You can hardly imagine how much fun Bayern players are watching the Bundesliga. Okay, with BVB’s defeat in Gladbach, one or the other would certainly understand. Gladbach, difficult to play, especially after taking the lead, you can lose there. But that on Saturday Leipzig in Mainz and Leverkusen also scored zero points against Wolfsburg – in Munich-Grünwald or in Bogenhausen or at Tegernsee the bag of chips could fall out of your hand with joy if one of these professional athletes were to eat chips but only do in advertising.
FC Bayern will play against Schalke 04 on Sunday, and the eternal laws of this sport require that this game must also be played first. But even if the sky fell on their heads in Munich and Schalke won, they would still have a four point lead. In the more likely victory against the bottom of the table, it would be seven points.
The four-day crisis of FC Bayern between the cup in Kiel and the Bundesliga game against Freiburg seems to have been a long time ago, and especially in Dortmund they would of course like to suffer such “crises”. Because the current strength of Munich is mainly due to the weakness of the team, which should be the main competitor.
A lot has been written and said about BVB, but against Gladbach you saw the whole tragedy of this team again. Two brilliantly played goals, completed by Erling Haaland, who is striving for world class – four goals conceded at the same time, including three according to standards from the must-not-concede category. After the draw against Mainz and the defeat against Leverkusen, it was the third winless game in a row. Everything seemed to be going well again after the 3-1 gala in Leipzig.
At BVB it is always worth taking a look at the big picture. For years, this team has been suffering from the starting position before each season that they actually have to attack FC Bayern, but this task can only be achieved if everything really works. This year BVB tried it with a very young team.
Two of Dortmund’s regulars are still too young to drive
Two regulars were 17 at the start of the season – Giovanni Reyna and Jude Bellingham. As a reminder, 17-year-olds are not yet allowed to drive a car alone. If two 20-year-old top performers (Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland) plus a 16-year-old Joker (Youssoufa Moukoko) are added, then that is anything but a normal age structure for a top team. At Bayern the youngest regular player Alphonso Davies is 20, at RB Leipzig Ibrahmia Konaté and Tyler Adams at 21.
So it was a risky undertaking from the start, and when the pillars that are supposed to hold the young team down gradually fall over, it will be difficult. Coach Lucien Favre had to leave first, the club hoped for an impulse from Edin Terzic, but it wasn’t that easy. In addition, the no longer outstanding, but still important stabilizer Axel Witsel injured himself on the Achilles tendon; Finally, the experienced regulars weakened, namely Mats Hummels against Leverkusen and goalkeeper Roman Bürki against Gladbach. There are too many construction sites at once, the result is seventh place.
As always, BVB can stand up thanks to the undeniably enormous technical quality of the team. The offensive can play out any opponent on good days, the lead in individual class over Wolfsburg, Leverkusen and Mönchengladbach is clear. That should at least be enough for the Champions League qualification, and if this does not succeed either, the – then probably new – BVB coach no longer has to go into the next season with the burden of the Bayern challenger.