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Bundesliga Review: Dortmund Secure Vital Win To End Mönchengladbach’s Unbeaten Run– Matchday 11

Matchday 11 of the Bundesliga saw Borussia Dortmund finally getting back to winning ways at the expense of Mönchengladbach side who were unbeaten in 18 games prior to this. Bayern Munich thumped Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 courtesy of a Thomas Müller hat-trick and entertaining Hoffenheim were beaten at home by promoted FC Köln in a seven goal thriller. An entertaining battle of the Borussias: A high tempo encounter at the Signal Iduna Park on Sunday saw bottom placed Dortmund beat a previously unbeaten Mönchengladbach with the help of a spectacular own goal by World Champion Christoph Kramer. The black and yellows dominated the game and boasted 20 shots on goal compared to ‘Gladbach’s mere 1. Marco Reus and Sebastian Kehl were in superb form, with the former rattling the post and testing keeper Yann Sommer on various occasions. Despite the pressure, the foals showed exactly why they have one the best defences in Europe with a greatly cohesive back line. Martin […] Read more »

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Bundesliga: Dortmund Show True Colors in Battle of the Borussias

Sunday saw bottom club Borussia Dortmund regain their old stride as they defeated previously-unbeaten Borussia Mönchengladbach. For 24 hours, Borussia Dortmund were bottom of the Bundesliga, the famous black and yellow crest anchoring the league table. With just seven points, BVB hadn’t won a league match since mid-September and had suffered successive defeats against the likes of Köln, Hannover 96, and Hamburg. Back-to-back dates with Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach, who hadn’t lost a single match this season, seemed to come at the worst possible time for Jürgen Klopp’s men. If anything, the pair of difficult fixtures against high-quality opposition seems to have galvanized the team. Dortmund produced one of their best first halves in recent memory against Bayern, and were unlucky to lose in the end. But the Bayern game appeared to confirm a leading theory among those attempting to diagnose Dortmund: BVB could do well against teams who attack them, like Bayern and Champions League sides, but cannot […] Read more »

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Bundesliga: Bayern Edge “Der Klassiker”; Foals Continue Title Charge | Matchday 10

Matchday 10 in the Bundesliga saw last season’s top two clash at the Allianz Arena, while second-placed Gladbach took on fourth-placed Hoffenheim. Borussia Dortmund Push Bayern in “Der Klassiker” Borussia Dortmund are now in 17th place, 17 points behind Bayern Munich, with 18 fewer points than they had at this point last season (when they were only one point behind the champions). Last time they were this far down in the table at this point, they wound up relegated. But the team that lost to Bayern on Saturday put on such a classy performance, particularly in the first half, that those statistics are hard to believe. Klopp got his tactics exactly right, deploying Sebastian Kehl and Sven Bender together in midfield instead of the newly returned Ilkay Gündogan. These two, more defensively minded than the passmaster, had silenced Xabi Alonso in the Champions League ties against his former club Real Madrid, and they did so again here. Shinji Kagawa had […] Read more »