September 24, 2018 / 9:28 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Five talking points from the Bundesliga

BERLIN, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Here are five talking points from the Bundesliga.

* Schalke 04 were runners-up last season but have so far lost all four of their Bundesliga matches to sit in last place after a disastrous start.

The Champions League club suffered a 2-0 home loss to Bayern Munich with Robert Lewandowski, who netted a penalty for their second goal, scoring for the sixth successive game against Schalke.

Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco still looks to have the club board’s and his players’ backing with captain and keeper Ralf Faehrmann saying “we must solve this situation in a collective manner.”

“We must reduce mistakes but also stay positive.”

* Tedesco’s counterpart at Bayer Leverkusen, Heiko Herrlich, breathed a huge sigh of relief as his team scored their first win after three losses.

Leverkusen edged Mainz 05 1-0 and the three points got them out of last place.

* Hertha Berlin have officially put in their best Bundesliga start of all time with three wins and a draw that sees them in second place, two points behind Bayern.

Slovak Ondrej Duda also became the first Hertha player to notch a total of four goals in the opening four games after also scoring in their 4-2 victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach.

* Werder Bremen, who in the past seasons had to struggle to avoid relegation, are also still unbeaten after their best start in 13 seasons following a thrilling 3-2 win at Augsburg. Werder had squandered a two-goal lead before scoring the winner.

* Hamburg SV suffered a bitter home defeat in their first ever season in the second division, with visitors Regensburg crushing them 5-0. It equalled the record for the former European champions’ biggest ever home defeat.

Hamburg had prided themselves for years for their record-breaking uninterrupted Bundesliga presence since 1963 until last season’s relegation. They are currently in second place in the second division. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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