Nagelsmann’s Bayern, Leverkusen attack, Dortmund stars and more


ESPN leadership Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae commented on the first two weeks of the season in Germanyand details on who suffered and who did badly in the 2021-22 campaign.

Gladbach lacks luck in Leverkusen

There is something incredibly chaotic at the beginning of any campaign in the Bundesliga. Without a booklet of upgrade forms and limited time to prepare international players, it takes tremendous luck to predict anything accurately.

Take Bayer Leverkusen‘s an impressive 4-0 victory done Borussia Monchengladbach last saturday. In normal times, this is a close match that suits two teams with similar ambitions in the upper parts of the table. But the combination of Leverkusen’s exceptional speed and Gladbach’s bad luck — after injury as much as anything else — led him to turn into Bayer’s runaway player.

Under the leadership of new Swiss coach Gerard Seoane, Leverkusen set an impressive mark in front of an audience of 15,000. Seoane, with the help of capable sports director Simon Rolfes and his excellent international scout network – has given home fans a feel for what is likely to come this season Workshop. The emphasis will be on young, hungry players with a pronounced mentality.

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Leon Bailey and the Bender twins left BayArena, but others stepped out for the weekend, especially flying Moussa Diaby on the right, which gave three different left-backs Gladbach a terrible time. Last season there were doubts about Diaby’s work without the ball, but first Paris Saint Germain the man begins a great beginning under Seoane. It would not be an exaggeration to call him a Bundesliga player the first two rounds.

The most striking thing about Leverkusen was their use of hips: Diaby and the diminutive Jeremie Frimpong on the one hand and Mitchell Bakker together with the winner of the Olympic gold medal in Brazil Paulinho on the other. Bakker, like Diaby, earlier at PSG, excelled as a left-back, and later admitted he has a new sense of playing in the Bundesliga with his back-and-forth versus style of play in France.

Bakker, Diaby and Leverkusen will generally provide plenty of fun, while Gladbach — who did well in the season — will draw 1-1 with Bayern Munich -Now you have a sea of ​​staff in the early season. Stefan Lainer (broken ankle) and Marcus Thuram (torn MCL) will not exist in the medium term. Matthias Ginter, their defensive rock and incentive provider with its upgrade, tested positive for COVID-19. Bayer Leverkusen coach Adi Hutter has no such problems ahead of Saturday’s trip FC Augsburg (9:20 AM ET, broadcast live on ESPN +)).

Bayern will only be better under Nagelsmann

Perhaps ominous for the others, Bayern Munich already have four points from the first two games of the Julian Nagelsmann era without achieving full effect. In the match for Gladbach, they had difficulties early and late, arresting the aggressive and efficient pressing of their hosts.

Last week against FC Cologne at the Allianz Arena, after a flawless and goalless first half, Nagelsmann left his three coveted last three and replaced the problematic Leroy Sane as well as Tanguy Nianzou. Introduction Jamal Musiala and moving to the old 4-2-3-1 setup helped produce a much happier second half and a spectacular 3-2 win. The concern of all other clubs is that Nageslmann XI will get better over time as players master their tactical preferences.

Predictable Dortmund needs help at both ends

Borussia Dortmund, like all top clubs with a new man at the helm, remain something of an enigma. Marco Rose rightly admired his team’s initial 5-2 victory Eintracht Frankfurt, emphasizing team ethics rather than just Erling HaalandHowever, a colossal contribution of two goals and three assists.

However, the loss of the DFL-Super Cup in the hands of Bayern stressed that Dortmund still has work to do if it wants to catch the Bavarian team this term. Saturday’s 2-1 defeat Sc freiburg was disappointing from a BVB perspective at the time and again avoided the wide possibilities available. It was all too central and too predictable against an intense team designed to counter BVB’s attacking forces and strike hard when the chances came.

Of course, it helps when you have a maestro like a free kick Vincenzo Grifo in your ranks except Dortmund, again without Mats Hummels from the start he has to strengthen the defense which has conceded seven goals in three competitive matches.

Marsch, Szoboszlai impress in Leipzig

We also need to talk about it RB Leipzig. Honestly, I was thrilled with Jesse Marsch’s home debut, who commented for the Bundesliga world channel. Dominik Szoboszlai he announced to the general public with a pair of incredible goals – one from either wing – against poor results VfB Stuttgart. The first was a clean arrow from the left, and I am still amazed by the low, penetrating trajectory of his second goal from a free kick.

Having been out for seven months with a kidnapper injury since joining Leipzig, … Hungary international has made it clear that it is in the mood to make up for lost time. But Leipzig embodied Marsch’s belief in the 4-0 victory Full throttle football (football at full throttle) and it was immensely fun to watch. Unfortunately for Marsch, the opening word was less coherent in the form of a 1-0 defeat Mainz, with everything just slow and imprecise.

Leipzig must step carefully into the late game on Sunday when traveling to VfL Wolfsburg (11:20 ET, broadcast live on ESPN +)), now coached by Mark van Bommel, and the only team with a 100% record so far.

Bochum’s return

The final word this week belongs VfL Bochum, who celebrated 11 years without a match in the Bundesliga at the famous Castroper-Strasse by defeating Mainz 2-0. Gerrit Holtmann engraved his name in the already voluminous folklore of the club with a simple Mazi run that caused awe (leaving behind five opponents) and ended. Early candidate for the goal of the season.

By the end of his Bochum career, Holtmann, though from Bremen in the north, will carry the nickname “Ruhrpott Messi” and may never again have to pay Currywurst, a particular Bochum favorite.


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