The stats and standings reflect Paderborn’s inferiority in Germany’s top-flight this season. Steffen Baumgart’s side have the most league defeats this season, having been on the receiving end of the scoreline 17 times from the 25 league games this season.
Only 17th placed Werder Bremen have a lower goal difference with -28, compared to Paderborn’s -24. That is also the case with goals conceded, with the 55 goals Bremen have conceded being the only total greater than 54 goals that have gone against Paderborn.
Interestingly though, Paderborn have shown that they will not roll over at the hands of the big boys in the league. German football has been dominated by Bayern Munich over the course of the past decade, but the Bundesliga’s bottom side have not them get three points easily at their dispense.
Even though they have ultimately lost both games at home and away at the Allianz Arena, both games have ended in 3-2 wins for the Bavarians, with Paderborn fighting until the end and being a challenge for the current champions. The most recent encounter between the two at Bayern’s 75,000-seater home in February saw Paderborn come from behind twice, with Bayern needing a late winner from goal machine Robert Lewandowski to clinch the three points in the 88th minute.
Paderborn have also put up a courageous effort against other big teams in the league this season. They were 3-0 down at half time when they hosted title challengers RB Leipzig earlier in the season, before bringing it back to 3-2 in the second half and making it a nervy final 15 minutes for the Red Bulls.
Perhaps the biggest showing of Paderborn’s grit and determination was shown in November, when they were 3-0 up at half time away to Borussia Dortmund. The team that are placed second in the Bundesliga managed to pull it back in the end, but Paderborn can use the way they didn’t roll over and get beat by Dortmund to build upon.
They can look back on the point earned against a team everybody expected them to be annihilated by, to give them some confidence for the final run in and look to complete a great escape that everybody seems to think is near impossible at this moment time.