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Three Observations from Matchday 14 in the Bundesliga

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Borussia Dortmund stay top of the table after winning the Revierderby, Freiburg destroy RB Leipzig, and Bayer Leverkusen are playing better.

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 08: Thomas Delaney of Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with team mates during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund at the Veltins Arena on December 08, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany.
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 08: Thomas Delaney of Dortmund celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with team mates during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund at the Veltins Arena on December 08, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany.
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Borussia Dortmund topple Schalke, win Revierderby.

There’s no way that Schalke entered this one thinking that they were going to take three points from Borussia Dortmund, but when they entered the 70th minute of a 1-1 game, their thoughts had to move to “We can win this thing!” Then, Jadon Sancho happened.

The 18 year old English winger scored the winner in the 74th minute to let the table toppers take all three points. Dortmund maintain their seven point lead over Borussia Monchengladbach and nine point lead over Bayern Munich. It’s been quite the first half of a season for Dortmund so far.

Dortmund’s final real test before the winter break happens in the final match when they host Gladbach. If they win that match, it will certainly make them title favorites for the second half of the season.

Holy Freiburg!

With no wins in their previous four matches, it was hard to think Freiburg would beat RB Leipzig. When the final whistle blew on Saturday at the Schwarzwald-Stadion the scoreline was an expected 3-0; however, it was Freiburg in the winner’s circle.

Christian Streich getting his side to pull out a improbable result isn’t anything new. His Freiburg side has been doing this for so long now, that nothing feels impossible for them anymore.

The three points puts them into 12th place, only 5 points out of a possible European spot.

Bayer Leverkusen is creeping up the table.

A few weeks after being in the relegation zone, Bayer Leverkusen have pushed themselves all the way into 11th place. They’re seven points clear of the relegation zone.

It’s been a rough start for Heiko Herrlich, but the club stuck with him through the terrible start. Is it working? The next three matches before the winter break will determine if it was a good idea or not.

With trips to Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke in the next 10 days, Leverkusen can really put themselves in a great position heading into the last match before the winter break against Hertha Berlin. Can they finally not drop the ball?

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