Bayern Munich remain at the top of the Bundesliga after beating Hoffenheim 4-0, but there will be plenty of talking points across the league when the ninth matchday comes to an end.
1 | Mark van Bommel is the first coach to be sacked in the Bundesliga this season. After a fantastic start, the Dutchman hadn’t won a league game in six years. After taking the lead after the first three games, Wolfsburg fell back to ninth place. The last nail in the coffin for Van Bommel was a 2-0 home defeat against the formally strong Freiburg. Many may consider the decision to be hasty, but Wolfsburg needs a change of luck. Perhaps a new manager will bring such luck.
2 | Borussia Dortmund had eight first-team players injured on Saturday’s trip to Arminia Bielefeld, but were able to defeat their opponents 3-1. It was always a tough question with Erling Haaland reportedly out until December and summer newcomer Donyell Malen shooting blanks, but goals from Emre Can, Mats Hummels and Jude Bellingham were enough to keep Die Schwarzgelben on one point at Bayern Munich. Bellingham’s goal was a masterclass blow after the Englishman picked up the ball just outside the penalty area, dribbling past three Arminia Bielefeld players before lifting the ball over Stefan Ortega. A star in the making.
3 | Steffen Baumgart’s FC Köln came after a deficit to 2-2 against local rivals Bayer Leverkusen. After two goals in as many minutes in the first half, Cologne were 2-0 down. Many fans had criticized Baumgart’s approach to the game, which didn’t seem to work against tougher opponents. In the second half, however, Cologne picked up and equalized ten minutes before the end. The Billy Goats have improved a lot under Baumgart and it’s that kind of mentality that Baumgart adopted into the role.
4 | Hertha Berlin recorded their first goal in a 1-0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the capital in 2021/22. Unbeaten in two games, Hertha moved up to 10th place in the table above Gladbach. After the home side had defended a large part of the game on Saturday, they found the net through Marco Richter, who has now scored two goals in consecutive league games. Although the striker hasn’t scored in his last 11 games, he now appears to be in good shape as the old lady of German football slowly conquers the Bundesliga table.
5 | Bochum played the perfect game plan in the 2-0 win against Eintracht Frankfurt. There are consecutive wins and goals conceded for Thomas Reis’s team as their hopes for survival gain momentum. The game got off to a hectic start when the hosts took the lead from the third minute. Bochum’s goalkeeper Riemann then parried a penalty in the 12th round to keep his team in the lead. The game was over in extra time and dusted off when Sebastian Polter hit the net. With the decisive victory, Bochum remains in 14th place and overtakes Frankfurt, which slips to 15th place.