OVERVIEW | Mainz faces the toughest race, but did they do enough to beat the crash? Bayern Munich close to ninth successive title and more

The last few days have rocked the football world deeply – and no, we’re not just talking about FC Köln’s 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig. The Super League is already dead in the water unless you’re Florentino Perez, and German heavyweights Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are among the very few to come out of the whole debacle with their reputations enhanced. Now we can get back to football, and the 31st The day of the Bundesliga promises to be important. Here, we take a look at five of the main talking points.

1 | The tough Mainz 05 race begins – have they done enough?

Bo Svensson’s revolution in Mainz continued during Englische Woche as Die Nullfünfer won 1-0 at Werder Bremen. This means they are now unbeaten in their last six league games, collecting 14 points in that span, and had the season started from Rückrunde they would find themselves fifth in the Bundesliga table.

Prior to Svensson’s arrival, Mainz was almost without hope of remaining in the top flight, but with four games to go they are five points ahead of Cologne in 17th and Hertha in 16th. It’s been a turnaround of epic proportions, but it’s hard to see Mainz picking up many more points for this term. On Saturday they host Bayern Munich, before the matches against Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg round out the campaign.

They have the toughest race of those in the battle for survival, including Hertha, who will have three games on hand and six in total by the end of this day. Svensson did a spectacular job at the Opel Arena, but does Mainz have enough cushion to survive even if they end the season badly?

2 | Bayern Munich close to ninth consecutive title

The past year has been unprecedented not only in German society, but also in German football – it will be difficult to get used to emptying the stadiums, especially in the Bundesliga where the supporters contribute so much. Some things, however, never seem to change – Bayern are getting closer to another title.

RB Leipzig’s shock defeat to Cologne and the Bavarians’ 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen mean Hansi Flick’s side are only one win away from a ninth consecutive Bundesliga trophy. The campaign has been far from great for Bayern – they were beaten by Holstein Kiel in the DFB Pokal second round, while Paris Saint-Germain knocked them out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals. Flick, meanwhile, is expected to be set to leave the Allianz Arena soon despite being the manager with the highest winning percentage in Bayern history.

Still, they can always count on a league victory to get through relatively turbulent times. The Super League fiasco has once again put the 50 + 1 rule in the spotlight and, although there have generally been calls for the system to be introduced into English football, there have been calls for the system to be introduced into English football. asked if he was that useful given Bayern’s dominance. It should be noted that the 50 + 1 legislation was not introduced to level the playing field, but rather to ensure that clubs remain loyal to their supporters. As we saw last week, not even the Bayern juggernaut can escape it.

3 | Wolfsburg vs Borussia Dortmund – Could Eintracht Frankfurt be the big winner?

Just when it looks like the battle for the Champions League has taken a decisive turn, it’s open again. Frankfurt’s 4-0 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg’s 3-2 loss to Bayern helped Dortmund close the gap to the top four. All three have prevailed in Englische Woche, which means only five points separate them before the last four games.

On Saturday Wolfsburg will host Dortmund in a huge game. Die Schwarzgelben have won the opener between the two this season 2-0 and, with Jadon Sancho returning against Union Berlin, Edin Terzić will fuel hopes that his side can inflict a sixth loss of the Bundesliga campaign at Die Wölfe.

The biggest winner of the day, however, could be Frankfurt. As these two people above go head to head, they will travel to Leverkusen. On paper it seems like a tough game, but Die Werkself’s form has been disappointing and they have only won two of their last six games. After this clash, the Eagles will face Mainz, Schalke and Freiburg – Hütter will be convinced his side have enough to get the job done.

4 | Bremen dragged into relegation battle

Not so long ago, Bremen were reaching a mid-table end – exactly what the doctor ordered Florian Kohfeldt’s men after they finished the previous term in the relegation play-offs with their Bundesliga status uninsured only after an away goal victory over second-third Heidenheim. However, a club’s record of six straight Bundesliga defeats means they have been drawn into the relegation battle.

Only four points separate them from the crash, and they face a series of tough matches to end the season. Then Union, which remains in search of a European place, and the Alte Försterei has become a stronghold for the German capital team – they are currently in the middle of an unbeaten 14-game run there. .

Kohfeldt won the German Manager of the Year award in 2019 after Bremen narrowly missed the Europa League under his tutelage. However, this season is, so far, the third worst in the club’s Bundesliga history, and they had managed even fewer points at this point last season. While Kohfeldt has some promises, the accolades he initially received may have been a bit premature.

5 | Frank Kramer wants to continue the recovery of Bielefeld

The arrival of Frank Kramer at Bielefeld has breathed new life into the team. From their last four games, they have collected eight points, while they have also kept three clean sheets in a row. The manager change has had the desired effect and, with four games remaining, they will feel they have every chance of a previously unlikely survival.

Next up is a tough trip to Borussia Mönchengladbach. At home they lost just 1-0 to Die Fohlen, and if they are to get the most out of the game this time around they will have to lean heavily on their backline. Although they are currently 15th, they have a better defensive record than seven other teams and have dispatched as many as their future opponents, who are seventh.

While their defense is in good shape, Kramer will demand more from their attackers. They have failed to score in five of their last nine games and regularly struggle to create chances. Gladbach has failed to score in just three league games throughout the season – if Bielefeld is to get anything out of the game, he will surely have to find the back of the net.

Jon radcliffe

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