Berlin (dpa) - RB Leipzig can already test what it feels like to be the leader in the Bundesliga. For at least one day, the Saxons can conquer first place in a tie at Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday.
The German record champion Bayern Munich wants to start on the 15th matchday with a win against Werder Bremen. Two unequal neighbors meet in the Rhenish derby.
JUMP: Julian Nagelsmann's problems some Bundesliga coaches would like to have. On Tuesday, his team was 2-2 at Olympique Lyon group winner in the Champions League - and the coach noted with regard to his offensive: "I'm not satisfied with the status quo." In the game at Fortuna Düsseldorf, the most accurate attack can be the league (39 goals) prove to his coach that he can do better - and at the same time shoot the Saxons at the top of the table for at least one day. In Dusseldorf, it is enough to replace Borussia Mönchengladbach from first place by Sunday. But Nagelsmann warns of the Düsseldorfers: "It is already a team that plays nickel, is positively disgusting in some moments and can hurt the opponent."
CLASSICAL AD: The duel between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen was once a classic. But the days when the Bremen team was on par with the rival from the south are long gone. The last Werder victory ever was in Munich in September 2008 (5-2). The opponent no longer excites anyone with a record of just one win in the last ten point games at Bayern. After the last two league defeats, the game is supposed to initiate the Munich race to catch up. Seven points to the top have to be caught up. «We want to end the first half of the season with three wins. It is not easy, but we will tackle it, ”said coach Hansi Flick.
AWAY CURSE: With three wins in a row, BVB has played out of the sporting low. Marco Reus played a large part in this with three goals and one assist. The BVB captain has so far only met at home, however, he has not yet scored a scorer this season. That should change at the guest appearance in Mainz on Saturday (3.30 p.m. / Sky). Mainz coach Achim Beierlorzer has something against it: "We want to use our opportunities."
OLD LOVE: Steffen Baumgart still lives near the stadium An der Alte Försterei, where his old love Union Berlin is at home. From 2002 to 2004 he played for the Iron and worked his way into the hearts of the fans. Now the 47-year-old is receiving his favorite club as coach of SC Paderborn for the first time in the Bundesliga for a promotional duel. He will not give presents to the Berliners. Because Paderborn urgently need points as penultimate. "We want to move up two places and we need victories for that," says Baumgart. After all, his team finally had a sense of achievement at the last minute victory in Bremen.
UNEQUAL NEIGHBORS: Geographically, Bayer Leverkusen and 1. FC Cologne are only 20 kilometers apart. In the Bundesliga, the Rhenish neighbors currently live in different worlds. After victories in Munich and against Schalke, Leverkusen are on the up. The relegation from the Champions to the Europa League only caused a bit of annoyance. The Cologne team crashed to the bottom of the table. The change of coach from Achim Beierlorzer to Markus Gisdol has also brought nothing. In three games under Gisdol, the newcomer took just one point. «We are in a difficult situation. But it is important to continue to spread optimism. You can only do that if you are convinced - that's me, »said Managing Director Horst Heldt.