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The shock results of this weekend, was Bayern losing to 4th placed Eintracht Frankfurt, in a defeat that felt like it had been coming for a while.
Bayern have not looked anywhere near the team they were last season, but most recently has seen a greater drop off in form. They had already looked very shaky in last Monday’s 3-3 draw with Arminia Biefeld and it was clear that if they were to play a better team than Arminia they would be punished.
Frankfurt came into the game in good form, and were unbeaten in 10 games heading into this one. They also had one of the most inform players in the league with Andre Silva being second in the goal scoring charts behind Robert Lewandowski. However, due to a back injury picked up in training Silva had to sit out this clash with Luka Jovic stepping in.
After a brief delay at the start of the game due to one of the assistant referees picking up an injury, Frankfurt started off the better side and were rewarded with an early Daichi Kamada goal. Amin Younes also had himself a bright start to the game and was by far the best player for Frankfurt, to top off his first half performance he managed to back himself a goal to give Frankfurt a resounding 2-0 lead heading into half time.
In the second half, Bayern tried to turn their poor first half performance around, but were unable to mount any sort of a comeback. However, Leroy Sane caused several issues for the Frankfurt backline and was key in the build up for the Bayern goal.
What does this mean for Bayern and the title race?
With RB Leipzig beating Hertha Berlin 3-0, it now means Bayern only hold a two point lead over Leipzig. This shows the dramatic drop in form Bayern have experienced in recent weeks as the Bundesliga has went from being in the bag for Bayern, to wide open. With difficult games for both Leipzig and Bayern in the coming weeks it will be crucial for Bayern that they pick up their form and show close to the level they reached last season.
It is also entirely possible that Frankfurt and Wolfsburg outsiders for the title has they have both
Borussia Dortmund sweep aside Schalke in the RevierDerby:
After their European exploits in mid week, Borussia Dortmund looked to reignite their league campaign and push towards the top four. While their rivals were sitting last in the Bundesliga and week by week look set to begin next season in the 2.Bundesliga. But it was Dortmund who came out on top in the last Revierderby for at least a season.
Schalke put up a fight in the for the majority of the first half until goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, formally of Norwich, went off injured. Then Jadon Sancho begun the scoring for Dortmund with a finally taken finish, before he linked up again with Erling Haland to produce a contender for goal of the season.
This goal gave Dortmund the momentum going into half time. When both teams came out for the second half, it was clearly that Dortmund were going to score more. Raphael Guerriero continued his great season at left-back, combining with Marco Reus. Before Haland finish Schalke off with poachers finish.
This was the type of win Dortmund needed to help give them confidence and allow them to have an outside chance now of making the top four. They have now looked convincing in both the Sevilla game and this game against Schalke, albeit there are still some creases for them to iron out, but they are looking like a better outfit already.
Whereas for Schalke, it is bleak. They are free falling to the 2.Bundesliga and will mean they must begin preparing for their life in the German second tier. This means a lot of their high potential players on loan such as Weston McKennie and Ozcan Kabak will both have to be sold, probably at a cut price to help them build the squad for a promotion push.
- FSV Mainz 05 are making an escape from the bottom two. After a very poor start to the season which left them languishing 17th just above Schalke, they have been able to pick up their results in recent games. Although they are still 17th, after results at the weekend they leave themselves four points off 14th and with the form they have been in, they could be considered favourites for their upcoming games. It could mean that at the end of the season there is a bottom three of Schalke, Hertha Berlin and FC Koln.
- Wolfsburg have shown why they are one of the surprise outfits of this season as they moved up to third after a 3-0 win against Arminia Bielefeld, with two goals from Renato Steffen and Maximilian Arnold producing a fine long range effort. But the stand-out player of late has been Maxence Lacroix, the 20-year old has produced some fine defensive displays and is one of the key reasons why Wolfsburg are where they are in the table. He is definitely a player to look out for and should be touted by bigger teams in the future.