Bundesliga Review: November

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The Bundesliga table began to take shape in November with Bayern Munich returning to the familiar spot at the summit ahead of RB Leipzig, Bayern Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund, with four of last season’s top five occupying the top four spots.

Wolfsburg have been somewhat of a surprise package so far in 2020-21, sitting in fifth thanks to a solid month from Wout Weghorst, who scored four goals and assisted another during November. The Dutch striker was impressive in front of goal, but still not as impressive as Max Kruse, who has helped send Union Berlin up to sixth.

After returning from a year in Turkey, Kruse was the Bundesliga’s best player in November, bagging five goals and assisting four more to have Union performing way better than expectations at this early stage of the season.

Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland also had an impressive month, scoring five in the league and four in the Champions League but started November on a sour note, picking up an injury that will keep him out for the rest of 2020. Dortmund coach Lucien Favre hopes to have him back in January, with the winter break also giving the rest of the squad a chance to recover after a busy schedule.

Union’s local rivals Hertha Berlin had a mixed month, winning one, losing one, and drawing two. That included a 5-2 demolition against Borussia Dortmund (where Haaland scored four), but also saw them win 3-0 away at Augsburg. Matheus Cunha got a goal and an assist in that game and finished the month with five goal contributions in total.

RB Leipzig need to beat Manchester United in their final Champions League game to qualify for the last 16, with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich already having sealed a place in the knockout stages. Angelino has been their top scorer so far this season and continues to be a menace from wing-back.

Bundesliga sides have four games before the winter break, including a midweek tie on Match Day 12. Having just four games remaining means that Schalke cannot break the Bundesliga record in 2020, as they are now six games away from equalling the longest run without a win in the German top-flight, set by amateur side Tasmania Berlin.

With Bayern Munich already qualified in the Champions League, they can focus fully on the league between now and Christmas and even rested Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski in Europe as a result. Joshua Kimmich is closing in on a return and could make a huge difference in midfield.

Haaland’s injury opens up options in attack for Dortmund, with Jadon Sancho likely to benefit as Favre could use him as a false nine. That role could help the Englishman get back to his best as he has been inconsistent in 2020-21 so far after the transfer saga which saw Manchester United fail to make a move before the window closed.

Lucas Alario had a great October but was not as impressive in November, meaning Patrik Schick could be in line to prove himself as Bayer Leverkusen’s main striker following his summer transfer. Alario is the side’s top scorer, but has not been a constant under Peter Bosz in previous seasons, which could mean Schick could keep his place up front if he can find the net on a consistent basis.

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Ronan Murphy is a social producer for Goal.com, where he looks after their Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as providing written features on the Bundesliga and FIFA. He also appears regularly on radio and television, including talkSport and LoveSport in the UK, talking German football while constantly sharing his strange obsession with super-striker Sandro Wagner.

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