Bundesliga: Five Takeaways From Week 3

HANNOVER, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 15: Szabolcs Huszti (L) of Hannover celebrates after scoring their first goal with Konstantin Rausch (R) of Hannover during the Bundesliga match between Hannover 96 and Werder Bremen at AWD Arena on September 15, 2012 in Hannover, Germany.(Photo by Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/GettyImages)

The third week of the Bundesliga season has passed. What did we learn?

Three weeks into the Bundesliga season, and the main thing to take away is this:


Whether it's (a) newly promoted clubs winning games, (b) big clubs succeeding, (c) big clubs bombing, or (d) individual brilliance from players, the Bundesliga has been fantastic through three weeks.

Bayern Munich is rolling.

The Bavarians have eased through all three matches so far this season and now sit top of the table. No team has scored more goals than Bayern (12), and only one side have conceded fewer (2).

Yes, they've added some outstanding talent with Mario Mandzukic, Dante, Xherdan Shaqiri, and Javi Martinez. However, the pace that they've set at the beginning of the season is remarkable considering the injuries and time missed for Mario Gomez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery, and Arjen Robben.

Arguably the most impressive part of Bayern's wins is the way that they have won. Last season, they struggled to break down sides that would sit back and defend, but they have shown versus Greuther Fürth and Mainz that they can break them down this year. Last season, they also struggled when teams scored first against them, but they showed in the 6-1 thrashing of Stuttgart that they're able to put the sword to someone that scores on them first.

Obviously, Bayern's success will be determined in the league by their matches against Borussia Dortmund and Schalke and in Europe by their matches against other elite clubs.

Nothing is working at Hoffenheim.

It's hard to find a club across Europe that have started their campaign worse than Markus Babbel's Hoffenheim.

They lost their opening round cup match 0-4 to a fourth division side, and they've since lost their first three Bundesliga matches. With a goal differential of -7, it's obvious that Hoffenheim's biggest issues are in defense. With Tim Wiese in net, the club needs central defenders that can defend, and right now, they don't have this.

Luckily for Babbel, the club doesn't have a large supporter base. He may yet get time to try to turn this around in the coming weeks. After three matches they've already conceded a quarter of the goals that they allowed all of last season. Something has to be done and soon, or this will be a long season for Hoffenheim.

Szabolcs Huszti is crazy fun.

Hannover 96 went to work this summer at bolstering their squad to improve on last season's league and cup appearances. One of their big moves was bringing midfielder Szabolcs Huszti back to the club from his three year Russian expedition.

In eight appearances in all competitions this season, the Hungarian has scored four goals to go with several assists. During his three seasons with Zenit St. Petersburg, Huszti only scored 9 goals total.

Huszti's last two league matches have been particular stunning. Against Wolfsburg, he assisted on all four goals in the 4-0 victory. In Saturday's match against Werder Bremen, he scored two goals and assisted on one. His second goal was the match winner and scored deep into stoppage time. The goal was not only the match winner, but it was a bicycle kick. It was crazy awesome.

Why can't Stuttgart score?

Stuttgart scored the fourth most goals in the Bundesliga last season. With Martin Harnik, Vedad Ibisevic, Shinji Okazaki, Tunay Toran, and Cacau manning the attack, one would think that Stuttgart would have no issues finding the back of the net.

However, facts do not lie. After three league matches, Stuttgart have only found the back of the net once. This offensive ineptitude cannot last forever, can it? Harnik and Ibisevic combined for thirty goals between the two of them last season. So far this year, only Harnik has scored, and that was in a 6-1 loss to Bayern Munich.

Perhaps, Stuttgart has just played really good defenses up until this point. It's definitely possible. Aside from their shellacking at the hands of Hannover 96, Wolfsburg has improved defensively on last season. Bayern Munich have one of the league's' best defenses, and Fortuna Düsseldorf have yet to allow a goal.

It's time to break out of your offensive shell.

Nürnberg quietly looking good.

One of the big surprises of the season to date is the play of Nürnberg. They're unbeaten in three matches including a draw against Borussia Dortmund, and a big win away from home to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Dieter Hecking has his side playing very good football, and a lot of that falls at the feet of new signing Hiroshi Kiyotake. Through the first three matches, the Japaneses midfielder has three assists and one goal. Kiyotake doesn't turn 23 for another couple of months and reminds people a bit of former Borussia Dortmund player Shinji Kagawa with his quick movements with, and possibly more importantly, without the ball.

Their next three matches will be very interesting against Eintracht Frankfurt, Hannover 96, and Stuttgart. All Frankfurt has done is win to this point, and Hannover has been very good to this point. Der Club will be looking for four points out of those matches, and it looks like this could happen.

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