"We started extremely s***tily. In stages, it was OK, then it was s***t again. Then we tried again and then it was s***t once more." - Thomas Mueller rather neatly sums it up.
Ah, and we all had such high hopes for this match, now, didn't we? Coming off a stellar winter training camp, all the Bayern players happy, all the bosses exuberant and Schweinstieger fit... What could possibly go wrong?
If you listen to Jupp Heynckes, it's Neuer's fault. After he let one bogey goal through in the first match of the year against this very same team, it happened again 11 minutes in, when he directed a wayward pass at Marcos Reus who promptly directed it back in to Munich's empty net. "That's Neuer's problem, he wants to make the game too fast. He needs to play more calmly and be more focused. That was the invitation to defeat," opined Jupp.
And if you listen to der Kaiser, Franz Beckenbauer, he says that Jerome Boateng and Arjen Robben don't play well together. (Of which I'm inclined to agree.) "The two of them really can't play together. Boateng always passes the ball in the other direction. This upsets Robben, though, as he always wants the ball. They're not a good combination in my opinion. I think that Rafinha and Robben would suit each other much better." So do we all, Kaiser, so do we all.
Despite everyone's recriminations (some misplaced, some not), it boils down to Jupp Heynckes committing the team too far forward and allowing Lucien Favre's Foals to do what they do best: Defend and counter-attack. Neither Daniel van Buyten nor Holger Badstuber have the pace to play so far up-field. Bayern Munich played tactically perfectly in to 'Gladbach's hands. And the slaughter was only saved by a Schweinsteiger goal late in the second half.
So, what now? Not that an injury is a bright spot, but DvB's broken metatarsal forces Heynckes in to a situation many of us think was the right move in the first place. The injury puts Boateng squarely in center-back and gives Rafinha his spot on the wing, and gives both of them a chance to shine. Of which I have no doubt will happen.
Christian Nerlinger has stated, that even with the DvB injury, that Munich will get no new players in the January transfer window. "We have in Jerome Boateng a player who was in the first place meant to play in this position," he said. "In addition, Luiz Gustavo and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk can play [there]." Fair enough. But where did that Ajax's "Jan Vertonghen to Bayern for 15 million" rumour come from? Ah, fussball.de.
We still sit atop a very tight Bundesliga table in a three-way tie with Borrusia Dortmund and Schalke 04, although we're +4 in goal differential over BvB and substantially more over the Blues. And our bogey team,'Gladbach, sits just one-point behind in second place. It's gonna be a tight ride for the Rueckrunde, and much different than originally thought. It does make for much more passionate, entertaining football, doesn't it?
And won't we all be happy to have Franck Ribery back?
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