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Five Things we learned from Bundesliga Match-day Six

October 1, 2012 By Samrin Hasib
Bayern continues to lead the way in the Bundesliga. They won once again while Frankfurt also won to stay close behind in second.

For Bremen, matches seemingly last 80 minutes:

Thomas Schaaf’s side just does not possess the ability to see out a match. They fared very well against Bayern for 80 minutes of their match. They, unlike any other side this term, were about to hold Bayern to a draw. Schaaf’s side played the game in the correct manner too. There was little space between the defence and the midfield. They played a very ‘compact’ game and hardly allowed the Bayern players any realistic chances.

Bremen failed to take their chances but couldn’t deny Bayern when the Bavarians started roaring. Luiz Gustavo scored in the 81st minute and was soon joined by Mario Mandzukic on the scorers’ board. While the performance of Bremen surely impressed Schaaf, he will definitely be furious about the fact that his side once again fell prey to late goals.

Borussia Mönchengladbach is suffering after the exploits of last season:

Last season, Borussia Dortmund had to fight to earn any points against Gladbach. This season, Gladbach was extraordinarily kind to them in their first meeting. Dortmund and Marco Reus in particular tore through the Gladbach defence at will. The performance by Gladbach was not one worthy of a Bundesliga contender.

Gladbach possesses the players required to contend for the title. They contain the perfect coach in Lucien Favre too. Unfortunately, last season, Gladbach relied on a style which they cannot rely on this season. They played wonderful counter-attacking football. Currently, without Marco Reus and the extremely tough Roman Neustadter, Gladbach has to change their style of play.

However, Favre needs to find a way to win soon because Gladbach is sinking deeper into trouble with only one win to their name this season along with two draws, both of which were lucky ones because the opposition missed penalties.

Düsseldorf shows they are more than just a good defensive side:

Fortuna was the only side which had not conceded coming into match-day six. Schalke posed an altogether different threat when compared to the teams they had played so far. As expected, Schalke raced into a two goal lead. Düsseldorf however is a tough side and managed to do the unthinkable- peg back Schalke. Two strikes from Danny Schahin showed an altogether different side to Düsseldorf. Fortuna is here to fight and remains the only unbeaten side in the league alongside the two table toppers- Bayern and Frankfurt.


Magath needs to draw up new plans:

With each passing week, Wolfsburg’s troubles seem to increase. They were mauled 3-0 by Bayern in midweek and followed it up with a home loss against Mainz. Wolfsburg is yet to win after opening day and in all honesty, they should have picked up more wins because their fixture list for the first six matches wasn’t that difficult. Their only other point came in an ugly and forgettable draw against Augsburg.

‘Bulk-buying’ players isn’t a solution for Felix Magath any more. His team simply doesn’t know how to play the game. Magath needs to devise a new strategy to get his side some more points, because on current form, they and not the likes of Düsseldorf are destined for relegation.

Leverkusen’s Sidney Sam shows there is still life in him:

Sidney Sam was the talk of the town for the last two seasons at Leverkusen but has gone somewhat missing since then due to injury problems and a new coach. He showed exactly what he is capable of against Fürth on Saturday. Leverkusen was struggling to break Mike Büskens’ side down. In the second half, Sam was brought on and produced a memorable performance as he struck twice to hand his side the win. Sami Hyppia should consider using him more because Leverkusen will certainly require his skills as the season progresses.

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