With Niko Kovac picking fights and Bayern dropping points all over the place, there has surely never been a better time for the other 17 clubs in the Bundesliga to topple FC Hollywood.
But the team that should theoretically be their primary challengers, Borussia Dortmund, seem to be making a mess of things in the early weeks of the season. Or, at least, not taking advantage as they should be doing.
On the Totally Football Show’s European edition this week, Rafa Honigstein suggested that Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre’s position could be in danger if things don’t improve.
“Three times in a row they have drawn 2-2 – each time they have had the lead, and away to Freiburg on Saturday they had the lead twice. There is an ever-growing sense that Favre just isn’t getting it right.
“Bayern were there for the taking this year, the league is very open, and Dortmund who have the deepest squad – maybe not the best XI but the deepest squad – can’t get those wins.
“It’s getting to the point that both inside the dressing room, and at board level, surely another manager might be able to do better here.”
Dortmund are currently in eighth place in an admittedly crowded top half of the table (only goal difference separates third and seventh while Dortmund are just four points off the top), but going into the international break it’s the other Borussia that lead the way.
Monchengladbach benefitted from a quite calamitous error by Augsburg keeper Tomas Koubek this weekend, but that was merely the garnish on a 5-1 victory – their fifth win from seven – that sent them to the top of the table.
Goalkeeping nightmare by Koubek for Augsburg today… Surely doesn’t get any worse for a goalkeeper? pic.twitter.com/VsAA3fCw0W
— Stuart McIntyre (@stuartgmcintyre) October 6, 2019
“To put this in context,” said Rafa, “the last time they were top of the Bundesliga was in 11/12, when Lucien Favre was manager, when Marco Reus was No.10 and Marc-Andre Ter-Stegen was in goal.
“In many ways the biggest story still, even though it’s great to see Marco Rose – a former player of Jurgen Klopp at Mainz – do well, is Rene Maric, a former blogger, who became assistant coach for Rose.
“He’s one of the guys behind Spielverlagerung – a pretty famous but niche, nerdy, but very interesting German portal for blogging – he got talking to Rose, who really liked his ideas, then appointed him as his assistant. Maric already coached his local team, but still, it’s an amazing story.”
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