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Five Observations from Matchday 9 in the Bundesliga

Borussia Dortmund slip up, and Bayern Munich are creeping! Big wins for Freiburg, Schalke, and Bayer Leverkusen! Stuttgart are bad! Really, really bad!

DORTMUND, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Salomon Kalou of Hertha BSC celebrates after scoring his team`s first goal with Vedad Ibisevic of Hertha BSC during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC at Signal Iduna Park on October 27, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany.
DORTMUND, GERMANY - OCTOBER 27: Salomon Kalou of Hertha BSC celebrates after scoring his team`s first goal with Vedad Ibisevic of Hertha BSC during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hertha BSC at Signal Iduna Park on October 27, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany.
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Borussia Dortmund’s lead at the top of the table shrinks to two points.

Borussia Dortmund coughed up two different leads in their game against Hertha Berlin, including a stoppage time penalty, to draw 2-2. The loss, coinciding with Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over Mainz, means that Dortmund’s lead at the top of the table is now only two points, and that team that is only two points back is Bayern.

Dortmund’s early season performance has been really good and, combined with Bayern’s terrible play, has propelled them to the top of the table. However, we wondered last week when their luck was going to change, and it looks like it took a hit this week.

I predicted among the BFW staff that Bayern would retake the lead in the table before the next international break and would lead it for the remainder of the season. Dortmund play away to Wolfsburg. Bayern host Freiburg. Then, in the final match before the international break, Bayern will visit Dortmund.

Bayer Leverkusen put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

You know what, Bayer Leverkusen stuck with Heiko Herrlich through the early, rough start, and they’re slowly working their way back up the table. Now, with eleven points, they’ve given themselves a five point cushion from the relegation zone.

However, their two Bundesliga matches before the next international break are going to be hard battles. Leverkusen will host Hoffenheim before traveling to RB Leipzig. Both of those teams are looking down at Leverkusen and should be a hard matchup.

Sunday’s 6-2 massacre of Werder Bremen was good for Leverkusen. Not just because they won big, but because they nearly threw the game away. After Leverkusen was leading 3-0, Werder pulled it back to 3-2. Then, just fifteen minutes after Werder’s second goal, Leverkusen pounded three more past poor Jiri Pavlenka to end things.

Oh. My. God. Stuttgart.

Things are really ugly in Stuttgart right now.

Saturday’s 0-4 loss to Hoffenheim was the club’s second straight 0-4 loss and third loss in a row. They’re currently dead last in the Bundesliga table, and it’s really hard to see how, when, or why things are going to get better for Stuttgart.

Does Markus Weinzierl have a plan on how to get this club out of the doldrums? He’s under contract through 2020, so he’ll have time to give it his all. It just remains to be seen if that will be in the 2.Bundesliga next season. If they’re going to turn things around, they need to figure it out and soon.

Freiburg stuns Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Things were certainly looking great in recent weeks for Borussia Mönchengladbach. They were unbeaten in their last four Bundesliga matches which included a big win over Bayern Munich. However, Friday's kind-of-shocking loss to Freiburg has them reeling in their excitement a little bit.

For Freiburg, the win is huge. It ends a three match winless streak and bumps them solidly up the table, seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Christian Streich is a genius.

Schalke has scrapped and clawed their way out of the relegation spots.

It’s taken nine matchdays, but Schalke are finally out of the relegation zone. Sure, they’re only one point out of the relegation spot, but they can finally take a breath after a terrible start to the season.

BREATHE

Alright. The time for breathing is over. Schalke has a massive opportunity in the four matches they’ll play before the international break. They play 2.Bundesliga side Koln in the second round of the DFB Pokal with a trip to the Round of 16 in front of them. Then, they’ll host the team the team that sits one point behind them in the Bundesliga table in Hanover with the opportunity to put four points between themselves and the relegation zone. Following that, Schalke host Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League with the chance to put four points between themselves (second) and Gala (third).

So, these next two weeks are HUGE for Schalke. They’ve stuck with Tedesco so far. Can he get them back on their feet?

Matchday 9 Results

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