Bundesliga: Takeaways from Week 3


Right here’s RB Leipzig: Tied atop the Bundesliga desk after three matchdays and maybe unfortunate to not be 3-0 following xG wins in three matches.

Granted Leipzig has hosted and crushed two canines in Mainz and Schalke — each have modified coaches — and drawn Bayer Leverkusen away, however the convincing nature of their wins offers hopes that the post-Timo Werner period might be alright.

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The membership’s run to the Champions League semifinals put a constructive spin on a season that sputtered after the coronavirus pause; Julian Nagelsmann’s males solely misplaced certainly one of 9 matches when the Bundesliga returned but in addition drew 4 together with dropped factors towards Paderborn and Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Additionally they offered Timo Werner, which maybe wasn’t an enormous deal when you think about that Leipzig introduced nearly everybody else again together with the highest performers of final season: Christopher Nkunku, Dayot Upamecano, Nordi Mukiele, Marcel Sabitzer, and Marcel Halstenberg.

Leipzig added Turkish Tremendous Lig main scorer Alexander Sorloth and Salzburg star Hee-chan Hwang, additionally touchdown Justin Kluivert on mortgage simply on Deadline Day.

Now Bayern additionally managed to smash the switch window, too, with Leroy Sane’s huge price ticket joined by additions of Bouna Sarr, Marc Roca, and a mortgage for Douglas Costa, however its sale of metronome Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool is a query mark.

A match-up with fellow sizzling starters Augsburg comes after the break, then it’s Hertha Berlin, Gladbach, and Freiburg. No straightforward ones in there however purpose to suppose 9-12 factors ought to arrive within the factors column.

Leipzig isn’t anybody’s darling in Germany as a consequence of its standing as an enormous cash, fast riser by the league system, however there’s little doubt that there’s a load of expertise within the squad that survived the switch window. And so long as mastermind Nagelsmann stays with Leipzig, there’s hope for a title battle.

People Overseas

— Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna arrange two Erling Haaland targets and one other for Emre Can because the 17-year-old saved placing his identify in Participant of the Week consideration for BVB.

— Bayern’s Chris Richards made his first Bundesliga begin at proper again and assisted certainly one of Lewandowski’s 4 targets in the bonkers affair between the champs and Hertha Berlin. Richards had three key passes over his 65 minutes, passing at 90 % and finishing all three of his crosses.

— Stuttgart supervisor Pellegrino Matarazzo obtained a outcome for the second-straight week as his promoted aspect drew Bayer Leverkusen at dwelling.

— Tyler Adams didn’t play for RB Leipzig with a minor again harm.

— Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent went 81 minutes with one key move however simply 27 touches because the hosts had little or no of the ball however managed a 1-0 draw over new boys Arminia.

— John Brooks of Wolfsburg (see Group of the Week under for stats) was distinctive in a scoreless draw with unbeaten Augsburg. Wolfsburg has allowed one objective within the 4 matches he performed this season, bowing out of the Europa League at AEK Athens with Brooks on the bench.

— Eintracht Frankfurt’s Timothy Chandler performed three minutes late in a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

— U.S. eligible Norwegian youth worldwide Julian Ryerson went 21 minutes with two clearances, an interception, and a deal with in Union Berlin’s huge win over Mainz.

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Participant of the Week

Robert Lewandowski was named UEFA Champions League Participant of the Yr at midweek and responded by staking Bayern Munich to a 2-0 lead over Hertha Berlin, then scoring two extra impasse breakers within the win.

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Group of the Week

Pavlenka (Bremen)

Can (Dortmund)—Brooks (Wolfsburg)—Schlotterbeck (Union)—Halstenberg (Leipzig)

Aranguiz (Leverkusen)

Nkunku (Leipzig) — Cunha (Hertha) — Reyna (Dortmund)

Haaland (Dortmund) — Lewandowski (Bayern)

  • Wolfsburg has now allowed only one objective in three Bundesliga outings and its heart again depth is so good that Josuha Guilavogui went from final week’s Group of the Week at CB to defensive mid. That works when USMNT again John Brooks and Maxence Lacroix are bossing issues behind him. Brooks was barely higher, hitting 11-of-17 lengthy balls with 5 clearances, two interceptions, and two tackles.

  • Union Berlin’s 20-year-old Freiburg loanee Nico Schlotterbeck was the stat collector of the week in a 4-0 shutout of Mainz, racking up six tackles and 5 interceptions whereas successful 10-of-14 duels and passing at 89 %.

Matchday 3

Union Berlin 4-0 Mainz
Kolk 1-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
Stuttgart 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Hoffenheim
Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Freiburg
Werder Bremen 1-0 Arminia Bielefeld
RB Leipzig 4-0 Schalke
Wolfsburg 0-0 Augsburg
Bayern Munich 4-3 Hertha Berlin

Matchday 4 schedule

Mainz v Bayer Leverkusen — 9:30 am ET Oct. 17
Hoffenheim v Borussia Dortmund — 9:30 am ET Oct. 17
Augsburg v RB Leipzig — 9:30 am ET Oct. 17
Hertha Berlin v Stuttgart — 9:30 am ET Oct. 17
Freiburg v Werder Bremen — 9:30 am ET Oct. 17
Arminia v Bayern Munich — 12:30 pm ET Oct. 17
Borussia Monchengladbach v Wolfsburg — 2:30 pm ET Oct. 17
Koln v Eintracht Frankfurt — 9:30 am ET Oct. 18
Schalke v Union Berlin — Midday ET Oct. 18


Bundesliga: Takeaways from Week 3 initially appeared on NBCSports.com



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