When they achieved promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history last May, many expected them to remain rooted to the bottom of the table for a year. But their start has been explosive. Four games, two draws, and two wins, including a 3-0 thrashing of Hamburg.
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This is a club from a town of only 150,000 people. Their Benteler Arena stadium has a capacity of just 15,000, with only 5,000 of those in seated areas.
'When they line up against Munich on Tuesday night, the entire market value of Paderborn's squad will be at about £20million – about half the value of Thomas Muller.
'And yet it is Bayern who are quaking in their boots. Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer said this week that 'Bayern are only slight favourites, and that's only because they're playing at home,' while Pep Guardiola didn't hesitate to express his admiration for Paderborn.
'We know why they are at the top of the table. They play aggressively. They have no pressure on them. It's not a surprise.'