Bayer Leverkusen Speedster Leon Bailey Continues to Highlight His Potential

Leon Bailey continues to show that he’s a difference maker. Last Friday night, in Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-0 win over Stuttgart, he supplied the two assists. The first was the real feature, and as Bailey beat a man out on the byline and outpointed another, dribbling beyond the opposition markers with typically tricky feet, it wasn’t […]

Stuttgart’s Speed Too Much for Disorganised Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund didn’t have a great start against Stuttgart. In fact, it only took them five minutes to cough up a goal in remarkable circumstances. Stuttart midfielder Santiago Ascacibar hit a fairly harmless ball over the top, looking for Chadrac Akolo but not getting anywhere near finding him. That allowed Marc Bartra, Dortmund’s centre-back, to […]

Jeremy Toljan Unstoppable as Germany Progress to U21 EURO Final

Jeremy Toljan may not be the biggest name in Germany’s Under-21 team, and given that he plays alongside guys like Max Meyer, Serge Gnabry and Max Arnold, that’s probably not too much of a surprise. When he starts to charge down the right-hand side from his fullback position, though, observers quickly start to take note. […]

Wolfsburg Need More On-Pitch Clarity In Order To Survive Relegation Play-Off

Following their 2-1 defeat to Hamburg on the final matchday of the Bundesliga season, VfL Wolfsburg have retreated to the Dutch town of De Lutte, located on the Dutch-German border, to settle in for a brief training camp. That camp is needed to ready the side for their relegation play-off against Eintracht Braunschweig, a two-legged […]

Kevin Vogt Highlights his Quarterbacking Qualities in Hoffenheim’s win over Hertha

Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin endured an interesting encounter on Friday night, with Julian Nagelsmann’s men eventually claiming a 3-1 win at the Olympiastadion. Hoffenheim’s task may have been made easier by Maximilian Mittelstadt’s dismissal, following a clumsy second yellow 54 minutes into the match, but there could be no mistaking their overall level of proficiency. […]

Weinzierl and Goretzka Lead Schalke in Comeback UEL Win over Gladbach

    Markus Weinzierl charged onto the field after Schalke secured their place in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, enthusiastically congratulating, almost thanking, his players after their away goals win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the process. His excitement was understandable, not only in light of Schalke’s struggles in the Bundesliga, which currently see them sitting […]

How Schalke’s High-Intensity Pressing Troubled Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga

  Before Schalke 04 took to the field for Friday night’s game against Bayern Munich, their manager, Markus Weinzierl, talked about their tactical options. “There are two possible approaches for us to take for the game,” he said. “Either sit deep, or try to push higher up and put the opposition under pressure.” It wouldn’t […]

How Gladbach Exposed Roger Schmidt’s Stretched-Out Bayer Leverkusen

Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen endured a pretty tough start to the new Bundesliga campaign. The two UEFA Champions League qualifiers had to play against each other in the baking German heat, with temperatures across the country soaring into the mid-30s. Gladbach wide man Oscar Wendt described playing in those conditions as “completely exhausting,” while […]

Bayern Exploit the Flanks to Dismantle Werder Bremen in Bundesliga Opener

After taking over from Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, Carlo Ancelotti has no doubts about what he’s inherited. “I’ve said before the team has fantastic qualities from the Guardiola era,” he said, “especially [in terms of] the control and ball possession.” Those qualities were yet again evident in Bayern’s Bundesliga opener, played at home against […]

How Brandt and Bellarabi Propelled Bayer Leverkusen to End-of-Season Success

As Bayer Leverkusen took to the field for their final match of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, they were greeted by an enthusiastic set of home fans at the BayArena. They had reason to be excited as well, given that their players had recently secured third place and, with it, a coveted UEFA Champions League place. […]