As an attacking underdog, the Augsburg team is providing a spectacle for Dortmund, the leader of the league, and is thus in line with the trend. Dieter Hecking is reinventing himself, and the Bundesliga has a striker like never before.
1. The Bundesliga is brave again
What a spectacle! At the furious 4:3 (0:1) between Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg, the guests contributed a large part to this football festival. As outsiders to the unbeaten table leader? There we attack, nevertheless, times. The FCA did not hide and was with his courageous way of playing over 90 minutes equal. A trend this season. While in the past season the Schalker were the trendsetters in terms of success through goal prevention, this season the offensive coaches dominate the top of the table.
Hertha suddenly plays refreshingly forwards, Werder Bremen seeking their salvation in the offensive as well as the surprisingly brisk newcomers. Fortuna Düsseldorf and 1. FC Nuremberg contribute significantly to the quality improvement of the league compared to the relegates from Cologne and Hamburg with their way of playing.
Also the fear of the overpowering Bavarians seems to have vanished – the cup success of the Frankfurt Eintracht has left its traces in the league as well as the preliminary round of the German national team at the World Cup in Russia. Tactics beats slowness, speed individual class. If then maximum destructive plans like those of the VfB Stuttgart (five defenders and three defensive midfielders at the table last Hannover 96) are punished, this can only be good for the entertainment value of the league.
2. Dieter Hecking reinvents himself this season
Dieter Hecking was often criticized in the second half of last season. He would not help the team tactically, he would not have any alternatives. Gladbach’s sports director Max Eberl kept Hecking’s back free during the summer break – and the coach delivers. Hecking installed an offensive 4-3-3, plays with only one six and two more offensive afters. In contrast to the classic Hecking-4-4-2 with two sixes, the new system already seems very risky. But: Hecking has reinvented itself, a precise plan – and the players for it.
At the 3:0 (2:0) against the Bavarians he let Alassane Pléa, who had been shining in the centre of the match in the past weeks, dodge on the wings to put captain Lars Stindl in the middle of the storm. The measure worked: After 16 minutes, both had a goal to show for it. But these goals could only be scored because Gladbach pressed situationally, with the three strikers plus the two aft – and Bayern almost overrun in the build-up. But always with the idea of being defensive as well. Thiago Alcántara seemed completely perplexed at the 2-0 by Stindl because of the high standing Gladbach eighth. Jonas Hofmann grabbed the ball and helped the scorer.
Hecking, the tactical chestnut: While Bundesliga fans only smiled at these words last season, this has been a fact since the outstanding performance in Munich at the latest.
3. Paco Alcácer is the upcoming star of the league
The Bundesliga had to be 55 years old to experience such a balance: For his first six goals in Germany’s top league, the attacker, who had moved from FC Barcelona to Dortmund, needed 81 minutes. At the 4:3 (0:1) against FC Augsburg he was substituted in the 59th minute and scored three times. The highlight of the Alcácer show was his directly converted free-kick in the sixth minute of injury time. Bingo Street is a fantastic bingo community that is full of exciting standard bingo games.
Such a goal scorer has not been seen in the Bundesliga for a long time. However, his coach Lucien Favre wants to use the Spaniard more gently: “He hasn’t played a match over 90 minutes in three years. Favre has a simple explanation for the fact that Alcácer is already hitting the ball like that He simply feels football”.