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Five Observations from Matchday 3 in the Bundesliga

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Has the sack race started after just three matches and why are Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen leading it? Will RB Leipzig play defense? Is Borussia Mönchengladbach for real?

Sebastian Rudy of FC Schalke 04 DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO. during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Schalke 04 at the Borussia-Park, on September 15, 2018 in Monchengladbach, Germany
Sebastian Rudy of FC Schalke 04 DFL REGULATIONS PROHIBIT ANY USE OF PHOTOGRAPHS AS IMAGE SEQUENCES AND/OR QUASI-VIDEO. during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Monchengladbach and FC Schalke 04 at the Borussia-Park, on September 15, 2018 in Monchengladbach, Germany
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Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen are trash. Who fires their coach first?

Schalke will be in the Champions League. Bayer Leverkusen will be in the Europa League. After Matchday 3 in the Bundesliga, Schalke and Leverkusen have combined to earn 0 points out of a possible 9. I don’t know if you can do the math, but that is terrible.

Yes, we’re only three matches into the Bundesliga season, but one has to wonder if the boards at either club are panicking at the moment. What about the coaching staffs? Are Domenico Tedesco and Heiko Herrlich on the hot seat? You have to imagine that they are, considering how terrible the teams have performed to date.

It’s hard to tell if Borussia Mönchengladbach are for real or not yet.

Now that we know how bad Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen have been to start the season, it means we have to think about how good Borussia Mönchengladbach actually is. The reason is that their two wins have come at home against Schalke and Leverkusen, while they only managed a draw away to Augsburg.

We know that Gladbach has a solid squad. We know that they’re competently coached. But, the questions will remain... how good are they really?

RB Leipzig must improve defensively if they want to challenge for a Champions League spot.

Since the Bundesliga season started, RB Leipzig have conceded 9 goals in their 3 league games and 1 Europa League game. While their defense is mostly the same from last season, they’re still struggling to adjust to life in the post-Naby Keita world.

Leipzig missed out in qualifying for this season’s Champions League by two points during the 2017-18 Bundesliga campaign. They’ll need to tighten up defensively, if they have any hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season. Though, if Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen keep performing at their current levels, maybe it won’t matter?

It’s hard to gauge who will be fighting relegation right now.

Large parts of the Bundesliga table appear to be upside down after three games. Currently, the teams that are sitting in the bottom half of the table that we predicted to finish in the top half of the table is an exciting list: RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Schalke, and Bayer Leverkusen.

Either things are going to drastically change in the Bundesliga, or we are all really bad at this.

Will Julian Nagelsmann flame out in his last season with Hoffenheim?

Julian Nagelsmann has already signed a contract to join RB Leipzig next season, but this year he’ll stick it out with Hoffenheim as they battle in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League. But, this season hasn’t started brilliantly for The Hoff.

While they hammered Kaiserslautern in their first round DFB Pokal game, they haven’t been impressive since. A loss on the opening day against Bayern was to be expected along with a victory at home against Freiburg, but... losing to Fortuna Düsseldorf? That isn’t something that should be happening.

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