Bundesliga round-up of the 24th match day, Muller and Draxler shine

Thomas Muller, Germany National Football Team

Bayern certainly seem to be ready for Arsenal.

Bayern demonstrated once again their current exceptional position with a 6-1 away win in Wolfsburg.

For the first 60 minutes Wolfsburg played a very aggressive pressing against Bayern and managed to keep the match open with a 1-1 draw at that time, but could not keep up and conceded five goals in the following 20 minutes.

Müller and Mandzukic each scored two goals whereas the other two were contributed by Shaqiri and Ribery. Bayern have scored 19 goals in the last four Bundesliga matches, and are well prepared for the upcoming Champions League match against Arsenal.

The second highest result of the weekend was Schalke’s much needed 4-0 victory against Hoffenheim with a superb Huntelaar scoring a hat-trick. Also Arsenal linked Draxler had a very good day and was responsible for two assists. Hoffenheim once again showed their Dr-Hyde-face after winning 6-2 against Wolfsburg last week.

Dortmund had an unspectacular 1-0 away win in Freiburg with an impressive 25-metre-lob from Sebastian Kehl the decisive goal. This was achieved without Lewandowski who was out injured.

The fair play moment of the weekend has to go to the half-English player Aaron Hunt. In the match between his team Bremen and Nürnberg the referee decided on a penalty after Hunt was tackled in Nürnberg’s penalty box.

Hunt himself went then to the referee and told him that it hadn’t been a foul, and the referee  withdrew his decision. Hunt earned a lot of applause for this gesture despite the fact that his team was already winning 2-0 at that time, which was also the final result.

At the bottom of the table Frankfurt managed an important 1-1 draw in Hamburg and can probably start to plan for another season in the Bundesliga. They will need another coach as their current coach Veh announced during the week that he will leave Frankfurt at the end of the campaign. He has been linked to Schalke as the manager there, Horst Heldt, has already worked successfully with Veh when they both won the Bundesliga title with Stuttgart in 2007.

Stuttgart themselves dismissed their coach Schneider and presented Huub Stevens as a new manager after a disappointing 2-2 draw at home against bottom of the table Braunschweig.

Stuttgart now have 20 points and on goal difference is one position better than Hamburg. for who the English player Michael Mancienne starred at the weekend. One point behind them sit Freiburg with 19 points and Braunschweig remains last in the table with 17.

At the top Bayern kept their 20-point advance over Dortmund who are now is four points ahead of Leverkusen and Schalke. The difference between Schalke in fourth and Wolfsburg in fifth amounts already to five points.

The biggest surprise of the season is doubtless Augsburg, which has the third lowest budget of all teams, in sixth position in the table. Finishing there would allow them to play in the Europa League next season.

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