With Matchday 5 being a midweek encounter, I decided to hold off on a review until the weekend's matches were also completed. It's been seven days, and each club has played two matches. Some things have changed, but some things haven't. Before we get into our review, the first thing I want to do is to send well wishes on behalf of everyone at SB Nation to Hoffenheim's Boris Vukcevic. The 22 year old midfielder was severely injured in a car accident last week and is in a medically induced coma in a Heidelberg hospital.
Frankfurt continue their unbeaten run.
It was quite the return to the big time for Eintracht Frankfurt this week with a come from behind draw with Borussia Dortmund. While the draw may have ended their perfect run to start the season, they remained unbeaten through their first five matches. They extended that to six matches with a 2-1 victory against Freiburg on Sunday.
Frankfurt has had eight different goal scorers so far in the league this season which is a feat only topped by champion Borussia Dortmund. Showing their skill in the summer's transfer market, four of those players were new additions to the club.
The club's first goal coming into this season was to remain in the Bundesliga. Forty points will almost always have a club avoid relegation for the season. With 16 points after their first 6 matches, they're well on their way.
Bayern are beating everybody, and the newcomers are amazing.
The Bavarians have been running through their opponents this season. With 19 goals scored and 2 goals conceded, the rest of the country is staring up at the record champions in awe. Jupp Heynckes has been liberal with his lineup changes in recent weeks as Bayern gets more heavily involved in in their various competitions this season. Luckily for him, the stars have performed up to snuff. While others have been praising Toni Kroos to the high heavens (rightfully so, mind you), the real story out of the Bayern camp is the performance of this season's newcomers.
Mario Mandzukic has been leading the front line of the attack and has had free reign atop the Bayern offense. With Mario Gomez out of the picture to begin the season, the Croatian has six goals in the league and two others in the DFB Pokal. Just behind him is the left footed Franck Ribery known as Xherdan Shaqiri. The 20 year old thunderbolt has been impressive filling in for the injured Ribery and Arjen Robben. If you haven't seen him yet, his skill on the ball is something to behold. Javi Martinez has performed solidly in the midfield partnering with Bastian Schweinsteiger and/or Luiz Gustavo. Since he arrived to the team so late, he's still fully adjusting to the Bayern way.
The big story is on the back line where Dante has slid into a starting centerback role and has owned it since day one. With David Alaba, Rafinha, and Diego Contento injury and Holger Badstuber playing left back, the Brazilian was paired with Jerome Boateng, and the two have performed at a top level. The depth at centerback will allow a rotation that keeps the players as we get deeper into the season.
Hamburg and Hoffenheim have an amazing week.
Heading into Matchday 4, Hamburg and Hoffenheim were both sitting on 0 points. Now, as we head into Matchday 7, both clubs have 7 points and real positive momentum going for them.
There's no doubt that Hamburg had the more impressive run. It began last weekend when they end Borussia Dortmund's 31 match unbeaten run with a stunning 3-2 victory at the Imtech Arena. The followed that up with a draw midweek at Borussia Park against Borussia Mönchengladbach that probably feels like that two points lost by giving up a stoppage time goal. Saturday they put together an impressive performance in a victory over Hannover.
Hoffenheim had arguably the most disappointing start to the campaign of any club. They conceded 11 goals in the first 3 matches and were way out of sync with each other on the pitch. Then, Tim Wiese was injured. Since that time, Hoffenheim have collected 7 points with wins over Hannover 96 and Stuttgart and a draw with Augsburg. Markus Babbel's side is attacking with flair and doing some stalwart defending. They conceded only once in those three matches.
While Hamburg look like they will be able to take all three points before the international break with a trip to Greuther Fürth, Hoffenheim will be taking on Bayern Munich.
What a terrible week for Nürnberg.
Nürnberg started the season with 7 points in their first three matches and were flying. However, they took a bad turn last weekend and have lost their last three matches to Eintracht Frankfurt, Hannover 96, and Stuttgart.
The midfield has stalled out in the past week, and the defense has shipped eight goals in the three matches. They hit rock bottom midweek against Hannover when they were completely dominated in a 4-1 loss.
Dieter Hecking's side will have the opportunity to get back on the winning track this weekend when they visit Freiburg. A positive result heading into the international break can only do the side some good.
The struggles continue in Mönchengladbach, Stuttgart, and Wolfsburg.
Lucien Favre's Borussia Mönchengladbach are still trying to figure out the best way to incorporate all of their new players, and they're still adjusting to life without Marco Reus. However, their complete capitulation against Borussia Dortmund this weekend is disconcerting. The defense completely fell apart as BVB scored goal after goal against them on the way to a 5-0 route. Turning things around needs to begin this weekend, but they'll be facing unbeaten Frankfurt in what is sure to be a tough encounter.
I'll be the first to admit that I thought Stuttgart had the talent to snag a top four finish at the end of this season. At the moment, it's looking like a horrible prediction. Only three sides have scored fewer goals than Stuttgart, while nobody has conceded more goals, and they've been shut out in half of their matches to start the season. What's the solution? I'm not really sure. I'm not convinced Bruno Labbadia knows either, and that's what scares me.
Finally in the ineptitude column is Felix Magath's Wolfsburg. They managed to beat Stuttgart in the first match of the season, but they haven't done much of anything else this season. They grabbed a point each against the two teams beneath them in the table, but that's not saying much. Magath's players just simply aren't performing for him at this time, and he may be coming to the realization that they're just not good enough.