Never one to relish writing about losses, I find myself in the unusual (read: horrible) position of now having to write about them three times in a row. I pack enough snark and criticism in my blogs about the wins, so you might imagine my vitriol when we lose.
For 270-some-odd minutes, I have been shouting at my computer / television. In English and German. Very little of which is fit for print here. Not very fun to be a Bayern fan, presently, is it? And, you have to go back a full 11 years to find the last time Bayern lost three consecutively...
Oh, what to do?
The obvious solution is to relieve Louis van Gaal of his duties. But, at what price? Mindful of the fact that we still have the return tie versus Inter next week, Rummeniegge and Co. are holding off until a true suitable candidate can be found.
Leading the race for succession is, again, Ottmar Hitzfeld. Other names include Matthias Sammer (failed at Stuttgart), Rafa Benitez (doesn't speak German), Frank Rijkaard (likes Portugal) and Jupp Heynckes (presently at Leverkusen).
I would think no decision will be made until after we are eliminated from Champions League competition. Smart move, in my mind, as a stop-gap change now would certainly see us out of our last ghost of a chance at any sort of title. Not that I think we're going to progress much farther there...
So, what went wrong for Louis van Gaal? There's no denying his tactics. He can't be faulted there. It's his inability to assess talent that will be his undoing. He is too hell-bent on being clever, and so narrow-minded as to not see what is in front of his face. When every armchair manager in the world can tell him where is positioning is wrong, he chooses not to listen. As if to say, "I'm so brilliant. I wrote the book on it. Literally." And you know, when that stuff works, the manager takes on a heavy helping of ego. A dose of, "See?! I TOLD YOU SO." which only perpetuates his actions.
But, it's painfully obvious that it's not working here.
So, what should he have done against Hannover? Bastian Schweinsteiger's enforced sit nor Luis Gustavo's flu could be helped. So, sure, there was a bit of a quandary in the holding midfield. What would have been so bad about moving Tymoschuk up to partner Toni Kroos? Louis van Gaal's insistence on figuring Daniel van Buyten in to matches our previous two outings meant that he could've been inserted at CB. Why not? It is, after all, his natural position. Holger Badstuber shouldn't be anywhere near a pitch right now, so Pranjic or, god forbid, Diego Contento, should have started opposite Lahm.
Gah! What's so hard about that?!
For all his irascibility, and for his willingness to go toe-to-toe with German footballing giants, I applauded the Dutchman. But, his time is done. Thanks for the double last year, Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal! You know the saying: Don't let the door hit you...
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