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Bundesliga attempts to cover all bases in an ever-changing crisis landscape

Decisions made in the morning have often been made redundant by the afternoon but the Bundesliga is doing its bestFirstly, many eyes across European football were rolled as the Italian football authorities struggled to make coherent decisions in a post…

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Kai Havertz lights up Leverkusen amid hopes that trophy wait is nearing end | Andy Brassell

The future looks bright after Kai Havertz became the youngest Bundesliga player to reach 30 goals in win over FrankfurtAll things come to those who wait, and they certainly did for Bayer Leverkusen this weekend. They made it back into the top four. The…

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Chaos caused by Hopp banners raises questions about Bundesliga priorities

Decisive response to offensive banners about Hoffenheim’s owner jar with recent inaction when racism was involvedDietmar Hopp stood in the rain, hands clasped together, brandishing them in thanks to the Bayern Munich players who stood around him, to th…

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Bayern Munich threaten to fluff lines with minds occupied by Chelsea tie | Andy Brassell

An indifferent victory over Paderborn raised the stakes for Hansi Flick, with a run in Europe potentially key to the interim manager keeping the jobIt’ll be alright on the night, they hope. With such a tight race at the top of the Bundesliga, there sho…

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As Klinsmann dives for cover, Hertha and Nouri are left to find feet | Andy Brassell

Interim head coach does not have any glitz but Alexander’s Nouri’s pragmatism could help Krzysztof Piatek and co settleAfter a reshuffle, it can be tough to find your bearings. As Alexander Nouri, now the interim head coach of Hertha BSC, felt his way …

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Leipzig dig in to earn Bayern Munich’s respect and keep title race on the boil | Andy Brassell

It was not a spectacular clash but an intriguing draw left us hungry for more and showed Leipzig are worthy title rivals“There was a lot in it but at the same time,” said Thomas Müller, “there was nothing in it.” One of Bayern’s very sharpest minds (an…

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Kohfeldt clings on after latest collapse but Werder’s survival far from sure | Andy Brassell

Florian Kohfeldt still believes he can turn things around but Werder are in crisis and relegation is a serious concernThe scene, sadly for Werder Bremen, was all too familiar. After another defeat, their eighth in their last 10 Bundesliga games, their …

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Pass master, goals, tempo: what Bruno Fernandes brings Manchester United

Manchester United’s new midfielder gained plenty from a spell in Italy before blossoming at Sporting to secure his big moveIn a relatively small country, nothing stays a secret for too long. As Bruno Fernandes stepped outside his home and on to the str…

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Nagelsmann reads the riot act after Leipzig’s rude awakening in Frankfurt | Andy Brassell

The Bundesliga leaders sleepwalked to defeat and now have Bayern, Mönchengladbach and Dortmund hot on their heelsThis week Julian Nagelsmann had his players sit through a presentation on the importance of good sleep to athletic performance. Some suppor…

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Nagelsmann reads the riot act after Leipzig’s rude awakening in Frankfurt | Andy Brassell

The Bundesliga leaders sleepwalked to defeat and now have Bayern, Mönchengladbach and Dortmund hot on their heelsThis week Julian Nagelsmann had his players sit through a presentation on the importance of good sleep to athletic performance. Some suppor…

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Erling Braut Haaland gatecrashes again to haul Dortmund out of mire | Andy Brassell

The Norwegian became the Bundesliga’s second-youngest hat-trick scorer, and the first substitute to score three timesIt felt like a regular, gentle Sunday morning in Brackel, the district to the east of the centre where Borussia Dortmund train. The res…

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No Christmas gift for Schalke against Freiburg but happy holidays await | Andy Brassell

There was no ‘Disney’ sheen for either club but an entertaining 2-2 draw highlighted the sides’ enhanced qualities this seasonThere were regrets, maybes, could-have-beens but ultimately, neither camp could have much cause for complaint. Schalke and the…

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Flashes of brilliance fail to mask Dortmund’s flaws after Leipzig drama | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund threw away a two-goal lead against title rivals RB Leipzig, leaving manager Lucien Favre to rue the mistakes that cost them a potentially crucial three pointsIt never rains but it pours for Lucien Favre this season. Having spent most …

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Flashes of brilliance fail to mask Dortmund’s flaws after Leipzig drama | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund threw away a two-goal lead against title rivals RB Leipzig, leaving manager Lucien Favre to rue the mistakes that cost them a potentially crucial three pointsIt never rains but it pours for Lucien Favre this season. Having spent most …

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Gisdol rolls the dice as Köln’s kids kickstart survival bid with derby win

Manager trusted his youngsters and showed he may be more tactically astute than many believe in win over LeverkusenFortune favours the brave, they say. Maybe FC Köln had little option this weekend after six matches without a win, leaving them stuck in …

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Gisdol rolls the dice as Köln’s kids kickstart survival bid with derby win

Manager trusted his youngsters and showed he may be more tactically astute than many believe in win over LeverkusenFortune favours the brave, they say. Maybe FC Köln had little option this weekend after six matches without a win, leaving them stuck in …

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Gladbach dare to believe after stirring win over Bayern in the ‘real Klassiker’

More than 40 years since Borussia Mönchengladbach were champions, rising hopes for them are a boost for the BundesligaThis, the more gnarled of Bundesliga followers would tell you, is the real Klassiker. Years of mere intermittent threats to Bayern Mun…

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Leon Bailey and lucky Leverkusen hold their nerve to beat Bayern

Bayern-Dusel normally dictates fortune favours Munich but the heroics of Leon Bailey and Lukas Hradecky proved decisive It’s hard to get too far into the general lexicon of the Bundesliga without Bayern-Dusel coming up. It’s more than the rub of the gr…

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Lucien Favre hanging by a thread after Dortmund horror show | Andy Brassell

Reus salvaged a 3-3 draw against bottom side Paderborn but the mind-bendingly bad display overshadowed the club’s AGM On the surface, Borussia Dortmund’s annual general meeting on Sunday was a globally positive affair. Reinhard Rauball was, as expected…

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Lucien Favre hanging by a thread after Dortmund horror show | Andy Brassell

Reus salvaged a 3-3 draw against bottom side Paderborn but the mind-bendingly bad display overshadowed the club’s AGM On the surface, Borussia Dortmund’s annual general meeting on Sunday was a globally positive affair. Reinhard Rauball was, as expected…