With three games played in the new 2019/20 Bundesliga season and the first international break upon us, it seems a good time to take stock of the early season fate of the three promoted sides. Next up SC Paderborn.
Promise rather than points
A solitary point after the first three games seems scant reward for the effort SC Paderborn have put into their Bundesliga start, but it just goes to show the challenge facing the promoted side this season.
Bayer Leverkusen would have expected to win their opening fixture at the Bay Arena against the newcomers, which they did. It wasn’t however the canter that some imagined with Paderborn twice producing quick equalisers to Leverkusen goals in a furious first half. Only Kevin Volland’s goal in the second 45 minutes separated the sides. Trainer Steffen Baumgart admitted there was a gulf in quality between the sides, but few observers saw a gulf in effort.
The first home game at the Benteler Arena saw them concede three goals once more, this time to Freiburg. Despite taking a third minute lead, they were made to pay the price for their lack of efficiency up front by the visitors. Paderborn had 19 attempts on goal to Freiburg’s nine, but the Breisgauer were more clinical scoring three. Another Bundesliga lesson learnt.
Against Wolfsburg they finally earned their first point at the Volkswagen Arena. They once again took an early lead, and then showed that they could defend resolutely against a top team. It was only after Oliver Glasner injected fresh impulse with second half subs that the home side finally managed to break through and equalise.
All three games have shown promise and Baumgart will be pleased with various elements. However, the Bundesliga is an unforgiving environment and Paderborn still only have a single point to show for their efforts.
Striker Streli Mamba has made an instant impression with his pace and goals. Having only played at 3.Liga level previously, the summer signing from Energie Cottbus scored on his Bundesliga debut against Leverkusen and then claimed another against Freiburg to double his tally.
Midfielder Christopher Antwi-Adjei had a very good game against Leverkusen and continued to impress against Freiburg, while fellow midfielder Klaus Gjasula has also shown his qualities thus far.
Its all about points at this stage for Paderborn. They host Schalke after the international break, before a trip to face Hertha Berlin. That is followed by the arrival of Bayern Munich. It is in the three games that follow that their most likely points will come from with Mainz (h), Köln (a) and Fortuna Düsseldorf (h) their opponents.
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