The soccer news starts with the biggest game on the Bundesliga season that didn't stick to the script. Instead of a closely fought encounter between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, Der Klassiker turned into a rout.
Bayern Munich now leads the Bundesliga following a 5-0 home win over Dortmund. The result turns the season around for Bayern, now back where they assume that they always belong. It's first or a lot of excuses and the inevitable coaching change for Bayern Munich. That could still be in the works should the rest of this season and the Champions League not go there way. Right now? It's Bayern's show.
"This 5-0 defeat is difficult to swallow," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said. "We were given a lesson. Bayern were much better, a lot faster and they played with pace. We had a great chance on goal early on in the game. It's difficult to say whether the match would have panned out differently with a goal for us. We wanted to create opportunities for runs in deep with Marco up top, but that didn't work unfortunately. We need to concentrate on our upcoming games now. There are still six fixtures remaining."
Indeed, with Borussia Dortmund still in position to get the point and the goals that now separate them from Bayern at the top of the table. Bayern lost four times last season in a Bundesliga season where they finished 21 points ahead of 2nd-place Schalke. Bayern already has four losses this season after 28 games. Borussia Dortmund has three. It's the draws that caught up with them, six to Bayern's four. It's not completely out of scope for Bayern to lose some points over the next six league games.
There's now an eight-point gap between 2nd and RB Leipzig in 3rd. Leipzig has a three-point lead on 4th-place Eintracht who in turn lead Gladbach by four points. Wolfsburg holds the last European place three points behind Gladbach. All of those teams have USMNT players. 8th-place Werder Bremen is still in the conversation for a European place, two points behind 6th-place Wolfsburg and a point behind them. There's still plenty of time for things to change in the Bundesliga this season.
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