Summary

  • Leipzig are three points clear at the top.
  • They are one of two unbeaten teams, along with Hoffenheim.
  • Ralph Hasenhüttl's side have won six games in a row.

RB Leipzig's record-breaking start to life in the Bundesliga continued on Matchday 11, as they made the most of FC Bayern München's defeat in Der Klassiker to snatch top spot in the table.

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It may look like an anomaly on paper, but there are actually plenty of reasons why Leipzig deserve to be leading the way this season. bundesliga.com takes a closer look...

Watch: Highlights of Leipzig's come-from-behind victory over Leverkusen

1) They are record breakers

No promoted side had ever gone 11 games unbeaten at the start of a Bundesliga campaign. Friday's 3-2 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen changed that, guaranteeing Leipzig a place in the history books.

2) They are on a hot streak

Leipzig made it six wins on the bounce on Matchday 11, which is the best run of form for any team in the Bundesliga this season. With eight victories and three draws, they sit three points ahead of champions Bayern at the top.

3) They are doing their region proud

Leipzig are the first team from the eastern state of Saxony to ever top the Bundesliga. With their vociferous supporters behind them, they have an excellent record on home soil this term, with four wins and a draw in five league outings.

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4) They are formidable on the road

Leipzig are also the best away team in the Bundesliga, having picked up 14 points from a possible 18. They claimed their third straight victory on the road in Leverkusen, and can make it four in a row when they head to SC Freiburg for the opening game of Matchday 12.

5) They can also come from behind

Leipzig have opened the scoring in nine of their 11 outings this season. In fact, Kevin Kampl's early opener for Leverkusen was the first time they had fallen behind in a game since Matchday 1, when they battled to a 2-2 draw at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Not that it mattered. Hasenhüttl's charges showed they also have the resilience and belief to turn things around when the going gets tough, twice coming from a goal down to prevail 3-2 against Bayer.

6) They go the extra mile

Leipzig top the Bundesliga's running charts, with their team covering an average of 116.4 kilometres per game. That means they have popped up with no fewer than seven goals in the final 15 minutes, after wearing down their opponents. Only Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 have scored more goals in the same period.

7) They have Fantastic Forsberg

Swedish international Emil Forsberg has been the driving force behind Leipzig's attack this season, notching up five goals and five assists. The 25-year-old is often at the heart of RB's devastating counter-attacks, and he's enjoying a particularly rich vein of form, with two goals and three assists in his last two games.

Watch: Forsberg praises goalkeeper Peter Gulasci after his penalty-saving heroics against Leverkusen:

8) They know how to adapt

Leipzig's high-octane style is based on intense pressing and fast transitional play, but they can also adapt their game plan if necessary. Furthermore, Hasenhüttl knows when to stick or twist – his substitutes have scored seven goals this season, more than any other team in the Bundesliga.

9) They are solid at the back

Leipzig had the best defence in Bundesliga 2 last season, conceding just 32 goals in 34 games. In the Bundesliga they are joint-third best (with Eintracht Frankfurt), having conceded nine in 11 outings. They have only let their opponents have 96 attempts on goal all season, which is approaching Bayern levels (79). 

10) They are young and fearless

The average age of Leipzig's starting eleven this season has been just over 24 years of age. Hasenhüttl has a whole host of bright young things at his disposal, including Timo Werner (20), Marcel Sabitzer (22), Yussuf Poulsen (22) and Naby Keita (21). In fact, defender Marvin Compper (31) is the only player in his thirties to have played for Leipzig all season.

Forsberg (l.) and Werner (r.) are spearheading the Leipzig attack with five goals each.

The current Bundesliga leaders proved as early as Matchday 2 that they should not be underestimated, after claiming a historic first Bundesliga win over Dortmund. Their future opponents are unlikely to make the same mistake.

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