIGH FORM: Statistically, Thomas Müller has not been that important for a long time. His opening goal with a hand penalty in Bayern’s 2-1 to 1. FC Köln was Müller’s eighth goal after six match days – shared career high (as in 2012/13). Without the spared attacker Robert Lewandowski and with a total of six changes in the starting XI, the record champions in the cathedral city had otherwise quite difficult. “In the end it was a job win, not a gala and not a brilliant performance,” said Müller, who set the record for current board member Oliver Kahn with his 260th Bundesliga win for FC Bayern.
TORJÄGER: Erling Haaland is missing? Then the chief of defense must answer. Mats Hummels almost single-handedly led Borussia Dortmund to a 2-0 victory over Arminia Bielefeld. With his two goals (53rd / 71st), the ex-national player scored a double in the Bundesliga for the second time ever. He did the first more than ten years ago in January 2010 in Cologne. After the final whistle, however, concerns predominated – especially in view of the league top against Bayern on Saturday: just minutes after his second goal, Hummels limped off the field. In response to Haaland’s encouragement on Twitter (“I’m waiting for the hat-trick”), Hummels responded with humor again: “I tried and had to go right after. Maybe I can leave the hat-tricks to you.”
MATCH WINNER: Hannes Wolf smiled shyly, the 21-year-old could see that “a stone was taken from his heart”. The Austrian hit Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 against his regular club RB Leipzig on Saturday evening. “I had to wait a long time for this moment,” said the midfielder, who was initially loaned to Gladbach and was injured for a longer period last season. “Today’s game will certainly give you confidence.” In his loan agreement, a purchase obligation is anchored in a certain number of missions. “It hasn’t been easy for him,” said his coach Marco Rose, who had already trained Wolf at RB Salzburg. RB coach Julian Nagelsmann, who lost the table lead to the Saxons because of the defeat, only said: “I am happy for the people.”
NEGATIVE SERIES: The opinion of the game plan should be of concern to fans of FSV Mainz. This Saturday the still pointless Rheinhessen will play against the penultimate FC Schalke 04. The 1: 3 Saturday against the surprising team FC Augsburg did not necessarily give courage. “It is understandable that the boys are not bursting with self-confidence,” said coach Jan-Moritz Lichte. As bad as the still pointless Mainz was only Fortuna Düsseldorf 1991/92 with six bankruptcies at the start – eventually the Rhinelander also dropped out.
BIRTHDAY: Bruno Labbadia could ascend to an illustrious circle on Sunday. The 54-year-old from Hertha BSC wants to achieve his 100th Bundesliga victory against VfL Wolfsburg in the evening (6 p.m. / Sky)
Get a coach. So far, only six players have reached this point as players and coaches. Overall, Jupp Heynckes celebrated the most with 518 wins (174 as a player and 344 as a coach). In the afternoon (3.30pm / Sky), SC Freiburg will welcome Europa League starter Bayer Leverkusen. For Werkself it is about joining the top group of the premier league, the sports club could break out of the relegation zone with a profit.
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FSV Mainz 05 never had 0 points after six match days. At the moment, only Fortuna Düsseldorf 1991/92 had no point in the history of the Bundesliga – eventually there was relegation.
2 – Mats Hummels has made doubles in his Bundesliga career so far. In January 2010 in Cologne and now at 2-0 at Arminia Bielefeld.
7 – Shots on target like in Cologne are a weak value for FC Bayern. The Munich team gave just seven shots on target in their 5-1 defeat in Frankfurt on November 2, 2019. The last time it was less than seven was on December 9, 2017 (1-0 in Frankfurt).