Match day 11:
Examining the Top 4
After match day 11 we have quite an interesting table for the Bundesliga. We will take a look at some of the more noticeable teams in the table, and point out why and how they are there.
Die Roten Bullen are on fire this season in the Bundesliga and are surprising many by the play they are showing up with to Week 11. The club founded in 2009 has been climbing through German Football, and now just promoted to the Bundesliga, the team nobody likes is at the top. Great wins against Dortmund and Leverkusen see them as a side to beat, and it will be interesting to see if the young bulls can keep it up.
The average age of their team is 24 years old, with only one player over 30 years of age making a start (Marvin Compper). Behind Poulsen, Werner, Keita, and point man Forsberg, who has acquired 5 goals and 5 assists this season, they will be striving to reach new highs.
Currently in second, and coming off a loss are the reds of Bayern. Munich are currently sitting three points behind leader Leipzig, and will be heading into Champion’s League play this week against FC Rostov before heading home to take on Leverkusen in the league. Don’t worry though Bayern fans, Ancelotti is a frequent to having trouble in his first season coaching at new club domestically, but still performs very well in Europe.
Recent injuries have been bagging Bayern, and the ill-form Müller is in a cold streak like none other in his career. Yet there is so much hope as anyone could talk for days about the youngsters this squad has. Sanches, Kimmich, and Coman have been vital parts to this season already, and that is in their young age. Kimmich has also been a standout for the National team, as he has earned a starting spot and looks a rightful replacement for Lahm. I’m sure Bayern’s form will come around, as they are a powerhouse like none other. Watch out Bundesliga teams! If the form of Müller catches, and they stay healthy, we can expect another Bayern league title.
Third top in the table sits Borussia Dortmund, and with a win against Bayern this past week they will be looking to rise even higher by the Winter break. Dortmund is headed into a Champions League fixture this week against Legia Warsaw, and on Saturday will be taking up Eintracht Frankfurt away from home. With some ups and downs this season already there is much to discuss.
The sale of Hummels left questions on who would fill the void left there, and Summer signing Marc Bartra has filled it very well, performing week in and out. The young Julian Weigl has been the focal point of Dortmund’s build up, and if they continue playing the 3-1-4-2, he may become the most important player on the pitch. Aubameyang has been nothing short of brilliant as he has netted home 12 goals and leads Europe in domestic scoring. Yet there are cracks in the black and yellow wall. Keeper Roman Bürki will be out with a broken hand for a good while, which leaves questions on whether Weidenfeller can step up to the plate. It will be interesting to see whether Tuchel implements the 3-1-4-2 consistently. If he does, will it bring Dortmund back to the great days?
Yet another surprise, at 4th in the table we have FC Köln. The billy goats have been experiencing a terrific campaign as of yet, being led by front man Anthony Modeste game in and game out. Modeste is just behind Aubameyang in goal scoring, and has looked a threat every minute on the pitch. There are serious talks as him being the hottest man in Europe, which some may argue are quickly dismissed when bringing Ronaldo’s incredible form into the equation.
Still Köln and Modeste are no joke, as they are looking a top team in Europe right now. With great players behind Modeste like Höger and Hector, this squad of billy goats is looking to quickly state their claim on Germany and Europe.
With a stunning first 11 weeks of Bundesliga football, it looks like this campaign maybe one of the most interesting ones in the past couple years. What do you think will happen? Will Leipzig hold their spot and pull a Leicester to the German Football leagues, or will Bayern take their throne back? Can Aubameyang and company battle their way up top, by utilizing the 3-1-4-2, or will it be Modeste leading the charge for Köln. Anything goes in the Bundesliga!