As ever, bundesliga.com will be bringing you all the reaction from another gobsmacking weekend...
MATCHDAY 9 RESULTS
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-0 FC Bayern München
VfL Wolfsburg 3-0 1. FSV Mainz 05
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 FC Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Hannover 96
FC Augsburg 2-0 SC Freiburg
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 1-0 SC Paderborn 07
Hertha Berlin 3-0 Hamburger SV
Eintracht Frankfurt 4-5 VfB Stuttgart
SV Werder Bremen 0-1 1. FC Köln
Monday 27 October
We'll leave it there for our updates from Matchday 9, but to bring the weekend's action to a definitive close, check out our feature on the extraordinary development of Gladbach's Christoph Kramer, a man playing in Bundesliga 2 a little over a year ago but who is now a World Cup winner and fast becoming one of the Bundesliga's best midfielders. The 23-year-old is next in action on Wednesday against Frankfurt in the DFB Cup, round 2 of which begins on Tuesday. Enjoy!
French football legend Zinedine Zidane says he'd love to see Franck Ribery play for les Bleus again after the FC Bayern winger decided to hang up his international boots in the summer. "When you've got a player as talented as Ribery, it'd be great to see him in the team again." the Real Madrid reserve team coach told French TV station Canal+. "I hope Franck does a u-turn like I did [in 2004] and comes back. It'd be great for the team."
His goal drought may continue, but Kevin De Bruyne (pictured, r.) was once again one of Wolfsburg’s key figures in their 3-0 win against Mainz. No wonder Wolves' head coach Dieter Hecking (l.) was full of praise for the 23-year-old Belgian on Monday. “We should be happy about the fact that Kevin’s playing for us,” he said to sports magazine Kicker. “Kevin’s certainly one of the best to have played for Wolfsburg.”
Borussia Dortmund's plight also earned plenty of coverage with former Germany number one goalkeeper Oliver Kahn suggesting in the Bild newspaper that "[Ciro] Immobile does not fit into the concept" for the kind of forward Dortmund need to fill Robert Lewandowski's boots.
It's deeper than just that, according to the WAZ. "BVB are in a serious crisis," it says. "and the top clubs are yet to come." Business as usual for Jürgen Klopp: "We've got to win, no matter who our next opponents are."
There's no surprise about what is leading the agenda after Matchday 9 in the Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach turning back the clock, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, who say that their 70s rivalry with Bayern has been reignited. "They don't want to be the [Bayern] hunters - they want to be hunted themselves," said the Munich-based paper.
Kicker magazine also touched on how it was "like old times - a Fohlenelf on a par with Bayern."
Bayern München boss Pep Guardiola (l.) admitted "it's not easy to survive in this stadium and with this atmosphere" after the Bundesliga leaders' goalless draw away to Mönchengladbach at Borussia Park, while Bayer Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt was full of praise for his side after their 1-0 victory at home to Schalke.
Click here for more coaches' quotes from the ninth week of 2014/15 Bundesliga action...
Another clean sheet without a goal conceded for Manuel Neuer, another morale-sapping defeat for Roman Weidenfeller (r.) and Borussia Dortmund, the highest-scoring game of the season so far and a lot more: check out bundesliga.com’s exclusive Matchday 9 statistical review, summing up the best statistical tales to have emerged from the latest round of German top-flight action.
Gladbach head coach Lucien Favre was a happy man indeed after snatching a point against Bayern. “We defended well and committed few fouls,” said the Swiss tactician at the post-match press conference, highlighting his side’s second-half improvement. “I told my team to believe in themselves more at half-time and we did a really good job. We were very dangerous on the counter-attack and had a good balance between defence and attack.“
FIFPro World Goalkeeper of the Year Manuel Neuer was his outstanding self once again in Sunday’s Matchday 9 curtain closer, securing FC Bayern a goalless draw with a host of good saves at Mönchengladbach. “They had several chances,” the Germany No. 1 told bundesliga.com, adding: “There was something missing in our attempts going forward, we found it difficult creating clear-cut opportunities ourselves.”
Sunday 26 October
After the final whistle at Borussia-Park, Foals midfielder (l.) thought his side would have won "if Manuel Neuer hadn't been in goal", while Bayern captain believed the visitors "had the game under control".
Click here to find out what Neuer, Thomas Müller and Andre Hahn, among others, made of the encounter.
Pep at the press conference: "I'm very happy with our performance and the point. We'll do it all again on Wednesday." pic.twitter.com/27ZG1gxnle— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 26, 2014
Bayern remain top of the table and undefeated, but this evening's draw at Gladbach showed the rest of the league that the champions are fallible. Bayern, especially in the second half, were dominated by a fresh, energetic and dynamic Gladbach side, and owed much to Manuel Neuer that they took a point and a clean sheet from the Borussia-Park.
Hertha Berlin's 3-0 win over Hamburger SV on Saturday has come at a significant cost for the club from the capital. Double goalscorer Änis Ben-Hatira and Nico Schulz both picked up injuries in that game with coach Jos Luhukay on Sunday ruling them out of the DFB Cup tie with DSC Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen have announced they are likely to be without the services of defensive midfielder for the coming three months. The 25-year-old broke an eye socket in last night’s win against Schalke at the BayArena and will undergo surgery in Solingen next week.
Saturday 25 October
There have been eighteen goals so far on Matchday 9 of the Bundesliga, and half of those came in Stuttgart's victory over Frankfurt this afternoon. If anyone needed a reason to watch the Bundesliga, that was it! Don't forget to join us on Sunday for VfL Wolfsburg vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05 and (drumroll, please) Borussia Mönchengladbach vs. FC Bayern München. You won't want to miss that one. Bis morgen, everyone!
Click on the links below to read the players' thoughts on today's encounters at the Signal Iduna Park, the Commerzbank Arena and the BayArena:
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Hannover 96
Eintracht Frankfurt 4-5 VfB Stuttgart
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 FC Schalke 04
VfB Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibisevic has been ruled out for several weeks with a stress fracture in his right foot. The Baden-Württemberg club confirmed the news after their astonishing 5-4 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday afternoon.
SV Werder Bremen have announced the departure of head coach Robin Dutt with immediate effect. The 49-year-old has failed to guide die Grün-Weißen to a single league victory this season and leaves the club languishing at the foot of the Bundesliga table after nine matches. Werder's former Under-23 coach Viktor Skripnik has been installed as Dutt's successor at the Weser-Stadion.
Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp admits his side are "under pressure" ahead of this afternoon's encounter with Hannover 96. "If [they've] seen us lately, they'll be saying do a bit of defending and BVB will see to the rest," he joked. "We need to play a focussed game and tighten up at the back. We can't give anything more away."
Mönchengladbach winger Patrick Herrmann is under no illusions over the difficulty of his side's clash with pacesetters Bayern München in Matchday 9’s curtain closer. “To me they’re the strongest side in the world,” the 23-year-old told bundesliga.com. “We’ve played them a lot in the past few years and know we’ll have to be at our very best to beat them. But there’s nothing better then locking horns with the world’s best.”
Bremen head coach Robin Dutt admitted to feeling frustrated after the Green-Whites’ fifth defeat from nine games against Köln last night left the northerners still without victory in the current campaign. “I’m very disappointed we were unable to fight back from 1-0 down,” he said at the post-match press conference. “I wasn’t happy with our body language in the wake of that goal, but I believe in our team.”
Köln's goalscorer was a happy man after helping the Billy Goats to a narrow 1-0 victory away to struggling Bremen, while the hosts' captain Clemens Fritz admitted his side would "need to come together as a team".
Here's what else some of the key players had to say after the hard-fought Matchday 9 opener.
Friday 24 October
SV Werder Bremen remain at the foot of the Bundesliga table after Anthony Ujah's (pictured) second-half strike handed 1. FC Köln a 1-0 victory at the Weser-Stadion. The Billy Goats have now recorded back-to-back victories for the first time since 2011, but Bremen have yet to register a win this season, leaving head coach Robin Dutt under pressure going into Tuesday's DFB Cup game against Chemnitzer FC.
Borussia Mönchengladbach's World Cup winning midfielder Christoph Kramer is in bullish mood ahead of the Foals' match with FC Bayern on Sunday. The 23-year-old, who featured for Germany in their 2014 World Cup final victory over Argentina, accepts that the Bundesliga leaders are in a rich vein of form going onto the top-of-the-table match, but feels the Foals' are capable of extending their own unbeaten record against Pep Guardiola's charges. Click here to find out what Kramer had to say in an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com
1. FSV Mainz 05'S Jonas Hofmann, currently on loan from BVB, has undergone a successful operation on a knee injury sustained in last week's 2-1 win over FC Augsburg. Mainz posted this picture of the stricken star on their Facebook account. The 22-year-old doesn't look too downbeat, does he?
Head over here for our exclusive preview of Borussia Dortmund's match with Hannover 96. Jürgen Klopp's charges are flying in Europe, but have lost five of their eight league matches so far this term. Can BVB stop the rot at the Signal Iduna Park on Saturday?
Check out FIFA 15's prediction ahead of Sunday's top-of-the-table clash between Gladbach and FC Bayern...
A quick reminder that tonight's Matchday 9 curtain raiser between bottom-of-the-table SV Werder Bremen and 1. FC Köln is LIVE on Bundesliga radio. Fans of Germany's top flight have two more rip-roaring encounters to look forward to on radio this weekend, with Bayer 04 Leverkusen's game with FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern München's trip to second-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach also being broadcast.
Having lost their last three games, Hannover 96 head coach Tayfun Korkut is understandably keen to get his Reds back to winning ways at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. "We want to get a result, that much is clear," Korkut told kicker magazine. "We want to put a halt to our poor run of form - we have a chance to do just that in our next game." Hannover have lost to VfB Stuttgart, FC Bayern München and Borussia Mönchengladbach in their last three league encounters.
While Gladbach and Bayern round off Matchday 9 on Sunday evening, preceding them in the afternoon is Wolfsburg's clash with Mainz at the Volkswagen Arena. It's a fixture that has provided plenty of talking points over the years, such as when former Wolves star Martin Petrov (pictured) struck four times in a memorable encounter in 2004/05. Take a look for yourself in the video below, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official Youtube channel:
Ahead of Gladbach's match at home to Bayern on Sunday, Foals defender has had a tongue-in-cheek dig at the visitors. Speaking to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the centre-back said that on top of everything else - Bayern's unbeaten start to 2014/15 and a four point lead at the top of the Bundesliga standings - they've "now got the Pope's blessing too," he said, referring to Bayern's visit to the Vatican on Wednesday.
Happy Birthday, Ilkay Gündogan! pic.twitter.com/gOigezVUlF— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) October 24, 2014
's glittering CV may include the likes of European giants Chelsea FC and Real Madrid CF, but the Bayern winger told The Telegraph there’s nowhere quite like the German champs: “I have been in England, I have been in Spain, so I don’t have that desire, but that is all to do with the club I am with now. I am 100 per cent convinced I will stay here for a very long time,” the Dutchman said, adding: “Bayern are the best team, for sure, that I have played with.”
Borussia Mönchengladbach could move to within a point of Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München on Sunday with victory over the German record champions. Despite his side's positive start to the season, however, head coach Lucien Favre denied the unbeaten Foals were now a legitimate threat to Bayern's defence of the title. Click here for more.
These are fast becoming desperate times at Bremen, who find themselves staring into the abyss after a dreadful start to 2014/15. Robin Dutt's side have picked up just one point from their last 15 on offer and are still to win this season ahead of their Matchday 9 encounter at home to Köln on Friday evening. Goals haven't always been easy to come by for the visitors , meanwhile, although they netted two last time out to hand Dortmund their fifth league defeat of the campaign. Get the lowdown on tonight's encounter right here.