Can any­one stop Bay­ern or Borus­sia?

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

EVEN miss­ing sev­eral stars, Bay­ern Mu­nich proved they can win ugly, Borus­sia Dort­mund posted an­other big vic­tory and Werder Bremen be­came the first club to sack their coach this sea­son.

Here are five things we learned from week three in the Bundesliga:

Out­stand­ing Neuer key for Bay­ern Ill­ness to de­fend­ers Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Mats Hum­mels and for­ward Thomas Mueller meant Bay­ern coach Carlo Ancelotti rang the changes for their Septem­ber 17 3-1 come­back win against In­gol­stadt.

Paraguay striker Dario Lez­cano scored af­ter just eight min­utes, but goals by Robert Le­wandowski, Xabi Alonso and Rafinha pre­served Bay­ern’s 100 per­cent record.

Ancelotti praised his side’s char­ac­ter, but Ger­many cap­tain Manuel Neuer, rock solid in Bay­ern’s goal, was their hero.

He twice de­nied In­gol­stadt’s Mathew Leckie from close range, in­clud­ing a su­perb save just af­ter the break, as the vis­i­tors cre­ated 13 chances com­pared to Bay­ern’s 10.

“Thank god we have Manuel Neuer in goal,” said Rafinha.

An­other ten­nis score for Dort­mund Fresh from last week’s 6-0 Cham­pi­ons League drub­bing of Le­gia War­saw, Borus­sia Dort­mund ran up an­other ten­nis score in their 6-0 ham­mer­ing at home to Darm­stadt.

The 12 goals from 10 dif­fer­ent play­ers came af­ter coach Thomas Tuchel left stars Mario Goetze and Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang on the bench against Darm­stadt.

“It would be nice if a 6-0 win be­comes our stan­dard re­sult,” quipped Dort­mund’s Ger­many mid­fielder Julian Weigl.

Their shock 1-0 de­feat at newly pro­moted RB Leipzig last week­end means Dort­mund have six points from a pos­si­ble nine.

Tuchel warns they face tougher chal­lenges at Wolfs­burg to­day and Freiburg at home on Septem­ber 23 be­fore host­ing Real Madrid in a plum Cham­pi­ons League group stage tie on Septem­ber 27.

Dort­mund for­ward

“We were clear favourites [against Le­gia and Darm­stadt] and will be tested [to­day] and [Septem­ber 23],” said Tuchel.

Skrip­nik first to be sacked Vik­tor Skrip­nik be­came the first Ger­man league coach to be sacked this sea­son af­ter Werder Bremen leaked three goals in 21 min­utes in their 4-1 de­feat at Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach.

The re­sult was the fi­nal straw for Bremen’s bosses and Skrip­nik’s twoyear ten­ure was ended on Septem­ber 18 af­ter his team had leaked 14 goals over four con­sec­u­tive de­feats – the worst start to a sea­son in the club’s his­tory.

Un­der-23 coach Alexan­der Nouri will stand-in as first-team coach un­til a suc­ces­sor is found for the league games at home to Mainz to­mor­row and Wolfs­burg away on Septem­ber 24, and top pri­or­ity is fix­ing the leaky de­fence.

Leipzig on the charge Red Bull-backed RB Leipzig are un­pop­u­lar with Ger­man fans for the com­mer­cial­ism they rep­re­sent, but Ralf Rang­nick’s young guns carved out an­other im­pres­sive re­sult with a 4-0 win at Ham­burg with four sec­ond­half goals.

“We lost 4-0 to Leipzig. That says it all. I’m sorry for each of us who had to wear our colours to­day,” fumed Ham­burg’s Ger­many mid­fielder Lewis Holtby.

Formed in 2009, Leipzig earned their Bundesliga place with four pro­mo­tions in seven years.

Hav­ing drawn 2-2 at Hof­fen­heim on their de­but in Ger­many’s top flight, Leipzig shocked Borus­sia Dort­mund 1-0 last week­end in their first home game.

With seven points from their first three games, they face a test at home to Cham­pi­ons League side Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach to­mor­row.

‘It was def­i­nitely a good early birth­day present to get the goal. I’m very ex­cited to go with my friends [to see Justin Bieber] on my birth­day.’

Michael Pulisic

Dream week for Bieber-fan Pulisic Chris­tian Pulisic turned 18 on Septem­ber 18 and Borus­sia Dort­mund’s US in­ter­na­tional showed his ju­nior years by re­veal­ing he was cel­e­brat­ing an out­stand­ing week on the pitch with tick­ets to see Justin Bieber in con­cert.

He be­came Borus­sia Dort­mund’s youngest player in the Cham­pi­ons League when he started in the 6-0 away vic­tory over Le­gia War­saw last week, then net­ted in Dort­mund’s 6-0 drub­bing of Darm­stadt in the Bundesliga.

“It was def­i­nitely a good early birth­day present to get the goal,” Pulisic told Bundesliga.com.

“I’m very ex­cited to go with my friends [to see Justin Bieber] on my birth­day.” –

Photo: AFP

Dort­mund’s US mid­fielder Chris­tian Pulisic cel­e­brates dur­ing the Ger­man first di­vi­sion Bundesliga foot­ball match of Borus­sia Dort­mund vs SV Darm­stadt 98 in Dort­mund.

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