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Daring to try – and daring to fail – gives Werder Bremen cause for optimism | Andy Brassell

A stylish victory over Bayer Leverkusen has confirmed that Florian Kohfeldt has given Werder’s fans reason to dreamIt was the sort of result that, when it happened, appeared to be a curio but as time has gone past, it looks more and more like a season …

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Angry Bayern let it all out and nudge Dortmund off their throne | Andy Brassell

Stung by Joachim Löw’s retiring of three of their Germany players, Bayern responded with a 6-0 win over Wolfsburg“Anger is an energy,” John Lydon famously sang on Public Image Limited’s ‘Rise’. The line has had a fair airing in the past week, used in a…

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Anger, humiliation and ‘pure chaos’ as Schalke go from bad to worse

Domenico Tedesco’s future as Schalke manager is increasingly uncertain as fans vented their fury at the team’s dismal formIf you thought, before they welcomed Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday, that things couldn’t get much worse for Schalke, then you wer…

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Dogged Dortmund go back to the future and find a way to win again | Andy Brassell

Leaders ended their winless streak with a display built around the efficiency that served them so well early in the seasonThey were still top, still in charge of their own destiny and, lest we forget amid the jitters, still way ahead of schedule or exp…

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Thomas Hitzlsperger makes swift impact at struggling Stuttgart | Andy Brassell

Though there is no heavy-handedness about the new head of sport, he is already having an influenceThere was, at last, a feeling of partial satisfaction and some optimism. A sixth defeat in seven games for lowly VfB Stuttgart is no reason for breaking o…

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Will Dortmund stutter prove a useful lesson or open the door for Bayern? | Andy Brassell

Even if Dortmund being pegged back by Hoffenheim was a bolt from the blue, their uneven performance was notFor most of the season, Jadon Sancho has befuddled all comers in the Bundesliga, catching opponents on the hop much as his Borussia Dortmund team…

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Bayern Munich stunned as luck goes same way as aura of invincibility | Andy Brassell

Concern is beginning to turn to what Liverpool might do to a team incapable of producing 90 minutes of energy and focusThe myth of Bayern-Dusel has endured in German football for more than four decades – the concept of the perennial luck that pushes ev…

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Schalke’s fresh Bundesliga start stymied after bruising trip to Berlin | Andy Brassell

Even when things are going well with Schalke, you’re only ever half-a-mile away from getting a punctureSometimes you start out with the idea of a refreshing weekend away in Berlin – and end up tired and nursing a headache. Schalke may have arrived in t…

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Peter Bosz’s Bundesliga luck yet to turn as he makes Leverkusen bow | Andy Brassell

Even if the result irked against Mönchengladbach, there was a feeling of optimism for the new man at Bayer LeverkusenIt was a victory that was “somewhat flattering,” as Kicker put it, and even Borussia Mönchengladbach’s coach Dieter Hecking admitted hi…

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Magical Marco Reus sends Dortmund racing clear to crown his golden 2018

Captain has come of age since returning from knee injury and proved his worth again with a vital winner against GladbachThe final goal scored in front of Borussia Dortmund’s “yellow wall” in 2018 was a vital and a fitting one. When Marco Reus slid in a…

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Bayern again below best but casting familiar Bundesliga shadow | Andy Brassell

The main issues arising after Bayern’s win over Leipzig were about possible incomings and outgoings, rather than the matchThe fare at the Allianz Arena was befitting the time of year, with the excitement around the occasion perhaps more gratifying than…

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Death of Christian Gentner’s father at Stuttgart puts game into perspective | Andy Brassell

Stuttgart’s struggles this season paled into insignificance after the death of the father of one of their totemic playersWhen it’s all about the show, it’s easy to overdramatise results, moments, little victories, setbacks. In a season in which VfB Stu…

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Jadon Sancho’s stock rises higher and higher after a derby to remember | Andy Brassell

After a difficult week, the English teenager scored the winner against Schalke as Borussia Dortmund continue their chargeIt was dark when Borussia Dortmund’s bus arrived back at the club’s training ground in Brackel but it couldn’t get in. It was block…

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Nagelsmann and Tedesco fly flag for Bundesliga’s young and reckless

Loopy, unpredictable, chaotic, irrational: Hoffenheim v Schalke showcased the best of the league and its youngest managersIt has taken a few days to process Hoffenheim’s debut Champions League campaign but Tuesday’s last-gasp defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk…

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Dodi Lukebakio sends Fortuna into ‘pure ecstasy’ against brittle Bayern | Andy Brassell

Struggling Düsseldorf side’s players and fans came together to celebrate an improbable point and an ‘unbelievable’ hat-trickThe 8,000 Fortuna Düsseldorf supporters had made the long, 620km trip south mostly not even in hope, let alone expectation. It w…

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Dodi Lukebakio sends Fortuna into ‘pure ecstasy’ against brittle Bayern | Andy Brassell

Struggling Düsseldorf side’s players and fans came together to celebrate an improbable point and an ‘unbelievable’ hat-trickThe 8,000 Fortuna Düsseldorf supporters had made the long, 620km trip south mostly not even in hope, let alone expectation. It w…

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Sublime Klassiker suggests there’s finally life in the Bundesliga again | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund’s victory despite an impressive Bayern Munich performance shows how far they have come and how competitive the German league is this seasonThe 95 minutes-plus of Der Klassiker – and every extra second of the 47 over the 95, which was …

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Sublime Klassiker suggests there’s finally life in the Bundesliga again | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund’s victory despite an impressive Bayern Munich performance shows how far they have come and how competitive the German league is this seasonThe 95 minutes-plus of Der Klassiker – and every extra second of the 47 over the 95, which was …

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High-flying Frankfurt take out their frustration on lowly Stuttgart | Andy Brassell

Adi Hütter had a tough start at Eintracht Frankfurt but his team have now found their feet as Stuttgart discovered on FridayWhen the opposition is down, keep your foot on the throat. In the infancy of his tenure but already desperate for a result, Stut…

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Bayer Leverkusen’s rout of Bremen underlines their underachievements | Andy Brassell

The 6-2 win was a fine display that deserved to be celebrated, but it also drove home how far short they have fallenThe Bundesliga loves a left turn, and this weekend it saved its best one for the programme’s final fixture. This was supposed to be resu…