The Bundesliga continues with its fourth Matchday since play resumed. Bayern Munich dominated Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0 to keep their seven-point margin over their rival in Borussia Dortmund. However, there is still a lot to play for as second through sixth place remains up in the air as teams push to qualify for European play next season. Here are the biggest takeaways from another weekend of Bundesliga football.
- Wolfsburg continues to be inconsistent as they lose to Eintracht Frankfurt, 2-1
Last weekend, Wolfsburg was the most impressive team of Matchday 28 as they took out a red-hot Bayer Leverkusen team 4-1. They were in solid position to qualify for the Europa League next season. However, those chances took a blow as they fell 2-1 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt, a team that had not won a Bundesliga match since February 7.
They played as if they grew complacent after last week’s result. Despite taking 16 shots, only four were on target while Frankfurt had six shots with three on target. This was a huge result for both teams. Frankfurt finally won a league game for the first time in four months and gave themselves breathing room in the race to avoid regelation. However, this was a huge loss for Wolfsburg as they are now tied with 1899 Hoffenheim for sixth place and the final Europa League spot. With games against Bayern and Monchengladbach remaining, their race to qualify just got more difficult after dropping a winnable game this weekend.
- Kai Havertz continues to perform at a star level as a 20-year-old
Kai Havertz scored an incredible goal in the 54th minute to give Bayer Leverkusen an important 1-0 victory over SC Freiburg on Friday. He somehow tapped the ball into the net despite shooting the ball near the left post in heavy traffic. Havertz has made Bundesliga history as he becomes the first player in Bundesliga history to score 35 goals before his 21st birthday.
Havertz showed Friday how tremendous of a player he is. Leverkusen, despite missing star forward Kevin Volland, needs to take advantage of having Havertz and make it to the Champions League next season before he is sold to a larger team. Leverkusen are still fifth in the table, just outside UCL qualifying. He has been linked to Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal this summer as 80 million euros is the asking price for the star midfielder’s services.
- Angelino is a rising star at RB Leipzig
Angelino is a Spanish leftback that has been loaned out by Manchester City since the 2014-15 season. He has found himself loaned to many different teams, including New York City FC in the MLS. This season at Leipzig, he has been an efficient and productive leftback for a team that currently sits in the UCL Quarterfinals.
On Monday’s game against 1. FC Koln, he showed how much of an impact he has on the team. He owned the left wing and created chance after chance, even notching an assist. While the headliners on this team are forward Timo Werner and midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, Angelino is a crucial and underrated piece on the third-best team in Germany. He is on loan for Leipzig toward the end of the season. If I’m Leipzig, I would push to sign him to a permanent deal with the club. Monday’s game showed just how valuable of a player he is to the club.