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Bundesliga matchday 11 talking points

BUNDESLIGA ROUND-UP: Leipzig the next Leicester? Hapless Hamburg, Misfiring Muller, and more from matchday 11

November 21, 2016 By Michelle Bonsu
This weekend brought plenty of thrills, spills, and surprises in the Bundesliga and LiveSoccerTV.com provides an in-depth look at all the action from across Germany.

Hamburg: It's bound to happen at some point...right? Right?!

Two. That is the number of teams in Europe's "Big 5" leagues (Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, and Ligue 1) who have yet to win a game this season. Hamburg makes one half of this unfortunate pair. The other is Granada over in Spain. At one point, the number of sides in this category was three prior to Serie A debutant Crotone beating Chievo, but they now have departed the "winless group". In any case, one can't help but feel sorry for Hamburg, who, to date are the only side who have never been relegated from the Bundesliga.

Dire: Hamburg have just three points from their first 11 matches and face an uphill battle to stay afloat

The past few seasons have seen them really ride their luck. Will they manage another great escape this time around? Only time will tell, but they really need to get going if they want to have a fighting shot.

Can Leipzig be Germany's Leicester?

In 2008, RB Leipzig were not in the top flight. Nor were they in the second tier...or third tier. In fact, here's something that will shock most: they didn't even exist! That's right, the team now leading the Bundesliga were not even created. Die Bullen were founded in May 2009, and flash-forward seven years later, they are mixing it up with sides like Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

A lot of people were far from  happy to see them get this far, but they are here. And they are not going anywhere. RB Leipzig have more than made the Bundesliga their home and have shocked everyone by clawing their way to the top of the heap. Meanwhile, along the way, they have set some records:

In addition, they are also the first newly promoted side to go through 11 rounds unbeaten in the Bundesliga. Just as Leicester City shocked the Premier League "establishment", Leipzig are showing they can more than handle themselves on the bigger stage. They have gone toe-to-toe with their opponents and keep coming out on top:

After seeing Bayern run away with the last four league titles, neutrals who vehemently opposed Leipzig just may start to embrace them - especially if they can keep the title race way more open than in previous seasons. Leicester were last year's Cinderella tale, and maybe, just maybe, we may see the same story taking place in Germany this May.

Misfiring Muller's growing frustration

What on earth is going on with Thomas Muller? First was his disappointing showing at this past summer's EURO tournament in which he failed to open his account. Now he's facing the worst scoring drought of his entire professional career. The player himself may not admit it, but he was seething after failing to score against San Marino. After all - without sounding disrespectful, of course - the minnows are the perfect opponent for any attacker to pad his stats!

Frustration: Muller has yet to score in 11 Bundesliga games this season...which is over 700 minutes of action

Ironically, Muller's first ever professional goals were against Dortmund back in 2009. No such luck for him this past Saturday. Although he has scored in the DFL-Supercup and the Champions League, the Bundesliga is an entirely other story all-together. Last month, he decided to "retire" from spot-kick duties after missing an opportunity against Augsburg in the DFL-Pokal, which was his fifth since August 2015.

Normally a game decider in matches like Saturday's Der Klassiker affair, Muller cut a frustrated figure throughout. Carlo Ancelotti will hope that his star man will get out of this rut - and quickly - as they now will have to chase down Leipzig who sit alone at the top of the table.

 

 


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