Five December Bundesliga lessons

Bayern Munich extended their Bundesliga lead to six points as Thomas Mueller and Kingsley Coman shone in a 3-1 win over Hanover, ahead of their Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

 

Bayern's cause was helped as second-placed RB Leipzig were thrashed 4-0 at Hoffenheim -- their heaviest top-flight defeat.

Peter Bosz's misery continued as Borussia Dortmund drew 1-1 at Bayer Leverkusen despite facing 10 men for 50 minutes.

Here are five things we learned from the 14th round of Bundesliga matches:

Volland eyeing Germany recall 

With nine goals this season, Bayer Leverkusen's Kevin Volland is the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga.

The 25-year-old has made 10 appearances for Germany, but was not selected for the final squad which won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

However, he hopes to be on the plane to Russia after scoring against Dortmund.

"I'd love to play for Germany again. The next internationals (against Spain and Brazil) are in March and a lot can happen until then," said Volland.

"What will happen at the World Cup next summer is not in my hands."

 

No respite in sight for Dortmund 

The draw at Leverkusen leaves Dortmund winless in their last seven league outings with a trip to Real Madrid looming.

Despite the dire results, director of sport Michael Zorc said they are not looking to replace head coach Bosz.

"No, we want to turn things around with Bosz," said Zorc, with Dortmund's hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 already over.

To make matters worse, Maximilian Philipp and Gonzalo Castro were sidelined for the foreseeable future after suffering serious knee and ankle injuries respectively.

 

Gnabry coming of age 

Serge Gnabry scored arguably the goal of the weekend with a stunning strike against Leipzig.

Having already put Hoffenheim 2-0 up with his first goal for the club after struggling with injuries since joining on loan from Bayern, the ex-Arsenal winger scored with a wonderful lob from near the centre circle.

"I looked up, noticed the goalkeeper was standing too far forward and decided to just try my luck. It turned out to be a super goal," said the 22-year-old.

However, his 43-metre effort was a long way from Moritz Stoppelkamp's Bundesliga record of 82 metres for Paderborn in 2014.

 

Mueller back on song 

Despite five weeks out injured, Mueller shone for Bayern against Hanover, setting up goals for Arturo Vidal and Coman, before giving an appraisal of their chances against PSG on Tuesday.

Having lost 3-0 in Paris in September, Bayern need a four-goal victory over the Ligue 1 leaders to win their group.

"We definitely won't attack with six strikers, just because we know we need a 4-0 win," said Mueller after his 410th appearance for Bayern left him level with Germany great Lothar Matthaeus.

"But depending on the score we might get a third wind."

 

Goretzka... The new Zidane? 

Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka had a Zinedine Zidane moment when he head-butted Cologne's Salih Ozcan in the chest during Schalke's 2-2 draw on Saturday.

The 22-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal after his excellent early-season form, but it wasn't his play with the ball that brought back memories of Zidane this week.

Zidane was sent off in the 2006 World Cup final defeat for head-butting Marco Materazzi, but Goretzka dismissed the comparison.

"I went to stand up and get the ball - the replays don't look very good, but I am not called Zinedine Zidane! I can promise it wasn't on purpose," said Goretzka, who escaped without a booking.

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