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Bayern celebrate toughest title in years with ‘Robbery’ send-off party | Andy Brassell

Bayern Munich had to work to win the Bundesliga at last but as two great heroes depart, questions remain over the managerFor two minutes and 40 seconds, it was on. The last-day drama in the Bundesliga title race that all neutrals – OK, all non-Bayern M…

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RB Leipzig keep the title wolf from the door in Bundesliga for one more week

Bayern’s battle with Dortmund for the title goes into the final day, which would make victory even sweeter for either sideAgain, it should have been the week that the Bundesliga title was finally decided and once more, it wasn’t. Borussia Dortmund’s dr…

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RB Leipzig keep the title wolf from the door in Bundesliga for one more week

Bayern’s battle with Dortmund for the title goes into the final day, which would make victory even sweeter for either sideAgain, it should have been the week that the Bundesliga title was finally decided and once more, it wasn’t. Borussia Dortmund’s dr…

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RB Leipzig keep the title wolf from the door in Bundesliga for one more week

Bayern’s battle with Dortmund for the title goes into the final day, which would make victory even sweeter for either sideAgain, it should have been the week that the Bundesliga title was finally decided and once more, it wasn’t. Borussia Dortmund’s dr…

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RB Leipzig keep the title wolf from the door in Bundesliga for one more week

Bayern’s battle with Dortmund for the title goes into the final day, which would make victory even sweeter for either sideAgain, it should have been the week that the Bundesliga title was finally decided and once more, it wasn’t. Borussia Dortmund’s dr…

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Frankfurt’s ‘dark day’ leaves dream season in danger of hitting the rocks

A 6-1 thrashing by a rival for a top-four finish threw the Europa League semi-finalists into a panic at the worst possible timeAn emphatic result feels as if it should be a definitive, a full stop either positively or negatively. Eintracht Frankfurt wi…

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Schalke come from nowhere to put dizzy Dortmund all but out of race | Andy Brassell

On paper, Borussia Dortmund should have hammered Schalke but a 4-2 defeat has virtually ended their Bundesliga aspirationsIf it was going to fall apart maybe it was always going to be here, now and in this way. This was a Revierderby that looked as if …

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Stuttgart players have nowhere to hide after Augsburg hit them for six | Andy Brassell

Thomas Hitzlsperger has put the responsibility on players to get the club out of trouble after sacking Markus Weinzierl As Markus Weinzierl made his way into the WWK Arena on Saturday, his mood appeared to match the sun seeping through the rafters, as …

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Bullish Julian Nagelsmann may yet go out with a bang at Hoffenheim | Andy Brassell

Coach will leave his present club in rude health and showed against Hertha why he could take Leipzig to another level“The teams surrounding us are consistently playing good football. We’re trying our best to climb the table and if they bend, then we’ll…

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Bayern rediscover benchmark with Klassiker destruction of Dortmund

Champions stalked their rivals with intent and entitlement before pinning them into submission as they have done so oftenIt was an evening when we anticipated finding out how much things had changed. In the end it was an evening when it appeared nothin…

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Borussia Dortmund’s late show gives Bundesliga title race jolt of electricity | Andy Brassell

Borussia Dortmund scored two goals in stoppage time as Robert Lewandowksi spurned late chances for Bayern Munich to set up an enticing title run-inAll roads lead to Munich. At the end of a week in which it was announced France’s World Cup-winning defen…

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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…