The second half of the Bundesliga starts on Friday. Many teams are already under a lot of pressure.
With two matches in the space of a half week, the first half of the Bundesliga season has come to an end after a particularly long winter break. And already the second half of the season began on Friday in the German Football Senate, Leipzig opened the 18th match day against VfB Stuttgart.
There are many gifts awaiting football fans this weekend. Among other things, there is a city derby in Berlin between Hertha and Union, Bayern Munich receives Eintracht from Frankfurt, and Leverkusen meets Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking of Leverkusen: the team currently coached by Xabi Alonso is unstoppable. Werkself have won all of their last five league games and, after a dissolute start to the season under former coach Gerardo Siouane, are rid of any relegation worries for the time being. The lead for sixteenth place is already eight points.
Bayer better with Wirtz?
But with Borussia Dortmund, another caliber awaits. Borussia tried to pull off two narrow, charismatic victories against Augsburg (4:3) and Mainz (2:1) early in the second half, but on Sunday (5:30pm, in t-online livestream) they can return to the resort’s last yellow card. Jude Bellingham.
At Bayer, on the other hand, hopes remain for another young star: national player Florian Wirtz celebrated his comeback in the 2-0 win over Bochum – and he should lead the way as a creative head and continue to build on his club’s winning streak.
The team that can look forward to a more impressive winning streak than Bayer is VfL Wolfsburg. With six consecutive matches won, Wolves are the team with the best form in the league. After a scary start to the season under new coach Niko Kovac (7 games, 5 points, 17th place), Wolfsburg has blossomed into one of the best teams in the league – and after two finally 11:0-goal wins (!) they are currently. He has 29 points just two points behind the Champions League standings. Wolfsburg’s victory could continue with the troubled Werderans side.
Weser is sad for the time being. Because despite a decent number of points for a rising team (21 points after the first half of the season), the mood is bad. A 7-1 defeat at the start of the second half against Cologne played a major role in this. And in losing 2-1 at home to Union Berlin during the week, coach Uli Werner’s side also exposed glaring weaknesses defensively, including impressive defensive errors and poor standards defending.
Hertha and Schalke are at the end of the table
However, Coach Werner saw a “clear performance increase” compared to the Cologne game, even if nothing came out to count against Kobenecker. However, another raise is also needed in the coming weeks if you don’t want to go further into a downward spiral after four straight defeats.
Hertha from Berlin has been there for some time. With only 14 points, Sandro Schwarz’s team finished the first half of the season in the 17th relegation position. The important duels in Bochum (1:3) and against Wolfsburg (0:5) were clearly lost.
Even if coach Schwartz is not under discussion, according to managing director Freddy Bobic, things could soon get uncomfortable at Spree. Because in the event of more bankruptcies in the all-important city derby against the superlatives of Kopnik or in the case of the all-powerful Frankfurt Eintracht, Black must continue to lose credit.
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