The Bundesliga is back after a two-month break and did not disappoint last weekend.
While it was bizarre to watch the new normal in Germany, it was a pleasure to have live football on our TVs again.
A total of 27 goals were scored in nine games, some of which will be candidates for the season goal. The results provide more intrigue in the table.
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Here are our considerations from the 26th matchday in the Bundesliga.
Borussia Dortmund in top form when Leipzig slips
The performance of the weekend belonged to Borussia Dortmund, who demolished 4: 0 on Saturday in the Revierderby Schalke.
Erling Haaland continued his hot streak by opening the scoring and scoring his tenth goal in nine league games since moving to Dortmund in January.
The other top 5 European leagues are still on hold, but Haaland joined the elite with this strike.
There is no doubt that Haaland was in a sensational form, but the chances of it maintaining this conversion rate are slim. He tried 21 shots and scored 10 goals. However, the expected goals of the Norwegian (xG) via Understat.com show that a regression is imminent. Regardless, the 19-year-old is clearly a special talent.
Elsewhere for Dortmund, full-backs Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi were devastating in the 3-4-3 system of coach Lucien Favre. Guerreiro pitched in a double and led all players in the match with four shots.
Schalke, however, was sad. It seemed as if they were nowhere near ready to reactivate. Coach David Wagner repeated Dortmund's 3-4-3, but deployed a high line of defense, which was tactical suicide against BVB's fast three fronts.
Schalke's average position against Borussia Dortmund. (via SofaScore)
RB Leipzig were five points behind Bayern in Saturday's Red Bull Arena, but they ended the weekend in fourth place after a 1-1 draw with Freiburg and seven points behind Bayern Munich.
In reality, this was complete rule from Leipzig. Freiburg's goal was the result of an unfortunate distraction over a corner that led to an attack by the hosts.
Leipzig tried 19 shots, many of which were of high quality, and the game xG table shows this as an example.
xG card for RB Leipzig – Freiburg
Football is really back huh pic.twitter.com/nBIFbir7RA
– Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) May 16, 2020
Saturday's draw could ruin the chances of winning the title in Leipzig unless other results on the table are in your favor.
Bayern Munich wins against Union Berlin
The defending champions did the job in Berlin, but it was a challenge.
Bayern Munich defeated the brave Union Berlin 2-0 thanks to a penalty kick by Robert Lewandowski in the 40th minute and a header by Benjamin Pavard towards the end of the second half.
The Bavarians may have won, but they looked out of rhythm. Union deserves immense credit for frustrating the champions for as long as they have managed. The 5-4-1, which was used outside the ball, kept Bayern on only 10 shots and 0.7 xG (without the penalty).
xG card for Union Berlin – Bavaria
Union implemented a strategy pretty well overall, no matter pic.twitter.com/jvD8Kltka3
– Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) May 18, 2020
Unfortunately for Union, the unnecessary foul by Neven Subotic on Leon Goretzka nullified the team's efforts. Top scorer Sebastian Andersson was also only available from the bank, so the host's comeback attempt was limited.
A few Bayern players still stood out despite the frustrations. Thiago was great in midfield with its distribution in crowded areas, which helped against Union pressure.
The Canadian Alphonso Davies also had some brilliant moments and created three chances in the 90 minutes. Davies often came forward and clearly took advantage of this.
When a player like Davies is blessed with this devastating pace, it's obviously easier to be offensive.
That being said, like his teammates, Davies was still not completely in sync. However, this is to be expected for every player. Overall, it was a solid trip for the 19 year old.
Alphonso Davies v Union:
36/47 passes (76%)
3 opportunities created
Solid game for today. #FCBayern #CanMNT pic.twitter.com/RRljrRBH8W
– Peter Galindo (@GalindoPW) May 17, 2020
"Gladbach, Leverkusen keep pace in the Champions League race
The fight for the top 4 and the place in the Champions League is even more compact after the weekend thanks to the draw from RB Leipzig.
In the late game on Saturday, Borussia Mönchengladbach ensured that Eintracht Frankfurt won 3-1, supported by two goals in the first seven minutes from their fervent French strikers in Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram.
That was practical enough for Gladbach, who defended resolutely and did not give any clear chances until Andre Silva took comfort in the 81st minute.
xG map for Frankfurt – Gladbach
2-0 in eight minutes and the game went on, Gladbach football is a lot of fun pic.twitter.com/It2Edo2Sic
– Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) May 16, 2020
“Gladbach's win meant that Bayer Leverkusen had to defeat Werder Bremen on Monday to get closer to the top 4, which was a 4-1 win and a double from Kai Havertz.
Havertz was also not the only boy who impressed Leverkusen. Moussa Diaby provided two assists, including the opening for Havertz, and troubled Bremen's full-back with his dribble. Diaby changed flanks during the game and this seemed to confuse the Werder defense.
But it was Edmond Tapsoba who was most consistent during the 90 minutes. The 21-year-old looked good on the ball and read the game very well. He completed nine restorations and four duels, preventing several Bremen counterattacks.
The seventeen-year-old Florian Wirtz also wrote club history and looked impressive early on, but eventually faded as the game progressed. This is not a surprise as he seemed overwhelmed by the speed and intensity of the game. But he should feel more comfortable over time.
Honors also in the relegation battle
The only 0-0 draw at the weekend was between Paderborn and Fortuna Dusseldorf, both fighting for survival in the Bundesliga.
Fortuna remains four points behind Augsburg and Mainz for security reasons. It looks like they are facing a relegation playoff against the third-placed in the second division.
It was even more important for Fortuna that Paderborn won no soil. Werder Bremen's loss to Bayer Leverkusen also keeps Bremen at bay.
Player of the Week
Raphael Guerreiro, Borussia Dortmund
Guerreiro was everywhere on Saturday. The Portuguese scored two brilliant goals and was crucial to several dangerous chances. He also contributed defensively with four restores, five duels and two interceptions. He was probably the most active player on the pitch.
Goal of the Week
Matheus Cunha, Hertha Berlin
Cunha achieved an incredible solo attempt against Hoffenheim on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Brazilian has scored three goals in five league games for Hertha Berlin since joining the club in January.