We are six games in to the season and outside of the very predictable reality that Bayern Munich are pretty good while Bochum and Greuther Furth are pretty bad, we have chaos from 2nd place to 16th place.
Among all that chaos, there was a heartwarming moment as Freiburg said goodbye to their stadium in style.
Freiburg manager Christian Streich was in tears after the club played its final game at the iconic Black Forest stadium and the fans sang his name.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 26, 2021
This has been his home for the last 30 years pic.twitter.com/mooKmdUjT4
Here’s a roundup of the rest of the action in the Bundesliga over the weekend.
Greuther Furth 1-3 Bayern Munich
Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Mainz
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 FC Cologne
RB Leipzig 6-0 Hertha Berlin
Hoffenheim 3-1 Wolfsburg
Union Berlin 1-0 Arminia Bielefeld
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
VfL Bochum 0-0 VfB Stuttgart
Freiburg 3-0 Augsburg
Freiburg, Mainz, and Cologne are... Good?
The top four is occupied by some of the usual suspects, but the three spots after that are held by teams that, to put it politely, weren’t exactly expected to be here. Freiburg, Mainz, and Cologne occupy fifth, sixth, and seventh, where you might usually find the likes of RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Over the weekend, Cologne drew with Frankfurt and Mainz lost to Bayer Leverkusen, but neither of these are necessarily bad results, and in Freiburg’s case, they beat Augsburg 3-0.
Freiburg remain unbeaten so far this season, beating Borussia Dortmund, Stuttgart, and Augsburg, and drawing against Bielefeld, Cologne, and Mainz. Perhaps not the toughest run of games, but according to xGDiff, they are actually performing like the fifth best team in the league too (level with Mainz).
RB Leipzig may have set things straight and got their season started, with their 6-0 hammering of Hertha Berlin, but maybe one of these three teams will be able to hold onto their place among the Bundesliga’s best? Probably not.
Will Freiburg, Mainz, or Cologne maintain their successful start to the season?