Berlin (AP) - The Bundesliga is back from the international break. The hierarchy in the upper house is a bit confused before the eighth day. For FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, the coaches have to solve problems once again.
GEDRÄNGE: The top of the league seems balanced for a long time. The first seven teams split only two points. Bayer Leverkusen could jump from seventh place to one with a win at Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday night (20.30 / DAZN) for at least one night. The fact that Borussia Mönchengladbach are the leaders of the international break, VfL Wolfsburg is the first pursuers and SC Freiburg is fourth in a Champions League place - that would probably have expected the least before the season.
Thick air: The clash between Thomas Müller and coach Niko Kovac is officially settled at Bayern before the guest appearance in Augsburg on Saturday (15.30 clock / Sky). Kovac has "made a mistake" after downgrading the World Champion of 2014 with a succinct statement to the reservist. But the anger could flare up quickly when the coach waived Müller in Augsburg. The 30-year-old enjoys as a model Bayer a special place in the club and among the fans, last was even speculated on change thoughts at Müller.
UNDER PRESSURE: For Lucien Favre it gets a bit uncomfortable at Borussia Dortmund. Three times playful BVB last victories, came only to a 2: 2 and slipped to eighth place. Now the title maturity of the self-appointed championship candidate is doubted. The fact that managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke raved about the appearance of his biography again strikingly about the successful years with coach Jürgen Klopp, strengthened the position of tinkerer Favre rather not. The top match on Saturday (18.30 / Sky) against leaders Gladbach is now the prelude to seven heavy games in three weeks. "This is a very nice program. I think that's good, "Favre said.
POLITICAL BRISANT: In German amateur football, there were already first imitators of the controversial salute cheering Turkish international. The military salute applies to the Turkish soldiers in the war effort against the Kurdish militia YPG in northern Syria, which is criticized internationally sharply. Bundesliga clubs such as Fortuna Dusseldorf, FC Schalke 04 or FSV Mainz 05 were looking for a dialogue with their Turkish-born professionals before the match day in order to sensitize them. The DFB threatens players in political actions on the lawn with sanctions from the warning to the lock.