As ever, bundesliga.com is on hand to round-up the main discussion points from another pulsating weekend of top-flight action...
After admitting that his first six months in the Bundesliga hadn't quite gone to plan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan served up the kind of performance expected of him following his move from FC Shakhtar Donetsk. BVB's record signing put an end to a run of 1,066 minutes without a goal with a brace in the 5-1 win over Bremen, whilst covering more ground than any other player (12.04km) and completing 80 per cent of his passes. Renditions of 'Hey Mickey!' will undoubtedly be flooding Dortmund's club scene.
Gertjan Verbeek's 1. FC Nürnberg proved that "FC Bayern München sit on the toilet just like everyone else", but what the Dutch head coach failed to mention in his pre-match press conference was that the record titleholders' loo is of the golden variety. The Bavarian bragging rights may have gone to Philipp Lahm - who scored for the first time in 95 games - and Co., but Bayern didn't have it all their own way, enjoying just58 per cent possession.
After sitting pretty in the UEFA Champions League qualification spots during the winter break, the wheels look to be coming off for Lucien Favre's Foals. The 1-0 defeat to Bayer 04 Leverkusen means that Gladbach have now lost their opening three Rückrunde for the first time ever in the Bundesliga. Work ethic aside - Borussia covered more distance than any other team on Matchday 20 (122.3km) - the Foals must get themselves back on track or risk falling further adrift of the top four.
Without a goal to their name in 2014, and having suffered six consecutive defeats for the first time in their uninterrupted 51-season Bundesliga history following the 3-0 loss at home to Hertha Berlin, it's hard to pinpoint what the biggest source of Hamburger SV's turmoil is. Head coach Bert van Marwijk had some strong suggestions though. "Our inability to defend, in my opinion, is to do with a lack of quality, both physically and mentally," said the former Netherlands coach.
Who would have thought it? A clinically-achieved 4-1 victory on their short trip west to fellow Swabians VfB Stuttgart made it eight games unbeaten for modest FC Augsburg. It was also the first time they managed to net four goals in 45 Bundesliga away games. Far from battling the drop as many pundits had predicted, Markus Weinzierl’s (l., with midfielder Daniel Baier) charges now find themselves just a couple of points shy of a UEFA Europa League berth.