Bundesliga top 3 win as Werner hits first post COVID-19 hattrick
The Bundesliga produced major action over the weekend with the second round of league games after returning from suspension two weeks ago.
The results from this round of games is a pointer that some of the league’s forces are beginning to warm up to action after being at rest for a while, albeit forcefully due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Some teams are have done themselves a lot of good in these last two games while others are trying their best to ensure that they’re consistent in shooting themselves in the foot.
The race for the Bundesliga continued at the same pace as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund maintained their impressive form.
The Bavarian giants put 5 past Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena in a 5:2 win while Dortmund were not at their best but won 2 nil away from home against Wolfsburg.
Meanwhile, Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt continued flattering to deceive for teams of their standard. Schalke have not scored a goal since the league resumed.
Augsburg who have lost their last 4 games in the Bundesliga thrashed Schalke 3 nil away from home at the Veltin Arena. It can be recalled that Schalke lost 4 nil away to Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park some weeks back.
Schalke have now failed to win in their last five games, precisely 4 losses and 1 draw, and are not doing themselves good if they intend to snatch the remaining Europa League spot as other upward positions come with arguably insurmountable point gaps.
Wolfsburg sit on the closest Europa spot with 39 points while Schalke have 37. Regardless, they’ll be thanking their stars that Wolfsburg lost 2 nil to Borussia Dortmund at home. Therefore, there’s still hope of a place in the Europa if they can sort themselves out. David Wagner has his job cut out for him.
It was good news for RB Leipzig as they returned to winning ways as they thrashed Mainz 5 nil away from home, with in form on-demand striker Timo Werner bagging a hattrick in the process, and the first since the return of competitive Bundesliga action.
They’re being hotly chased by Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayern Leverkusen who have 52 and 53 points respectively. Leipzig are currently on 54 points, 3 points behind second-placed Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund deserve some credit for keeping clean sheets in their two games since the return of the Bundesliga. This is a welcome development for a side who are known to concede a lot of goals. Hopefully, they maintain this newly found defensive prowess.
At the lower places, only Werder Bremen out of the bottom six were able to garner all three points on the matchday. They traveled away and beat Freiburg 1 nil. They are rooted in 17th on the table, have a game in hand, and are six points from safety.
The race for a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League is heating up in the Bundesliga. It’s just nine points between 5th and 1st while from second to fifth are Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Bayern Leverkusen, and Borussia Monchengladbach with 57, 54, 53, and 52 points respectively.
The competition is fierce at the top and we wait to see how the next matchday action pans out. Hopefully, it’s all fireworks.
The next round of games is on 26 May and 27 May respectively and one of the games is a clash between the top two. The game will see Dortmund welcome Bayern to the Signal Iduna Park. This promises to be a cracker and a league decider.