Soccer-Talking points of the Bundesliga weekend
Bundesliga weekend talking points: TEENAGE INVASION
Bayer Leverkusen have fielded two 16-year-olds in their 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin, Zidan Sertdemir (16, 276 days old) becoming the second youngest Bundesliga player of all time. He set the record minutes after his teammate Iker Bravo (16, 298 days) became the second youngest, behind Youssoufa Moukoko of Borussia Dortmund.
WOLF HUNT Coach Florian Kohfeldt got off to a successful start at VfL Wolfsburg, winning 1-0 over Augsburg with three wins in three matches in all competitions.
He started with a 2-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen before his side claimed their first group win over Salzburg in the Champions League. “I have to stress that all of the club officials made it easy for me to get here,” Kohfeldt said. “There was quickly the creation of a ‘We’ throughout the club,” he said. “I’m only part of it.”
DORTMUND MISFIRE Borussia Dortmund had to wait 53 minutes until their first shot on goal in the 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig, underscoring their desperate need for injured striker Erling Haaland to return as soon as possible.
Marco Rose’s side have averaged 1.8 goals per game without the Norwegian. When Haaland, who has been out since mid-October with a muscle injury, plays, that number climbs to 3.3 goals per game.
Of the 28 league goals Dortmund have scored this season, Haaland, who has appeared in six of 11 games, has participated in 12, with nine goals and three assists. To make matters worse, new signing Donyell Malen, who joined PSV Eindhoven for â¬ 30million ($ 34.7million), has yet to score a league goal this season. ($ 1 = â¬ 0.8655)
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