Bayern is champion, Dortmund runners-up, Leverkusen qualified for the Champions League, Fürth was relegated. And yet there is still a lot at stake on the last day of the Bundesliga match. For example, whether Borussia Dortmund will end the season with a new goal record. The team has scored 83 goals so far, with just one missing to match the club’s previous record.
The question of whether Patrik Schick will score his 25th goal of the season for Bayer Leverkusen against SC Freiburg and thus become the top scorer of the season in the club’s history is also extremely exciting. Okay, whether Hertha BSC stays in the Bundesliga or has to do a lap of honor called relegation, that would also be very interesting.
Borussia Mönchengladbach welcomes TSG Hoffenheim, the table tenth meets the table eighth. More mediocrity is not possible. Especially since the Gladbachers themselves will miss their last modest goal of the season. Four months after the departure of sports director Max Eberl, a ten-year era of one-size-fits-all ends for Gladbach. Ninth place is no longer within reach for the team. Now it’s just a matter of avoiding a crash in the TV money table.
In fact, there are still a few million at stake for the Gladbachers, and experience shows that nothing can motivate hardened professionals as reliably as the prospect of making up a few more places in the television money table. Poor Hoffenheim!
Greuther Fürth, bottom of the table, has been without a win for eleven games and has not won a single away game in the entire season. So if the promoted and relegated team is a guest at FC Augsburg this Saturday, you should gather all your courage and count on a success for Fürth. The risk is actually quite manageable. The FCA has a climber phobia. Augsburg have not won a single one of their last fifteen home games against a promoted team. Eight ended in a draw and seven were lost.
And does he still remember the names of the top scorers who interrupted Robert Lewandowski’s reign of terror in the Bundesliga, at least for a moment? The Pole (currently 34 goals) will end a season as top scorer for the seventh time – and for the fifth time in a row. Since the 2013/14 season there have only been two players who have challenged him for the top spot. Most recently it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (2016/17) and before that, in the 2014/15 season, Alexander Meier (pictured) from Eintracht Frankfurt. With 19 goals. Half a Lewandowski, so to speak.
Well, Greuther Fürth, Arminia Bielefeld – and the loser of the relegation.