Bundesliga Roundup: Week 9

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Hannover 96 1 – Borussia Dortmund 0: Since facing Arsenal, Borussia have yet to win a game in the Bundesliga, and last year’s second place team now find themselves in 15th place, two points away from relegation as they lost 1-0 to Hannover last weekend. Manager Jurgen Klopp has voiced concerns about the style of football his team plays, saying that this style isn’t working right now, especially in the Bundesliga. Dortmund did recently welcome back midfielder Iklay Gundogan, however, and that could help them significantly as he is one of the only midfielders in the world who is capable of playing the hybrid defensive / central midfielder role integral in Borussia’s gegenpressing system. And what timing for him to round into form, as Dortmund head to Munich to face Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich.

Stuttgart 5 – Eintracht 4:  Christian Gentner’s goal in the 84th minute helped Stuttgart capture a 5-4 win at Eintracht on Saturday in a thrilling offensive display from both sides. Gentner and Martin Harnik scored two goals apiece for Stuttgart, while Eintracht’s Alexander Madlung also found the net twice as the two sides combined to score six times in the final 40 minutes of the match.

Bayern Munich 0 – Borussia Mönchengladbach 0: After scoring 13 goals and only conceding one in their last two fixtures, Bayern Munich ran into a buzzsaw in the Borussia Park on Sunday. Bayern were saved by some Manuel Neuer heroics and both teams were fortunate not to concede a penalty. Guardiola’s squad thought they had a legitimate claim after Mario Götze went down in the box, while Lucein “Don’t call me Brett” Favre’s team questioned the referee after some foul play from Mehdi Benatia. Speaking of referees, this game was also marred by Pep Guardiola getting handsy with the fourth official.

Guardiola was skeptical of Gladbach’s Granit Xhaka injury in stoppage time, which delayed the game for over a minute. Pep felt he had to let the fourth official, Bibiana Steinhaus, know that he wouldn’t stand for these shenanigans. Ms. Steinhaus decided to let Pep know that she wouldn’t stand for his shenanigans either, and the Catalan could face a touchline ban for his antics.

Other Results: 1.FC Köln 0–1 Bremen, Augsburg 2–0 Freiburg, Hertha 3–0 HSV, Hoffenheim 1–0 Paderborn,  Leverkusen 1–0 Schalke, Wolfsburg 3–0 Mainz.

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