Who played how against whom?
You gave the least hearts this weekend to Bayer Leverkusen, the team that won the most.
Which game should you not miss?
Gladbach against Dortmund. Big point for BVB. With the win, the big shook off the small Borussia and also overtook the weakening Leipzigers. Lucien Favre had his team defended deeply, even Erling Haaland concentrated on the role as a ball thief. As a result, the opponent rarely fell behind the Dortmund defense, and their individual class was sufficient in front. Even though both goals were tripped. Thorgan Hazard failed to take the ball 0-1, but then he let three Gladbachers drop out with a deception. And Achraf Hakimi put the ball very far in the 1-2, which, however, brought the goalkeeper out of balance. Overall, there was also a bit of luck when the referee missed a penalty after Dan-Axel Zagadou put his leg out to prevent Jonas Hofmann from getting the poor back pass. Nevertheless: BVB is again the most serious and perhaps the last competitor of Bayern, who celebrated their tenth victory in the eleventh game against Augsburg. Dortmund hopes to stay tuned until April 4th. Then the master comes.
The Gladbachers showed that their good results in the first half of the season were not accidental. But also that they are not yet a top team. In the past ten games, i.e. in the period after the home win against the FC Bayern in December, they scored a moderate fifteen points. In view of the increasing form of the Leverkusen team, the eleven Marco Roses has to take back first place 4.
Which game could you miss with a clear conscience?
Wolfsburg against Leipzig. Again no victory for RB, another pale performance on the offensive. Julian Nagelsmann’s team currently has few chances. So she won only twice in the last seven games, staying away in three of four attempts away. In the second half of the season, she ranks behind 1. FC Köln, even though they have played one game less. Six points ahead of FC Bayern (December) have become five points behind in ten match days. Leipzig seems to be slowly saying goodbye to the title race – like Timo Werner from Leipzig. He spoke again about his changing thoughts: “I think I have the potential to play in a large team.” In the not so big team Leipzig, Werner, who has just scored one goal in the last seven games, was only allowed to play from the 60th minute.
Who was the focus?
The Ultras. They were enormously productive in journalistic terms. Nationwide, they coordinated a protest that dominated the curves this weekend. They understood that they shouldn’t lose the silent middle, so they defused the tone. At least they no longer insulted anyone, and there was no fear of the game being abandoned. But sometimes they got tougher than ever. Important representatives of German football, such as Fritz Keller, Rainer Koch, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Clemens Tönnies or the Bundesliga Consigliere Christoph Schickhardt, as Dietmar Hopp’s lawyer, got something to read, for example:
- The billionaire’s dignity is inviolable.
- The president as a symbolic figure: an association in the basement.
- Dead before the World Cup – you don’t give a shit / Reactions to racism – rather banal / But meet one of you, then you show again / The ugly face of double standards.
Again and again DFB logos in the crosshairs and commercial critical statements. The distance to the establishment is obviously huge in the ultra-scene. Many other fans wonder whether all of this is a bit exaggerated.
Now we come to something completely different: After a research by ZDF Fifa President Gianni Infantino’s plans for a new Club World Cup could come true. Europe’s big clubs obviously want to participate, as do Bavaria and Dortmund, the two German brands. There is still more to be earned there. “A Club World Cup can be an interesting competition,” said DFB Vice President Rainer Koch, who moved into the UEFA executive team last week, about the tournament, which is said to be worth a billion dollars. “The money is coming back to the national market,” said DFB President Fritz Keller optimistically. He apparently hopes that Bayern and Dortmund will share the money in solidarity with the other Bundesliga clubs.
What was the banner of the match day?
“Who do we have to insult to think about EU border policy?”