US sees sweeping international condemnation over decision on Israeli settlements    Book about Jack the Ripper's victims wins nonfiction prize    Reaction to Mourinho's appointment as Tottenham coach    Unpredictable Sondland faces questions about Trump, Ukraine    As unrest breaks out in Iran more than 100 protestors killed    Argentina's great Maradona leaves post as Gimnasia y Esgrima coach    Tennis: I'll stop when my body tells me to, says Federer    Argentina´s president-elect tells IMF he has sustainable plan to repay debt    Egypt to be among qualified teams to 2021 AFCON: coach    Real Estate shares aid Dubai stocks; other Gulf mixed    Oil steady after two-day declineas growth worries weigh    Egypt's parliament rejects draft law regulating public manners, dress    Sisi says Egypt has spent $60 bln on electricity network, linkages    Dollar, yen climb as trade news dries up    Who's afraid of Iraqi nationalism?    Newsreel    GERD: One round gone, three left    In support of Africa    Connecting the globe    Cleared, with recommendations    Testing times    ‘Tis the season to feel queasy'    Political costs of the Iranian protests    Unbelievable reality    Egyptian Museum marks 117th anniversary    Police kill 2 ‘dangerous criminals' in shootout in Upper Egypt's Aswan    Egypt's Zamalek dismisses defender Mahmoud Alaa departure rumours    To prevent dementia, exercise is the answer – researchers say    Egypt's El-Badry promises performance will improve after Salah's return    The Jobs with the best and worst heart health according to Bupa study    10 tips to have your 30s starting a lifelong success    ‘Shining' sequel ‘Doctor Sleep' targets $25 mln opening, has Stephen King's blessing    Sisi: Egypt believes in comprehensive approach to human rights    Egypt rejects politicised reports on human rights conditions – parliament    Al Pacino says follows this mantra on every acting job    Remembering Mustafa Mahmoud, philosopher of his time    Court sentences six to death, 41 to lifetime imprisonment violence related case    Trump says he would release Mideast peace plan after Israeli elections    ACWA Power compares 3 bids to supply production units for Luxor power station    What do you know about gold alloying?    NBE announces EGP 2.5m prizes for handball youth teams for their world achievements    Jennifer Lopez evokes Egyptian outrage post her North Coast performance    Al-Sisi honours Egypt's scholars on Science Day    IS claims responsibility for suicide bombing killing 63 in Afghan wedding    Political parties gear up for parliamentary, senate, local elections    Unprecedented Glory: Egypt win Men's U-19 World Handball Championship    12th National Egyptian Theatre Festival fuel up public theatre art scene    Ministry of Environment has a plan for "black clouds season"    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Bundesliga sides have reasons to be cheerful after European exploits
Published in Daily News Egypt on 21 - 09 - 2018

With four wins, two draws and one defeat, German sides got off to a decent start in Europe this week. There are reasons to be positive as the Bundesliga enters a busy period – but familiar failings persist for some.After a poor collective showing in Europe last season and some stuttering starts to the new Bundesliga campaign, Germany's international representatives had some big question marks hovering over them this week.
Bayern Munich kicked off a group they are expected to win with a comfortable win away at Benfica but, with a flurry of late winners in tricky European away fixtures, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt also provided grounds for optimism.
However, with the fixtures piling up and the Bundesliga's first “englische Woche” (or “English week,” as the Germans refer to weeks with mid-week games) approaching, more big tests are around the corner.
BVB making their own luck
After crashing out of last season's Champions League without a single group stage win, including two draws with Cypriot minnows APOEL Nicosia, Borussia Dortmund know that maximum points from their meetings with Club Bruges will be vital if they are to progress from this season's group, which also features Monaco and Atletico Madrid.
“Riding their luck,” commented kicker magazine in the wake of Christian Pulisic's slapstick late winner in Flanders, with Roman Bürki, Mario Götze and Pulisic also referring to “luck” in their post-match interviews. Indeed, as the magazine pointed out, five of Dortmund's nine regular-time goals in all competitions so far this season have come in the 85th minute or later – and three of them have been scored by substitutes.
View the glass as half full rather than half empty however, and this is evidence of resilience, belief, quality and the strength in depth necessary to overcome difficult challenges on multiple fronts. Lucien Favre made four changes in Belgium and will have the same wealth of options in Sinsheim on Sunday – possibly including the return of Paco Alcacer.
– Read more: Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund return for domestic duel
Leverkusen stick to their strengths
Only Bayern Munich scored more Bundesliga goals than Bayer Leverkusen last season but the Werkself's leaky defense proved costly as they missed out on the Champions League on goal difference. That problem is yet to be solved, with Leverkusen shipping eight goals in three consecutive league defeats plus two more in the opening 30 minutes against Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday.
But a Kai Havertz and Julian Brandt inspired comeback demonstrated that Leverkusen are best when they play to their attacking strengths, which coach Heiko Herrlich should bear in mind ahead of winnable fixtures against Mainz and Düsseldorf this week.
Frankfurt can go the distance
The loss of a cup-winning coach, the departures of key players, a Super Cup thrashing and a German Cup humiliation: it's been a chastening start to the season for Eintracht Frankfurt.
And when they returned to international competition against last season's Europa League finalists Olympique Marseille on Thursday, not only were their supporters banned from attending through no fault of their own, they also fell behind inside three minutes in the Stade Velodrome.
But Adi Hütter's side fought back and, despite Jetro Willem's second red card in three weeks, claimed a famous three points thanks to substitute Luka Jovic's late strike. After conceding late goals against Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund recently, Frankfurt showed they can last the distance – a timely confidence boost ahead of tough games against RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach.
– Read more: Leverkusen win in Bulgaria, Salzburg upset RB Leipzig
Frustratingly familiar problems
After disappointing in the Europa League last season and conceding late against Düsseldorf, Hoffenheim twice saw a lead cancelled out against Shakhtar Donestk, while Schalke once again failed to click up front in a 1-1 draw with FC Porto.
And after having conceded four in Dortmund and two at home to Hannover, RB Leipzig again looked fragile at the back against their fellow Red Bull franchise from Salzburg.
Familiar problems, but for Bayern, Dortmund, Leverkusen and Frankfurt, there are tenative reasons to be cheerful. Time will tell how long the optimism lasts.

Clic here to read the story from its source.