The first week of matches in the UEFA club competitions went far from ideally for many the German teams involved. Some of the results were outright embarrassments for those clubs and by extension for the Bundesliga as a whole.
But first things first, the week actually got off to a decent start. On Tuesday, Borussia Dortmund was quite unlucky to only draw 0-0 at home to Champions League title contenders Barcelona.
As good as that result may sound, Dortmund had the Catalan giants on the ropes and is unlikely to ever encounter a weaker Barca team.
The man of the match on the visiting side was keeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who added fuel to the fire of the passionate debate on whether he or Manuel Neuer should be Germany number one goalkeeper.
Elsewhere that evening, RB Leipzig celebrated a famous victory away to Benfica Lisbon. That was the first career Champions League win for the Bulls’ young new coach Julian Nagelsmann, who had failed to achieve that task with his former club TSG Hoffenheim. It was a 2-1 success, thanks to a Timo Werner brace.
On Wednesday, Bayern Munich managed a 3-0 win over Red Star Belgrade, which was far more difficult than the result makes it sound.
Kingsley Coman opened the scoring after more than half an hour. Robert Lewandowski made it 2-0 with only ten minutes left in the game, marking his 200th goal for the club. Thomas Müller added the last strike of the night in stoppage time.
Now we can get to the first embarrassing result for German teams, as Bayer Leverkusen started its Champions League campaign in sorry fashion on Wednesday, losing 2-1 at home to Locomotive Moscow. Remember, that group also contains Juventus Turin and Atletico Madrid!
Thursday was Europa League day. It began with an Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 defeat to the B-team of Arsenal FC. Paradoxically, it was a match that the team from Hesse dominated.
But the biggest embarrassment for any of the German teams came later, as Borussia Mönchengladbach was destroyed at home to the Austrian no-names of Wolfsberger AC 4-0.
Meanwhile, VfL Wolfsburg’s 3-1 victory against PFK Oleksandrija was not embarrassing in terms of the score, but the embarrassment came in the form of the attendance figure of just over 10,000.
Overall, one can only hope that those German teams that started badly make up for it and that the others continue to shine.