Jupp Heynckes' €12.50 and a flip chart couldn't stop a Hannover 96 squad with the best home record in the Bundesliga. And, truth be told, if you're not a fan of Bayern Munich, it was one of the more entertaining matches in Germany so far this season.
This was my first time nervously pacing - not sitting - while watching a match this year. And the expletives and epithets coming out of my mouth were met with a small amount of consternation from my friendly neighbours. At least they couldn't understand most of what I was saying.
If I had one word to sum up the match, it would be: Unlucky. Philipp Lahm's clumsy poke at the back of the legs of Steve Cherundulo 23 minutes in? Unlucky. The subsequent penalty by Abdellaoue ending Manuel Neuer's Bundesliga 770 minute clean sheet streak? Unlucky. Christian Schultz getting a yellow for pushing Jerome Boateng, while Boateng received a red for pushing back? Unlucky. Christian Pander's shot taking a strange deflection off Gustavo for the second Hannover goal? Yeah, unlucky. Mario Gomez' three chances going awry? Uh huh. Kroos' screamer hitting the crossbar? Schweini knocking the upright? You know it, UNLUCKY.
Most importantly, running in to a Hannover 96 side, confident at home, who believed in themselves? Good on you, '96!
Next up is our DFB Pokal match at home against FC Ingolstadt. They currently are dwelling at the bottom of the 2. Bundesliga, and frankly, I don't see us losing this one. I couldn't even begin to imagine a starting XI for Bayern as I have a feeling Jupp Heynckes will give some players a much needed break.
The player who should definitely not be starting? Philipp Lahm. He's looking tired and slow in his last couple of matches. He is responsible for both of Neuer's streaks coming to an end. The Bayern captain needs a chance to put his feet up for 90 minutes, and I'd expect Contento to get the start. As far as the rest? Your guess is as good as mine.
On a final note, would you have imagined that our only losses of the year would have come against 'Gladbach and Hannover? Looking at the schedule, I'd bet you say no. But, I'll take a couple of glitches along the way of what, so far this season, has been an absolute pleasure to watch. And really, it's not like we lost 1-6 at home now, is it?
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