Among the highlights in this week's edition of GOAL! The Bundesliga Magazine:
Bayern Munich can extend their new record season start to nine straight wins with another three points against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Sunday and one man aiming to help them ensure the visitors depart the Allianz Arena empty-handed will be in-form forward Thomas Müller. The 23-year-old is back to his world-beating best, after first making his mark in the team under Louis van Gaal in 2009/10. The Golden Boot winner at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Müller had an up-and-down season last time out, but he is once again firing on all cylinders and has already bagged six goals in the league.
Fresh off the back of their Revierderby defeat to FC Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund head south for a tricky encounter with SC Freiburg. Already twelve points behind league leaders Bayern Munich, Jürgen Klopp's men have it all do to, although they can take heart from their double-winning efforts of last season, which saw them overturn a nine-point deficit at the top and successfully defend their crown. Only a single point separates the sides in the standings, with die Breisgauer climbing to seventh place following a 2-0 win at new cellar-dwellers VfL Wolfsburg last time out.
Three minutes with...
...Jakub Blaszczykowski. How Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp could do with the services of his goal-getting midfielder right now. The Polish international has been missing since picking up an ankle ligament injury at Hannover on Matchday 7 and will once more have to watch from the sidelines for the game against Freiburg. In interview with GOAL! The Bundesliga magazine, Poland's skipper talks about his hopes for the season ahead.
Taking up the baton from former Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa, Japanese trio Takashi Inui, Hiroshi Kiyotake and Takashi Usami have been among the Bundesliga's stand-out performers thus far. Inui has been integral to Eintracht Frankfurt's flying start, while Kiyotake and Usami have both put in notable performances for 1. FC Nuremberg and 1899 Hoffenheim respectively. Former Germany international Guido Buchwald has extensive first-hand knowledge of the game in Japan and he gives us the lowdown on the fresh crop of emerging talents.