1. Torsten Fink is fired
It almost seemed inevitable in the end, after a dreadful start to this season Torsten Fink has paid the ultimate price and is out of a job. Although they’ve scored ten times they have conceded 15 goals in five games, a terrible record that leaves them just above the relegation play-off place.
The 6-2 loss against Dortmund was the final nail in the coffin as the defence looked all at sea throughout the contest. On another day it could have been in double figures had it not been for the crossbar or the occasional Rene Adler stop, although even he was at fault for two of the goals. They need a fresh start, they need to be much more solid at the back or this will be a very long season.
Dortmund, on the other hand, maintained their 100% record in superb style despite conceding twice. The front four of Lewandowski, Reus, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan were firing on all cylinders and it will give Jurgen Klopp plenty of confidence heading into their Champions League tie against Napoli.
2. Gustavo sees red again
Oddly enough it’s looking more and more like Wenger’s hesitance in going for Luiz Gustavo has worked as the Brazilian was sent off for the second time in three games. After an excellent debut, the defensive midfielder has become a little rash, picking up silly yellow cards leading to his dismissal. He will need to curb this to really be important to Wolfsburg, because it’s not helping the club with him being suspended.
The Wolves will be a little disappointed in their loss to Leverkusen because when they levelled they looked like they could at least get a point from the contest. Two wins and three losses is a below average start for Dieter Hecking’s side, who want to be pushing for Europe.
Leverkusen were impressive again, with Stefan Kiessling being the star of the show again. Whilst he’s out in the cold in terms of national duty, last season’s top scorer is in fine form again with four goals in five games. Although the side weren’t anywhere near their best against Manchester United on Tuesday, they’ll know that their campaign will be more focused on results at home as they try to progress in a strong group.
3. Volland turning heads again
It was announced this week the Mario Gomez would be out for six weeks and with only Miroslav Klose available to the national side for the final qualifiers, many are calling for Kevin Volland to get his chance. He turned heads again this weekend after a strong performance capped off with a great goal helped Hoffenheim win against Monchengladbach.
The U21 international looked dangerous all game, firing a shot from distance that worried Ter Stegen before taking a poor touch that lead to an exquisite finish that gave Hoffenheim the 2-0 lead before being pegged back by Hrgota. He should get a chance as he’s performing well in a side that looks drastically different from last season’s shambles.
Gladbach have been average so far but there is plenty of talent in the squad. There were defensive frailties at the weekend which need to be addressed if they are to push towards Europe this season, but Friday’s game against Braunschweig is the perfect game to bounce back in for Lucien Favre’s men.
4. Braunschweig get their first point
It’s taken them five games but finally an Eintracht Braunschweig player has scored in the Bundesliga. Omar Elabdellaoui grabbed a deserved equaliser for the Bundesliga new boys as the club also picked up their first point in a 1-1 draw against Nuremburg.
They put up a real fight in this one, creating plenty of chances but couldn’t find the net until the former Manchester City player popped up to stroke it into the bottom left corner. Again, they conceded a sloppy goal but they will be happy just to get off the mark, even though this is the kind of game they would need to win to have any chance to stay up.
Nuremburg are also in trouble after only managing three points in five games. Whilst all those points come from draws, it shows the side’s inability to finish off teams or when they come from behind taking that momentum to get all three points. It’s a worry, they have some good players but will need to pick up points quickly to avoid any panic.
5. Augsburg three in a row
They’ve scored five goals and conceded seven but Augsburg are sitting pretty in sixth after three wins on the trot in the Bundesliga for the first time in the clubs history. Victories over Stuttgart, Nuremburg and Freiburg have lifted a side many tipped to struggle to a nice start that will be very welcome to manager Markus Weinzierl.
Coming from behind at the weekend against a side that is also struggling is the kind of results Augsburg knew they would need to pick up to stay away from a relegation fight this season. They’ve bought good players in too, with Halil Altintop adding more goals to the squad and Rafael Holzhauser adding his left boot to set pieces that have given teams real problems so far this season.
Freiburg really haven’t got going since their mass exodus in the summer. Whilst they kept a few and brought in replacements, they haven’t quite meshed together as terrifically as they did last campaign and it could be a much tougher year this time around for Christian Streich and his side.
– Munich did their job again against Hannover who were a stubborn side. 13 points out of 15 is a good start for Guardiola, Hannover will be fine this season but won’t push near Europe.
– Hertha’s 18-win streak at home was broken by Stuttgart in a dull 1-0 victory. Hertha will be happy with their overall start, Thomas Schneider’s reign has got off to a good start.
– Mainz lost again as they went down 1-0 to Schalke courtesy of Kevin Prince Boateng. Schalke are back on their feet before they play in the Champions League again, Mainz’s start has ebbed and flowed.
– Werder were put to the sword by Frankfurt who walked out solid 3-0 winners. Kadlec looks a great buy with two goals, Werder need to tighten up again at the back to stay away from trouble.
TEAM OF THE WEEK – BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Six goals and it could have been more. Two goals conceded, although one was unstoppable, will concern but their 100% record is maintained.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK – KEVIN VOLLAND
Was close between him, Lewandowski and Vaclav Kadlec but Volland nicks it. Played very well, worked hard and pulled of a sublime finish.