Round 19 of the German Bundesliga began this past Friday with a wild game between Hertha BSC Berlin and Schalke 04.
The main news concerning the Royal Blues was that after discarding the veteran center back Naldo in the winter break, coach Domenico Tedesco decided to make a change in goal as well, putting the young Alexander Nübel in the place of his experienced captain Ralf Fährmann.
The game itself ended 2-2, with the capital club coming back from behind twice, leaving Nübel without a chance on either occasion.
On Saturday afternoon, Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund demolished struggling Hanover 96 5-1, with four of BVB’s goals coming in the second half. On the following day Hanover sacked coach André Breitenreiter and replaced him with Thomas Doll, who had coached Hamburger SV as well as Dortmund before.
In another top vs. bottom clash, Borussia Mönchengladbach defeated FC Augsburg 2-0, while TSG Hoffenheim overcame SC Freiburg 4-2.
Mainz 05 beat 1.FC Nuremberg 2-1, due in large part to the VAR system, which disallowed a 2-1 Nuremberg goal for having been so slightly offside, that it was not visible to the naked eye! Such decisions can make the difference between relegation and survival in Bundesliga 1.
As it stands, Mainz should easily avoid the drop, while der Klub finds itself at the foot of the table.
Finally, Bayer Leverkusen hammered VfL Wolfsburg 3-0, thus securing the first victory under Peter Bosz in impressive fashion.
On Saturday evening, Werder Bremen failed to overcome Eintracht Frankfurt, in a 2-2 draw despite having been far superior on the night. Their coach Florian Kohfeldt once again caught the eye for criticizing the officials, who in my opinion did nothing wrong that disadvantaged Bremen.
This time, he finally had to leave the coaching zone for it, which was overdue justice.
On Sunday, Bayern Munich beat VfB Stuttgart 4-1 thanks to their second half performance, while RB Leipzig dismantled Fortuna Düsseldorf 4-0, largely within the first 15 minutes.