Berlin (AP) – RB Leipzig remains upright, but FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are putting pressure on. Off the field, concerns of the Bundesliga football team over corona remain deep.
In Mainz, the sports crisis is also getting worse – FC Schalke wants to fight their own negative series on Sunday.
TORMASCHINE: Two days after the sovereign progression in the cup, the spared national players at Bayern were back in the starting line-up – and ensured a completely dominant first half at Arminia Bielefeld. After 51 minutes, Bayern led 4-0 with two goals each from Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski. This was followed by a weaker phase, a goal against 1: 4 and a red card for Corentin Tolisso. “We’re making it difficult for ourselves,” said coach Hansi Flick, who was especially annoyed by the “stupid” eviction. Nevertheless, a strong 17 goals from the first four games are the best in the league and were last achieved by Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1967/68. However, the current Gladbach team got no further than a 1-1 draw against VfL Wolfsburg.
UNMUT I: RB Leipzig had to do without Amadou Haidara after a positive test, Hoffenheim missed two other professionals in addition to Andrej Kramaric because of the corona. Several teams have had to do without their heavily stressed national players after the most recent releases. “That’s an exclamation point that now, perhaps as a league, perhaps through the DFL, we have to say that we will act differently in the next period of absence,” Alexander Rosen, Hoffenheim’s director of professional football, told Sky. “If necessary, we have to think more deeply about it, not let the boys go.”
HEAD BUNNERS: Angeliño scored a Bundesliga goal in his first half-series last season for RB Leipzig. The 23-year-old has already scored twice this season – and both times with his head. Just like in the 4-0 win over Schalke 04, he succeeded in a 2-0 win at FC Augsburg. An extraordinary pleasure given its height. “1.75m concentrated head power,” tweeted RB – and got a reply from his own player. He was actually 1.71 meters tall, Angeliño wrote.
DISPUTE II: With loud whistles, the Hertha BSC players said goodbye to their own fans after the disappointing 2-0 draw against VfB Stuttgart. Due to the corona pandemic, there were only 4,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, but they made themselves heard loudly. Supporters could also be heard in Mainz after the 0: 1 against Bayer Leverkusen, FSV coach Jan-Moritz Lichte was in wild discussions with fans in the stands after the final whistle. It was just an “exchange of views,” the trainer pointed out. In total, only 250 spectators were allowed to enter the Rheinhessen stadium, waiting for the first point.
There won’t be much more in the arenas on Sunday: the matches between 1. FC Köln and Eintracht Frankfurt (3.30 pm / Sky) and FC Schalke 04 and 1. FC Union Berlin will take place for a maximum of 300 spectators. Sportingly, the Revierclub wants to avoid a negative record: The Royal Blues have never lost seven league games in a row – with one defeat it would be so far. “We want to be more attacking,” said coach Manuel Baum, who wants to reverse the trend in his second game at Schalke.
The numbers for Saturday:
7 – Stuttgart last had seven points from four games in the 2008/09 season. VfB then finished third.
18 – With his two goals in the 4-1 success in Bielefeld, Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has now scored against all 18 Bundesliga clubs, such as Schalke’s Vedad Ibisevic.
2014 – For the first time since February, Marco Reus scored 1-0 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for Borussia Dortmund. His last hit as a joker was back much longer. After a substitution, the national player last met in March 2014.