bundesliga week 3 kevin de bruyne absent soccer 2015Wolfsburg fielded a team sans Kevin de Bruyne against Schalke amidst speculation surrounding his future. The absence of their talismanic midfielder, who ultimately sealed his move to Premier League giants Manchester City, didn’t make much difference to their fortunes as they defeated the Royal Blues 3-0. Bas Dost, Ricardo Rodriguez and Timm Klose were on the scoresheet for the hosts as they collected all three points.

Bayern Munich continued their winning run and defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-0. Thomas Muller scored a brace while Arjen Robben grabbed the third from the penalty spot to hand Bayern Munich all three points at the Allianz Arena. If early impressions are anything to go by, Pep Guardiola’s side will be hard to stop in their bid for a fourth successive league title and with the addition of Douglas Costa in their ranks they look all the more threatening.

Eintracht Frankfurt put four past a hapless VfB Stuttgart and ran way 4-1 winners at the Commerzbank Arena to register their first win of the season and climb to eighth spot in the league standings as a consequence, whereas Stuttgart are second from bottom. Hoffenheim were held to a scoreless draw by newly promoted Darmstadt, who registered their third consecutive draw.

Bundesliga new boys Ingolstadt secured a narrow 1-0 win over Augsburg to climb to seventh in the league standings, whereas Mainz collected all three points for a second successive weekend as they defeated Hannover 3-0 to occupy fifth spot.

Philipp Hosiner’s and Anthony Modeste’s second half strikes gave 1. FC Koln a 2-1 win over Hamburg, who maintained their top flight status only after surviving a playoff battle last term. The win sees the Billy Goats move to fourth in the table with two wins and a solitary draw from their first two games. Meanwhile, Hamburger are 13th in the standings with two losses and a draw against their name.

Champions League entrants Borussia Monchengladbach are enduring a difficult start to their campaign as they have lost all three of their Bundesliga outings and are lying rock-bottom in the league table. They suffered a humiliating 4-0 loss at the hands of Borussia Dortmund on the opening weekend and followed it up with a 2-1 loss to Mainz. Last weekend they suffered another 2-1 loss, this time against Werder Bremen and remain rooted to the bottom of the table. They will look to revive their season once it resumes post the international break.

A case can be made that Borussia Monchengladbach are going through the same kind of form that inflicted Borussia Dortmund last term – at least in the first half of the season. However, under Thomas Tuchel’s management, the Black and Yellows’ fortunes have completely changed and they are absolutely flying off the blocks. Dortmund have registered three league wins out of three and not just the wins, but the manner in which they have been achieved has shown that they can be legitimate challengers for the league title. They won 3-1 against Hertha Berlin at the weekend.