A handful of Premier League linked players showed very strong performances in the Bundesliga at the weekend.
Bayern Munich won the top match of the weekend with 2-1 against an aggressive and well organized team from Leverkusen. Mandzukic scored his 17th goal of the season and Schweinsteiger netted an incredible free kick for the reigning German champions. Manchester United target Toni Kroos put in an average performance in Bayern’s midfield and didn’t give Guardiola a lot reasons why he should be picked instead of Thiago. Schweinsteiger’s brilliant performances in the last two matches against Arsenal and Leverkusen after a long injury break also give a lot of renewed hope to German fans for the World Cup.
Dortmund lost at home 1-2 against Mönchengladbach and are now as second in the table, already 23 points behind Bayern. As there are only 9 matches left in this season Bayern will probably secure its title within the next two weeks. Dortmund’s goal was scored by the young Serbian midfielder Milos Jojic, who they had signed in the last transfer period.
The match with the most goals was of course Hoffenheim’s as in their 25 matches so far, there have already been unbelievable 110 goals. This time they lost at home 2-4 against Mainz after leading already 2-0. Liverpool linked player Firmino put in another good performance and scored Hoffenheim’s second goal.
The other players who could move to the Premier League this summer showed also strong performances. Tottenham linked Aaron Hunt scored Bremen’s 1-1 equliser against Stuttgart with a free kick. Juliann Draxler, who is linked with Arsenal, contributed in a decent way to Schalke’s 2-1 away win in Augsburg and also Manchester linked Matthias Ginter showed a strong performance for Freiburg during their much-needed 4-1 away win in Frankfurt.
In the Bundesliga table Dortmund, Schalke and Leverkusen have the Champions League starting places 2-4 with 48, 47 and 44 points. Fifth and sixth place, which provide qualification to the Europa League, are currently taken by a surprisingly strong Mainz and Wolfsburg.
At the bottom of the table Braunschweig with 18 and Stuttgart with 21 points would currently be relegated to the second division, but also Freiburg with 22 and both Nuremberg and Hamburg with 23 points, the situation is far from over.
The five top scorers in the Bundesliga right now are Lewandowski from Dortmund with 15 goals and 9 assists, and Mandzukic from Bayern with 17 goals and 5 assists, followed by Ramos from Hertha Berlin with 15 goals and 6 assists, and then Firmino from Hoffenheim with 13 goals and 7 assists and Müller from Bayern with 12 goals and 8 assists.
If Bayern win next week in Mainz and Dortmund doesn’t manage to defeat Hannover in their away match, then Bayern will secure their inevitable success as Bundesliga champion.