The 6th day of the Bundesliga once again had a lot to offer, including three records. While Jonas Wind becomes leader, Mats Hummels returns to a tie with Michael Zorc. And Leverkusen made the best start to the season in the club’s history. Here are our Bundesliga awards.
The Leitwolf Prize
With seven goals in six games, Wolfsburg’s Jonas Wind not only has an explosive scoring rate, but is also more efficient than Wolfsburg icon Edin Dzeko, who scored five goals in the same period.
Wind is currently becoming a real leader in Niko Kovac’s team. His coach also recognizes him. “Jonas worked very well during the summer holidays. He did a very good preparation. And he is healthy,” Kovac explained.
“It’s a nice feeling. Of course it means something to me,” Wind said happily on the microphones after the match. When asked why things are going so well for him at the moment, the Dane said answered: « I’ve been asked this question 100 times. But I still don’t know. I say it every time: I had a good preparation and I feel good physically. » Next week, the attacker will have the opportunity to further extend its record against VfB Stuttgart.
The “We are a top team” award
Xabi Alonso’s Bayer 04 Leverkusen are currently the team of the moment in the Bundesliga. With the 3-0 victory against Mainz, Leverkusen made the best start to a season in the club’s history. With 16 points, the Werkself leads the Bundesliga standings. With a goal difference of 20:6, they underline their dominance.
Against Mainz 05, the efficiency was also brutal in the spirit of a top team: with an average xG (expected goals) value of 2, the Leverkusen team is only just behind FC Bayern ( 2.44xG). Against Mainz, Leverkusen’s value was only 1.13 xG, well below their average. They scored three goals from three shots on goal. This ruthless efficiency is exactly what teams need to compete for the championship at the end of the season. We can’t wait to see how much further Alonso’s team can climb.
The “Rising to Dortmund Legend” award
Mats Hummels equalized Dortmund legend Michael Zorc on Friday evening and set a club record. In the 3-1 victory at TSG Hoffenheim, Hummels celebrated his 206th Bundesliga victory in a BVB jersey. Zorc, who played exclusively for Dortmund during his career, needed 463 games to achieve 206 victories.
Although Hummels started his career in Munich and also played for FC Bayern from 2016 to 2019, he reached the record after just 347 games for BVB. This represents a win rate in a BVB uniform of 59 percent!
The “Do I Take the Negatives Seriously” Award
In recent years, we all know that Union coach Urs Fischer is a big fan of euphemisms. Although he has stated that staying in the league has been the Union’s goal for the season in recent years, that really seems to be the case for this year’s CL participants. The Iron Men have lost their last five matches in all competitions and are on a really negative streak.
The Swiss coach does not let himself be discouraged, even after the defeat in Heidenheim. After the match, he joked at the press conference with Heidenheim coach Frank Schmidt, who gave him his biography: “Thank you again for your book with a personal dedication. I will try to read this as soon as possible. Maybe there is a trick to get out of this situation.
It does not seem that Fischer is really concerned about the current situation in the Berlin Union. On Tuesday, the Union will have the opportunity to prove the opposite by winning against Sporting Braga in the CL.
The “Two Different Halves” Prize
Bayern’s season so far has been characterized by ups and downs. On the one hand, they won more confidently 7-0 against Bochum last week. On the other hand, they were 2-0 down against Leipzig after just 30 minutes and thus spoiled their own match to a certain extent.
In response, Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel raged in his halftime speech. This had an effect, as Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich also assessed on ‘Sky’. “It was extremely important that we were able to show such a reaction. The first half didn’t start too badly for us. It annoys me how we concede goals after a throw-in and a corner and invite Leipzig into the game. “We were way too stupid and couldn’t get back into the game in the first half,” said the 28-year-old.
Kimmich identifies an improvement from last season. The fluctuations in performance still bother him: “It’s a little difficult to explain that we’re replaying a first half like that. Before the match, we didn’t have the impression that we were going to lose control of the match. In the second half we showed that we were capable of dominating Leipzig. We didn’t succeed against Leverkusen. We didn’t succeed against Leipzig. “It was also a bit tricky against Man United,” summarized Kimmich and admitted: “We always struggle to perform well against the top teams for 90 minutes.”
The “Shooting Gallery” Prize
Werder Bremen does not really want to prepare for the new Bundesliga season yet. This weekend, the Hanseatic League lost its fourth match in its sixth appearance against Darmstadt. With the defeat against the Lilies, Bremen have already lost against the two promoted teams. On the fourth day, Werner’s team lost 2:4 against Heidenheim. However, it becomes even weaker…
The Hanseatic League has already conceded at least four goals in three matches this season. It’s going half well.