Two days ago, Bayern beat the locals, Qatari second division club SC Al-Sailiya, 13-0. Jupp Heynckes fielded a strong starting line up (including, thankfully, my favorite person ever): Only Ribery absent from what is normally a starting XI for us. None-the-less, it took awhile for the boys in red to get going with Robben opening the scoring on 36 minutes, a minute later Gomez scored from a Kroos pass, and as the first half was dying out, Mueller added to the total.
The second half saw Heynckes put in 11 fresh players. And then the rout began. Olic netting on 52, 62, 74, 82 and 84; Petersen on 54 and 85; Ribery on 73 and 77, and Contento on 78. Whew! That's a mouthful.
A couple thoughts come to mind. First, how painfully thin did Schweini look? Somebody give that boy a steak! Also, the German press has been asking what sort of tattoo he should get to cover up that horrendous scar on his collarbone. To me, it's a badge of battle and he shouldn't change a thing. We already know I think he's perfect. (Yeah, yeah. I'm a girl. Sue me.)
Second, Olic played as a man possessed. He is determined to either get a starting berth (which I don't think will happen), or a winter transfer (which I don't think will happen, either). Lazio is supposedly offering 2 million a season to bring him over in the summer, although I'm pretty sure he'd rather leave now. I feel for Ivica, I really do. Mario Gomez is certainly not getting any worse, and it would take him being injured to be supplanted by the Croatian international. Olic will just have to make hay whenever he has a chance, and with Bayern still in three competitions, he will get them.
The Marcos Reus transfer saga finally came to a conclusion as the 22 year-old chose his hometown club, Borrusia Dortmund, over Arsenal and Bayern Munich. On some levels, I understand, and on others, I do not.
Juergen Klopp is scary-good at getting the best out of young talent. And playing in front of friends and family week-in-and-week-out, with a reasonable chance of making European competition every year are definite pluses. However, with that being said, Dortmund can't get their act together in Europe. Is it youth? Inexperience? And when do you stop blaming it on either of those things? BVB were dead last in their Champions League group this season, and failed to get out of their Europa League group the year before.
It could reasonably be said that, at least in Munich, he would have limited playing time. And with Christian Nerlinger recently hinting that Arjen Robben would soon be offered a contract extension, perhaps Reus felt he'd have a better chance playing regularly at Dortmund. And Robben himself shrugged off Marcos by basically saying (and I'm paraphrasing because now I can not find the direct quote), Bayern already has two talented wingers. Cheeky.
Personally, I thought Reus would have fit in better with the Gunners solely based on his shocking hair. Man, that London squad has some hair-don'ts. Speaking of Arsenal...
...I'm going to London! Yay! Trouble is, I'll be there for Bayern's opening match of the second half against 'Gladbach. I found one German Bierkeller, in Fullham, and was wondering if anyone knew of the place. I'm also attending Arsenal - Manchester United at the Emirates. Not a bad ticket for my first Premiere League match, eh?
Now, with Qatar winding down, India in the near future, and everybody reasonably healthy: Who is your starting XI when the season resumes?
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