bundesliga.com rounds up the five biggest stories to emerge from the latest round of Bundesliga matches.
It had been billed as David vs. Goliath, but any hopes of Eintracht Braunschweig pulling off a major shock at last season’s quadruple winners were dashed after just 111 seconds when opened the scoring for FC Bayern München with his sixth goal of the season. The Dutchman got his seventh on the half-hour mark and, although Bayern were far from their best, it was nonetheless a comfortable victory for Pep Guadiola’s men, who remain four points clear at the top .
Borussia Dortmund rounded off an excellent week with victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the Coface Arena. Jürgen Klopp’s charges had suffered two consecutive Bundesliga defeats prior to Saturday’s encounter with the 46-year-old’s former club, but a spectacular Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang free-kick and two Robert Lewandowski penalties sealed a 3-1 win, proving they are still very much in the title race despite last weekend’s der Klassiker defeat to Bayern.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen also reaffirmed their title credentials with a comfortable victory over 1. FC Nürnberg, banishing the demons of their midweek UEFA Champions League defeat to Manchester United FC. Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypiä will be delighted with his side’s response to that defeat, but Gertjan Verbeek’s Nürnberg remain in deep trouble at the foot of the Bundesliga table and without a win this season. Der Club fans will be wondering where their first win is coming from.
There seems to be no stopping Borussia Mönchengladbach in front of their own fans. The Foals' narrow 1-0 win win over struggling SC Freiburg on Sunday evening was their seventh straight home victory - a new club record - and their fifth consecutive win in the league. Lucien Favre's team have the opportunity to extend their winning run at home to FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 15. The Royal Blues, who beat VfB Stuttgart 3-0, will provide a stern test for Favre's side.
1899 Hoffenheim, meanwhile, lived up to their reputation as the 2013/14 Bundesliga entertainers as they twice gave away a two-goal lead to draw 4-4 with SV Werder Bremen. It may not have been the first eight-goal thriller Hoffenheim have been involved in this season (they lost 6-2 to VfB Stuttgart at the beginning of September), but Saturday’s thriller was just as entertaining. Head coach Markus Gisdol, however, will be pulling his hair out over his side’s inability to hold onto a seemingly comfortable lead.