bundesliga.com rounds up the five biggest talking points from the latest round of matches...
The term 'seventh heaven' is defined as 'a state of intense happiness or bliss' - a feeling FC Bayern München fans can presumably relate to at the moment. The Bavarians made it 40 consecutive Bundesliga games without defeat with a 7-0 win over SV Werder Bremen. The win was inspired by the returning Franck Ribery, a man who, after the extension of the FIFA Ballon d'Or voting deadline, seems to be using each performance to further his case to lift football's most prestigious individual prize. The Frenchman will rightly take the plaudits, but this was another superb team display from Pep Guardiola's men.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund will perhaps be the moment when die Werkself usurped die Schwarz-Gelben as the Bundesliga's second power in 2013/14. Sami Hyypiä's men are now six points clear of Jürgen Klopp's, and only four points behind Bayern. The performance was professional and assured, and since their 5-0 UEFA Champions League humbling at the hands of Manchester United FC, Leverkusen have won every game.
Dortmund, on the other hand, have problems. The club are in the midst of a veritable injury crisis, with no fewer than six first-choice players out for the foreseeable future, as well as one suspended. Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic, Marcel Schmelzer, Ilkay Gündogan, Nuri Sahin and Sven Bender are all out injured, while Sokratis is sin-binned after his late red card against Leverkusen. With a crunch UEFA Champions League tie against Olympique de Marseille coming up on Wednesday, Klopp could do with some good news.
It was two degrees in a wet and windy Hamburg on Saturday afternoon, but more frustrating to the legions who converged on the Imtech Arena is the way Hamburger SV seem to blow hot and cold. The 1-0 defeat to FC Augsburg was their fourth home loss in seven, and with Augsburg registering double Hamburg's eight attempts on goal, it was hardly undeserved. There is plenty of hope for Bert van Marwijk, not least with their abundance of young talent, but their inconsistency at home is severely damaging their dreams of a European challenge.
One team who remain in the hunt for a place in Europe are Hertha Berlin, after the 'Old Lady' recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over lowly Eintracht Braunschweig in Matchday 15's final encounter. While Berlin's win lifted the capital club to seventh in the table, Braunschweig remain rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga. Last season's promoted teams continue to enjoy contrasting fortunes in the top flight which, considering Hertha's recent top-flight experience, is perhaps not entirely unexpected. There's still plenty of time for Torsten Lieberknecht's team to turn things around, however.