October was a busy month in the Bundesliga, but after five matchdays in Germany, it looks as if things have returned to normal quicker than in other countries.
Gone are surprise early leaders and the top five looks exactly as you would expect it to, with last season’s top three all in the same order as Bayern Munich lead from Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, while last year’s fifth-placed team Bayer Leverkusen are a point ahead of Borussia Mönchengladbach who snuck ahead of them to finish fourth in 2019-20.
Overall, German clubs did pretty well in Europe, with Borussia Dortmund’s 3-1 loss to Lazio in their opening Champions League game the standout disappointment, along with RB Leipzig’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester United.
Gladbach almost secured a huge win over Real Madrid but were content with a point, while Bayern Munich picked up where they left off with two wins from two in the tournament, stretching their winning run in the Champions League to 13 games.
Both Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim are top of their groups in the Champions League, with Leverkusen scoring six against Nice and Hoffenheim scoring four at Gent.
Robert Lewandowski was the Bundesliga’s best performer in October and is surely guaranteed to be named Player of the Month after scoring nine goals in three games before being rested for Bayern Munich’s win over Köln.
Lucas Alario ended October in style and carried his good form over into November and has five goals in his last three games for Bayer Leverkusen. People questioned how Bayer would replace Kevin Volland‘s goals, but Alario has stepped into that role comfortably so far this season.
Erling Haaland scored three times for Borussia Dortmund in the league in October, but amazingly, so did captain Mats Hummels. The centre-back bagged a goal against rivals Schalke and then scored twice against Arminia Bielefeld to helped BVB climb into second.
Borussia Mönchengladbach had three wins and a draw in October, where Jonas Hofmann was a key player. He ended the month with two goals and three assists and was the hero off the bench against Mainz, coming on to score an equaliser before assisting the winner in a 3-2 victory.
Looking ahead to November, Milot Rashica should be back in the Werder Bremen XI as a regular starter having missed the start of the season through injury while questions over his future at the club dominated headlines. Aston Villa were interested but a move never materialised and now Bremen will need him to show his form of last season to help them pick up crucial points.
Schalke have been dreadful since last season, but the return of Suat Serdar will be a massive boost. He is the Royal Blues’ most important player and his absence last season was one of the main reasons their form fell off a cliff after Christmas.
Bayern Munich are already at the top of the table and will be favoured to stay there now that Leroy Sané is fit again. The winger looked brilliant in his initial games before injury and will be given plenty of opportunities in Europe and in the Bundesliga to damage defences.
Andrej Kramaric‘s return will be a welcome one for Hoffenheim, having missed the past few weeks after a positive coronavirus test. The Croatian striker had been Lewandowski’s main challenger for the top scorer crown but has fallen behind in the race after missing three matches.