Five things we learned from the Bundesliga


Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich endured a week to forget, but title-rivals Borussia Dortmund also dropped points while Schalke charged off the bottom of the table by flattening Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Here are five things we learned from the sixth round of matches in the Bundesliga:

– Draw doesn’t dampen Ancelotti’s thirst

Carlo Ancelotti had said he would drink three beers — one for each point — during Bayern Munich’s annual visit to Oktoberfest on Sunday if his side beat Cologne.

It would have been no mean feat.

The huge Bavarian mugs hold a litre and the beer, specially brewed for Oktoberfest, is six percent proof.

Having 1-1 drawn at home to Cologne on Saturday, the Italian only had to sip one beer to represent the point his side took.

In traditional Bavarian Lederhosen, Ancelotti was all smiles despite a week to forget after Wednesday’s 1-0 Champions League group stage defeat at Atletico Madrid and the Cologne draw.

It was the first points Bayern have dropped all season, but having previously won all of his first seven games — a new club record — Ancelotti still had reason to enjoy his beer on Sunday.

– Red Bull gives Schalke wings

New-signing Breel Embolo netted his first Schalke goals in the 4-0 thrashing of Gladbach and said their midweek win over Red Bull Salzburg helped spark their turn around after five straight Bundesliga defeats.

The 19-year-old Embolo, who cost 22 million euros ($24.5m) from Basel in June, was superb with two second-half goals and an assist.

“We wanted to win (in the Bundesliga) and we took a big step towards that on Thursday,” said Embolo referring to the 3-1 Europa League win against Salzburg.

– ‘Not even Guardiola…’

Having sacked Bruno Labbadia after four straight league defeats, Hamburg appointed Markus Gisdol as his replacement and the ex-Hoffenheim boss oversaw Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin — their fifth loss in a row.

“You could be called Pep Guardiola, but in five days you can’t have much effect,” quipped Hamburg midfielder Lewis Holtby.

With his team now bottom, Gisdol knows there are no quick answers.

Hamburg pressed higher up the field than usual in Berlin, which left space for Hertha to attack on the flanks.

And Berlin simply responded to his attack-minded 4-1-3-2 formation, deployed for the last 20 minutes, by hitting Hamburg on the break.

– Fouls annoy Tuchel 

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel made accusations of foul play after their 2-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Goals by Admir Mehmedi and Javi Hernandez — Chicharito’s fifth in three games — sealed the win, but another statistic annoyed Tuchel.

“The stats speak a clear language. 21:7 fouls against us. Lines were crossed,” fumed Tuchel.

But he would have also seen a few mistakes from his team.

Mehmedi’s 10th-minute header came about because his marker, Dortmund’s Julian Weigl, slipped.

And Borussia’s defence was pulled apart when Hakan Calhanoglu’s pass was expertly converted by Chicharito on 79 minutes.

– Two kids, two goals for Ibisevic

Vedad Ibisevic netted both Hertha Berlin’s goals in the 2-0 win against Hamburg, less than 18 hours after the birth of his second child.

When daughter Zejna was born on Friday night, Ibisevic was at his wife’s side, but still managed to leave the hospital at midnight.

He stabbed home Hertha’s opening goal on 29 minutes — and celebrated by sticking his thumb in his mouth in tribute to his daughter — then converted a penalty on 70 minutes to leave his side second in the table.

“I really wanted to be at the birth and really wanted to play, so everything went really well,” said Ibisevic.

“Of course, I dedicate the two goals — my wife get’s the penalty.” 

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