The Bundesliga has put two weeks worth of action in the books since it became the first major European league to return after the coronavirus pandemic earlier this month. Bayern Munich remains neck and neck with Borussia Dortmund atop the table, and the two sides have a monster showdown coming Tuesday. Meanwhile, Schalke continues to struggle and looks unlikely to reach its goals, while Hertha Berlin may have just turned the corner.
Here are our power rankings following Matchday 27 in Germany:
1. Bayern Munich
Not super sharp, but it was still three more points for the league favorites. Winning against Dortmund on Tuesday could be the knockout punch and would put Bayern seven points clear.
2. Borussia Dortmund
Clinical as usual and really rolling out of the gates after the shutdown. The defense has looked strong, and that will need to continue to take down mighty Bayern on Tuesday.
3. Bayer Leverkusen
Up to fourth in the table and playing really well with two wins in two games since the return..
4. RB Leipzig
The Sunday win at Mainz puts this team back on track, and Timo Werner bounced back from his struggling form with a hat trick. RB Leipzig's Champions League qualification is back on track.
5. Borussia Monchengladbach
Humbling loss to Leverkusen, and the defense really failed. This team has to react better. Leverkusen's attack isn't Eintracht Frankfurt's.
Still in a Europa League spot after the loss to Dortmund thanks to losses from Freiburg and Schalke. The club can build a cushion for sixth in the next few weeks before facing a tough schedule to end the season against Freiburg, Gladbach, Schalke and Bayern.
7. Hertha Berlin
Matheus Cunha is coming on strong with goals in four straight games, and there is a renewed spirit in this side. Look for Hertha Berlin to finish the season in the top half of the table if Cunha continues to look so comfortable.
This team will take that 1-1 draw at RB Leipzig in the first game back, but losing against Werder Bremen is a big concern. Bremen had won just four of 25 games entering that one. Freiburg will hope it was just a hiccup.
Horror show performance against Hertha and then a bad draw at Paderborn. The team still has a chance at a Europa League spot, but hasn't done itself any favors across the first two matchdays. Three goals in the last five games dating back to before the league suspension.
This team is trending south. No wins in the last nine and just two goals to show for it. Europa League spot is as good as gone and the injury problems continue to pile up.
Cologne goes from blowing a 2-0 lead one week to coming back from 2-0 down to draw this week. Cologne is firmly mid-table but just five points back of a Europa League spot.
12. Union Berlin
What more can you say about this team in its first Bundesliga season? Union Berllin will avoid relegation by a comfortable margin despite a poor showing against rival Hertha on Friday. It was the club's worst performance of the season, but the side remains in good shape.
Absolutely blitzed by a superior RB Leipzig side, and this team now statistically has the worst defense in the entire league with 60 goals conceded.
14. Eintracht Frankfurt
Speaking of bad defense, Eintracht Frankfurt has conceded 18 goals in its last five games. Good thing the team picked up some good results earlier in the season. Those games are keeping this team out of the relegation battle.
A convincing win over Schalke gave Augsburg its first win over an opponent above it in the table for the first time since December. It seems like when players do find their scoring touch, they end up losing those games. But not on Sunday. They made Schalke pay for each mistake.
16. Fortuna Dusseldorf
The good news for Fortuna Dusseldorf is that the club is probably going to avoid an automatic drop because the two teams below it are so bad. The bad news is that, after a blown 2-0 lead against Cologne, anything is possible.
17. Werder Bremen
The win against Freiburg gives this team hope. While relegation may still be likely, Werder Bremen faces some poor defenses coming up in Schalke, Eintracht and Paderborn. Chances to survive are there.
The two draws since returning are something, but this side needs wins to stay up. The team likely needs to win two of its next four to have a strong chance of survival, but two of those games are against Dortmund and Leipzig.