Bundesliga 18/19

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Who is BuLi champion of the 2018/19 Season?


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Shwafta

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I hope Wolfsburg are much better this year. Besides having Brooks I currently work for Volkswagen ( though not much longer ) and I just really like wolves so I Roma would be my serie a team and I kind of like Wolverhampton a little lol
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We've got a long way to go, but yesterday's victory over Schalke will go a long way.

Dortmund just demolished RB! I'm so happy.
 

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Schalke still on 0pts makes me happy.
Wolfsburg, Mainz on 7pts confuses me.
Also, Duesseldorf didn't really deserve that win over hoffenheim, but let's not talk about that one haha.

Anyone else's thoughts on the past few matchdays?
 
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Schalke still on 0pts makes me happy.
Wolfsburg, Mainz on 7pts confuses me.
Also, Duesseldorf didn't really deserve that win over hoffenheim, but let's not talk about that one haha.

Anyone else's thoughts on the past few matchdays?
Certainly been an interesting couple of weeks, eh?
Table after 7 matches;
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Glad Dortmund have turned up, but sad that my Bayern have decided to take a mega deuce the past 2 weeks. Schalke is slowly ascending after a horrendous start for them, and Stuttgart have already fired their coach after 7 games. Mönchengladbach and Werder being the two surprise teams at the top of the table as well, sitting 3rd and 4th.
People wanted excitement, and they have it.
Beginning to wonder if Kovac was the right man for the job or not...
 

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I was and still am a bit skeptical about Lucien Favre as Dortmund manager, as he tends to play a pretty conservative style historically speaking and that's not what I want from Dortmund. But I'm pleasantly surprised to find them three points clear at the top after seven matches.
 
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Certainly been an interesting couple of weeks, eh?
Table after 7 matches;
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Glad Dortmund have turned up, but sad that my Bayern have decided to take a mega deuce the past 2 weeks. Schalke is slowly ascending after a horrendous start for them, and Stuttgart have already fired their coach after 7 games. Mönchengladbach and Werder being the two surprise teams at the top of the table as well, sitting 3rd and 4th.
People wanted excitement, and they have it.
Beginning to wonder if Kovac was the right man for the job or not...
As a largely disinterested fan who mostly roots for an interesting season (which de facto has me rooting against Munich), this is promising. But, I'll probably wait and see if we can get to February without Munich holding at least a 6-point lead before I take it seriously.
 

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I was and still am a bit skeptical about Lucien Favre as Dortmund manager, as he tends to play a pretty conservative style historically speaking and that's not what I want from Dortmund. But I'm pleasantly surprised to find them three points clear at the top after seven matches.
The fact that it's a 3 point lead and, and that isn't even Bayern, is something I find funny.

Certainly been an interesting couple of weeks, eh?
Table after 7 matches;
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Glad Dortmund have turned up, but sad that my Bayern have decided to take a mega deuce the past 2 weeks. Schalke is slowly ascending after a horrendous start for them, and Stuttgart have already fired their coach after 7 games. Mönchengladbach and Werder being the two surprise teams at the top of the table as well, sitting 3rd and 4th.
People wanted excitement, and they have it.
Beginning to wonder if Kovac was the right man for the job or not...
My thoughts:
1. Kovac might become my new favorite coach if things continue this way ;)
2. Hertha does this thing every year where they start out super hot and then slowly descend into chaos (sound familiar much?)
This season is turning out to be promising from a "title race" point of view, because Bayern is down a lot of men and before the January transfer window, that means a lot of games they could end up dropping.

I think Dortmund under Favre have looked a lot more confident, Witsel is a wizard in the midfield, and Alcacer is just a freaking monster. Dortmund's mentality has always been just "score more than the other team can" xD

After the international break, I can't wait to see what comes next! If Bayern drop a third, do you think Kovac is going?
 
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The fact that it's a 3 point lead and, and that isn't even Bayern, is something I find funny.


My thoughts:
1. Kovac might become my new favorite coach if things continue this way ;)
2. Hertha does this thing every year where they start out super hot and then slowly descend into chaos (sound familiar much?)
This season is turning out to be promising from a "title race" point of view, because Bayern is down a lot of men and before the January transfer window, that means a lot of games they could end up dropping.

I think Dortmund under Favre have looked a lot more confident, Witsel is a wizard in the midfield, and Alcacer is just a freaking monster. Dortmund's mentality has always been just "score more than the other team can" xD

After the international break, I can't wait to see what comes next! If Bayern drop a third, do you think Kovac is going?
I think the board will look and see how he does for the rest of October before potentially giving him the boot. There are two more Bundesliga games, a CL game, and a Pokal game before November. If the struggles continue I can see the board doing something. Zidane at Bayern doesn't sound horrible.
 

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I think the board will look and see how he does for the rest of October before potentially giving him the boot. There are two more Bundesliga games, a CL game, and a Pokal game before November. If the struggles continue I can see the board doing something. Zidane at Bayern doesn't sound horrible.
Lol @ these Zidane to X lately!

If you look at the timing of Ancelotti leaving, you'd think Kovac would be out faster. But we'll see. Will we see Jupp3? lol
 
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Lol @ these Zidane to X lately!

If you look at the timing of Ancelotti leaving, you'd think Kovac would be out faster. But we'll see. Will we see Jupp3? lol
Ancelotti left a few months into the season, but also had a whole season previous (~1.2 years of managing Bayern). Kovac has only just started, so I think they want to give him a little more time and see how the team reacts to the past few results. Some time away at international duty may help. Don't want to start becoming a club that ends up with 3 managers before the halfway point of the season year after year.
I don't think we see Jupp, he did his thing to help the club, I don't think he wants to manage anymore. Barely got him to cover last year.
 
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Great game, and Ian Joy.
 

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Can someone explain how Bayern is the 2nd rated club in the world per 538?

I think they are no better than 5th,and that's giving them a massive benefit of the doubt.

Eta: Also, I can't wait to see Pulisic in a Liverpool shirt. Hope that Spanish journalist is right. (and I realize how stupid that sounds just now as I typed it out)
 
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Can someone explain how Bayern is the 2nd rated club in the world per 538?

I think they are no better than 5th,and that's giving them a massive benefit of the doubt.

Eta: Also, I can't wait to see Pulisic in a Liverpool shirt. Hope that Spanish journalist is right. (and I realize how stupid that sounds just now as I typed it out)
It's funny that they're the second rated in the world but only 4th rated in UCL:
https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/soccer-predictions/champions-league/

And their world ranking is no doubt due mostly to last year's and offseason stuff. We've seen it take more than half a season to reflect current playing form. Even with that, it's odd they're ahead of all the Spanish teams that they never beat, among others. I wonder if UCL performance is walled off, at least partly.
 

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Dortmund just sealed the Hinrunde! 9 pts ahead with 2 games left.
Hope they can keep it up and continue this streak!
Congrats, BVB have 100% deserved it! Should be an interesting second half of the season, see if BVB can keep this up and if Bayern truly have turned a corner under Kovac or are just pure shit under him and have happened to get lucky the past few matches. Interesting to see how the relegation fight goes, if Dusseldorf and Stuttgart have indeed risen out of the bottom or not, and if Hannover and Nürnburg are stuck there. Schalke and Leverkusen have been the biggest surprises for me, I expected them to both be near the top of the table, not meddling towards the middle/bottom of the table. Wonder if they'll start climbing up the table second half.

It's amazing to see Reus's abilities and just how good of a player he is and what he's done for BVB being not hurt. Sucks that we can only imagine what the past few years would've been like with him at decent health, in regard to Bundesliga and the DFB.
 
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Congrats, BVB have 100% deserved it! Should be an interesting second half of the season, see if BVB can keep this up and if Bayern truly have turned a corner under Kovac or are just pure shit under him and have happened to get lucky the past few matches. Interesting to see how the relegation fight goes, if Dusseldorf and Stuttgart have indeed risen out of the bottom or not, and if Hannover and Nürnburg are stuck there. Schalke and Leverkusen have been the biggest surprises for me, I expected them to both be near the top of the table, not meddling towards the middle/bottom of the table. Wonder if they'll start climbing up the table second half.

It's amazing to see Reus's abilities and just how good of a player he is and what he's done for BVB being not hurt. Sucks that we can only imagine what the past few years would've been like with him at decent health, in regard to Bundesliga and the DFB.
Schalke can stay down there :)
The 3-3 for Duesseldorf was insane, and I really hope they can find a way to stay up- they've been a breath of fresh air in the league, kinda like how darmstadt was a few seasons ago. What surprises me more than that is how Mainz are managing even though the quality in their team has decreased. Could just be that there are 4 worse teams than them...

Yes. Reus is definitely one of the, if not the best current player in the league. It hurts to know his injuries really set us back in previous seasons. On the other hand, what will Bayern look like without Robben? And I'm going to assume it's Ribery's last as well.
 
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It sucks that it finally has a decent TV presence in terms of amount of games on each weekend/match day (3-4), but I agree that the TV product sucks ass. The announcers are so flat and un-enthused. They just use info that they looked up on wikipedia 2 minutes beforehand. I'm probably going to hear about Lewandowski almost going to Madrid in the summer window each weekend until December.


All good, I actually miss the days of the Bayern-BVB rivalry between 2011-2014. Those games were always chaotic barn burners too.

Sidebar- As long as you don't refer to the Bayern-Dortmund game as Der Klassiker, we can be friends. There's one Classico, and it happens in Spain. Enough with each League needing a "Classic" rivalry. If there was a German "Klassiker" it would be BVB vs. Schalke. Those teams/fans/cities are out for blood.

As for my top 5 and relegation battle clubs, I'm going with;
1. Bayern
2. Schalke
3. BVB
4. Leipzig
5. Hoffenheim

17. Wolfsburg
18. Mainz

I agree with you on Mainz. I'm only choosing Wolfsburg due to their shit form and I don't want an actual Bayern rival to be relegated.
half way through and we both completely underestimated Mainz and Wolfsburg's resolve.. LOL
On the other hand, Schalke has been the surprise flop of the season. Really excited to see what the ruckrunde brings
 
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