Borussia Mönchengladbach's Marcus Thuram: "No title favourite in the Bundesliga"
Marcus Thuram is not reading too much into Borussia Mönchengladbach's table-topping exploits, in a league where the Frenchman says "everybody can beat everybody".
Thuram scored his sixth goal of the season on Matchday 13 as Gladbach restored their one-point advantage over second-placed RB Leipzig with an impressive 4-2 win at home to Freiburg, themselves only six points off the pace in sixth.
The Foals last topped the table at this juncture back in 1985/86 - to put that into perspective, Marcus's 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 UEFA Euro-winning father, Lillian, was still only 13 at the time - only to finish the campaign down in fourth. Bayern Munich, third after 13 matches, took the title, with Werder Bremen and Bayer Uerdingen completing the top three.
Thuram's team-leading six goals and five assists have Gladbach firmly in the hunt for German club football's top prize once again, but the Frenchman is refusing to get too carried away.
"Everyone beats everyone in the Bundesliga," Thuram told bundesliga.com after Gladbach's win over Freiburg. "So I think if there's one league where there's not a favourite [for the title], it's the Bundesliga."
Thuram is not wrong. The 13th week of the 2019/20 Bundesliga season threw up drama across the board as Gladbach bounced back from a shock defeat to promoted Union Berlin to edge a keenly contested encounter with surprise package Freiburg, while defending champions Bayern were beaten at home by Bayer Leverkusen.
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"Bayern can lose one day, win the other day," Thuram added. "Union can win, and then lose, I don't think there's a lot of logic to this league, and that's a good thing. Everyone can beat everyone, so we'll see at the end of the season."
For Gladbach, it's a similar story. Marco Rose's side have already faced Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig this season, losing on both occasions. While they remain top of the table, the Foals know they will have to earn points in games against their closest rivals as the season progresses with the next chance to do that when Bayern visit Borussia-Park on Matchday 14.
It will be the first time that Gladbach have faced Bayern as league leaders since Matchday 17 of the 1976/77 season, and a win for the home side would put them seven points clear of the defending champions with three games left before the winter break.
"Next weekend it'll be Bayern at Borussia-Park, it's be another big and important game for us," Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer said after the Freiburg win. "We want to take it one step at a time. It's another week, and another tough opponent."
Gladbach lifted the last of their five Bundesliga titles in 1976/77. Victory over Bayern would be another significant step towards a sixth.
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