Bundesbag Week 27: Hungry like a wolf
Well, it's taken them nine straight wins and ten games unbeaten in all but Wolfsburg
are finally top of the Bundesliga. And they're not top by a squeak either. There is in fact an enormous gulf of 3 (three) points behind the swarm of teams immediately behind them. OK that may not seem like much, but by this season's standards it's a gaping chasm.
Mind you they had to work for it. Borussia Monchengladbach
may lack quality (with the exception of the magnificent Marco Marin
) but they are fighting for their Bundesliga lives right now and gave the Wolves a really hard game. It took a late and fortuitous goal from Sascha Riether
to maintain their run at Borussia Park. 2-1 was the final score.
Inevitably, however, our attentions turn to Bayern Munich.
This blogger was pretty certain that had Barcelona
needed to score 8 goals last week (for whatever reason) then they would have done. That's how bad Bayern were. I know the Bavarians were short of defenders but they must have had injury problems of this nature in their long and illustrious history and not received the kind of pastings that they suffered at the Nou Camp and at the Volkswagen Arena. What, then, are we to deduce from their 4-0 at home win over Frankfurt
? A return to form for Bayern or worst away performance ever?
Well, there certainly appeared to be a response from the players and things got off to a great start with a cracker from Franck Ribery
. You suspect that Frankfurt are the kind of team to fold under pressure from superior forces and conceding after such a short period of time seemed to be too much for them. Goals from Luca Toni
wrapped things up after 48 minutes and allowed the Champions to concentrate on recovering some dignity against Barca, which they pretty much did.
In third place are Hamburg
. They had something of a set back against VfB Stuttgart
who have made an art of providing setbacks to a number of teams of late. This time it was the much maligned Mario Gomez
who struck at the death to maintain his team's fifth spot in the table and drop Martin Jol
's men to third. In between VfB Setback
and Hamburg's Martin Jol
, for whom it seems the wheels are falling off.
The Berliners went down to their third defeat in a row, this time at Hannover
. It was a wretched match for the former leaders made far worse by a frankly idiotic red card earned by Andrei Voronin
for a stupid kick out at Leon Andreason
. The on loan Liverpool
striker is banned for three matches which is unlikely to aid his team mates cause. He was also fined for his trouble.
Elsewhere, look out for a fantastic long range goal from Tamas Hajnal
in their impressive 3-1 win over local rivals Koln
. Dortmund go up to 8th and level on points with their even more local rivals Schalke
who beat Hajnal's old club Karlsruhe
2-0. The curse of the stadium move continues for Hoffenheim
who lost 3-0 at home to lowly Bochum
. The same could be said for Leverkusen
. Since they moved to their temporary stadium in Dusseldorf they have only won once at home. At least they didn't lose against Werder Bremen
last weekend. An unsatisfying 1-1 draw sees the Bayer club consigned to mid table.
That leaves us at the bottom. Karlsruhe are adrift on 18 points but the next three places are seperated by a single point. This is thanks to a thundering Sechs Punkte
r at Cottbus between Energie
. two goals from the Bulgarians Dimitar Rangelow
and Stanislav Angelov
were enough to seal the points. At present it looks like a three-way fight to avoid those two places after Bochum's excellent win at the Hoff gave them a four point cushion. Mind you, there are still seven games to play in this most unpredictable of leagues so who knows what's around the corner. A late surge from Karlsruhe perhaps...? No.
That's it. Results and tables here
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