Matchday 19 of the German Bundesliga provided its usual dose of drama, both on and off the field.
It began on Friday, as Borussia Dortmund’s good second half performance against Hertha BSC Berlin was only just enough for a come from behind 1-1 draw. The internal ban of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang still looms large with every BVB miss in front of the opposition’s goal.
The Gabonese international is reportedly doing all he can to force Dortmund officials into agreeing to send him on a big move to Arsenal.
While the transfer seems imminent, one has to wonder why any club would want a player, who has so little regard for his contractual obligations of his current employers, regardless of that player’s ability on the field.
Or perhaps that is the wrong way of looking at the situation. Maybe Aubameyang has been instructed by Arsenal officials to force Dortmund’s hand that way.
But if that is indeed the case, then the Beautiful Game has more serious problems than we first thought.
On Saturday afternoon, Bayer Leverkusen jumped into second place of the Bundesliga table, by hammering TSG Hoffenheim 4-1. SC Freiburg aided that jump, by defeating the previously second RB Leipzig 2-1.
Elsewhere, Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated FC Augsburg 2-0.
Meanwhile Mainz 05 distanced itself from the bottom-three with a 3-2 victory over VfB Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt defeated VfL Wolfsburg 3-1.
The Saturday evening game was a relegation six-pointer between last place 1.FC Cologne and the team above them Hamburger SV. In it, two decent Cologne attacks were enough to give them the 2-0 victory and thus, cost HSV coach Markus Gisdol his job.
Former Hamburg star Bernd Hollerbach, who has some lower-league head coaching experience with Würzburger Kickers to his name has already taken Gisdol’s place.
On Sunday, Bayern Munich defeated Werder Bremen 4-2, while Schalke 04 drew Hanover 96 1-1.
That means that the Bavarians are on pace to win the earliest ever Bundesliga title, as the races for everything else remain tight.