Cologne – There is no let-up in the Bundesliga with Matchday 7 following hot on the heels of Matchday 6, and promising even more emotion and excitement.
bundesliga.com provides all the pertinent details with a guide of what to look out for this weekend.
Lewandowski 'on fire'
Following his record-breaking five-goal salvo in midweek, all the talk has been about Robert Lewandowski, who FC Bayern München coach Pep Guardiola hopes will go from strength to strength when he takes his side to 1. FSV Mainz 05. The Catalan coach made a comparison with USA basketball star Stephen Curry. "It's like in the NBA – three-pointer, three-pointer, three-pointer!" Guardiola said. "I don't think we're going to witness anything like it again in our lifetimes. Thanks for that. I hope he continues to score many more goals for us." Watch out for the Poland international this Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST / 13:30 GMT), when Mainz try to find a way to stop him. "He's on fire!" added Guardiola.
Tuchel delight at Dortmund's anger
After winning 11 games in a row, the first dropped points can be a bit of a downer, but Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is delighted with his side's reaction to their 1-1 draw at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in midweek. "It was a good sign that we were annoyed," Tuchel said. "But we mustn't feel like losers – we've got to find a balance." Dortmund will be looking to bounce back when they host SV Darmstadt 98 in the final game of Matchday 7 on Sunday (kick-off 17:30 CEST / 15:30 GMT), to try to keep Bayern in sight at the top of the standings.
While many had the pleasure of witnessing Lewandowski's monstrous scoring spree on Wednesday, it was not such a pleasant sight for Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking (r.). Just when it seemed they were set to complete a hat-trick of wins over the record champions and put a cat among the Bundesliga pigeons, their dreams were shattered. At least for a few days. On Saturday, they recommence their pursuit of Bayern with a Lower Saxony derby against Hannover 96 – a side who have lost their last five and consequently slumped to the foot of the table. The stakes are therefore very high for both sides.
Bremen then Barca for Bayer
Bayer 04 Leverkusen snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Mainz in midweek, but that has not yet shifted the storm clouds. Before Roger Schmidt's men can go to rub shoulders with FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, there is the not-so-small matter of a trip to SV Werder Bremen with midfielder Christoph Kramer critical of his own performances so far this season. "I've been poor," said Germany's World Cup winner to the Bild newspaper. "I've got to be honest with myself and recognise that I've never been as bad as I have been so far this season." See if things change for the 24-year-old and Leverkusen this weekend.
Borussia glad to be back
They say a change is as good as a rest and that certainly seemed to be the case for a revitalised Borussia Mönchengladbach in midweek. Under the guidance of caretaker coach Andre Schubert, they needed just 21 minutes of Robert-Lewandowski-eat-your-heart-out football to pave the way to their first win of the season against FC Augsburg. Four goals and plenty of optimism ahead of their trip to VfB Stuttgart, who also celebrated picking up their first points of the season in midweek: a battle of the league's two slow starters at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.