Who will be German champion? Who will get their ticket for the next C1? Who will stay in the German top flight? Or what are the records to beat? 90min stands for you on the eight challenges of the second half of the season in the Bundesliga.
A rise of Borussia Dortmund on Bayern Munich seems totally illusory, but football has already proven to us on many occasions that we always have to be wary. With eight points behind, Marco Rose’s men will have to achieve a clear round and hope that Bayern Munich leaves points on the way. Erling Haaland and his teammates have the ability to finish the championship strong. Eliminated from the national cup and all European competitions, the BVB only has the Bundesliga in its sights.
Opposite Bayern Munich has been experiencing a decline since the start of the calendar year. Much less serene in the game, the men of Julian Nagelsmann have had all the trouble in the world to be regular lately. With a busy schedule, Lewandowski’s band could leave valuable forces in the Champions League and find themselves disarmed at the weekend in the league. Dortmund will surely have one or two opportunities to come back on the heels of the Bavarians. You should not miss it at this time.
Currently at 28 goals, Robert Lewandowski can still hope to exceed his own record of achievements in a single season. During the previous exercise he had exceeded the symbolic bar of 40 pawns held by Gerd Müller since the 1971/72 season.
Ten games from the end of the championship, everything is still possible for the Pole. To erase his own record, the current Bundesliga top scorer will need to average 1.4 goals per game. A statistic far from insurmountable for the Bavarian when we know that he has already scored 39 goals in 33 games this season, in all competitions. The downside that could prevent him from writing the history of the German championship again would be his coach’s desire to let him breathe the weekend for the Champions League.
During the 1971-72 season, Udo Lattek’s Bayern Munich managed to score a record number of goals in a single season: 101 goals. A totally crazy number. It was also this same year that the Bavarian striker Gerd Müller had planted 40 pawns.
At the time of writing, Robert Lewandowski’s band has already scored 75 goals, an average of 3.13 goals per game. There are ten games left for the Bavarians to score 27 “goals” and break the record for the 1971-72 generation. With an average of 2.7 pawns per game, the objective is within the ropes of the men of Julian Naggelsman. Last season Thomas Müller and his teammates had failed at three small units against two the previous year.
If Bayern Munich (1st, 58 pts) and Borussia Dortmund (2nd, 50 pts) have almost acquired their ticket for the next Champions League, the last two sesames will be hotly contested. They are three for only two places: Bayer Leverkusen (3rd, 44 pts), RB Leipzig (4th, 40 pts), Freiburg (5th, 40 pts) and Hoffenheim (6th, 40 pts).
In this race for the C1, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig are the favorites. With respectively five and six victories in the last six Bundesliga games, the teams of Domenico Tedesco and Gerardo Seoane have the experience not to twist in the final sprint. If Freiburg and Hoffenheim are still 100% in the fight for Champions Leaguethese two surprise teams have outperformed for a long time this season and should struggle to keep up with the frantic pace of their direct competitors.
Freiburg is this season’s surprise team in the Bundesliga. Currently fifth on equal points with RB Leipzig (first qualifying place for the LDC), Christian Streich’s men dream of Europe. What about C1, C3 or C4? If the qualification in the Champions League is quite possible from an accounting point of view, it is a little less so on the ground. Much more irregular, the Fribourgeois seem to be a tone below RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen.
Freiburg should therefore fight for a place in the Europa League. Neck and neck with Hoffenheim, Vincenzo Grifo and his teammates have the resources and qualities to finish fifth in the German championship at the end of the season. We will surely know a little more after April 30 and a trip to the lawn of Hoffenheim. Still in the race for Europe, it will also be necessary to be wary of Union Berlin and FC Cologne.
Like every year, the fight for survival in the Bundesliga promises to be tough. If Greuther Fürth (20th, 14 pts) and Stuttgart (19th, 19 pts) leave with a slight delay everything is still possible. Indeed Hertha Berlin (18th, 23 pts), Augsburg (17th, 23 pts) and Arminia Bielefeld (16th, 25 pts) are not immune to relegation at the end of the season.
There are still a good number of direct confrontations between the competitors in the maintenance. Last year, it was necessary to have stored 34 bridges to keep its place in the elite. A number of units still far from being reached by the clubs concerned.
After fourteen games without a single victory (thirteen defeats and a draw) during the first fourteen days of the Bundesliga, one could think that Greuther Fürth was going to be the new Schalke 04. Attractive in the game but much too feverish defensively, the promoted had all the troubles of the world to get their heads above water. But, since December 12, Stefan Leitl’s men are doing a little better with thirteen points out of thirty possible (three wins, four draws and three losses).
Always good last, the record of the last ten meetings is cause for hope for Paul Seguin and his teammates. Still last in the Bundesliga, Greuther Fürth is “only” nine points behind the first non-relegation player. If the chances of maintaining themselves are slim, everything is still possible for the club from the city of Fürth.
Christopher Nkunku (14 goals), Moussa Diaby (12 goals) and Anthony Modeste (15 goals) are walking on water with their respective clubs this season. Central elements of their coach’s starting eleven, the three Frenchmen are having a remarkable season. Far behind the indefatigable Robert Lewandowski, they are hot on the heels of the top scorers in the German championship (Erling Haaland and Patrik Schick).
Very prominent this season, one of these three former Ligue 1 players will have the opportunity at the end of the season to make history in the Bundesliga by becoming the top French scorer in a season in the German championship. He would thus be ahead of players like Franck Ribéry or Johan Micoud.