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Hertha Berlin play Bayer Leverkusen away later today – Bundesliga obsessed with 1st place rivalry between Bayern München/ Borussia Dortmund – by Filip van der Plas

April 14th, 2012
Berlin Olympic Stadium - foto from Wikipedia by Chrisgj6

Berlin Olympic Stadium - foto from Wikipedia by Chrisgj6

Berlin play Bayer Leverkusen today away and it will be another match then MUST win to avoid relegation. We will report about Hertha later in the week on this blog however ‘the talk of the town’ including Berlin is how all football fans and the Bundesliga are obsessed with the Bayern München vs. Borussia Dortmund rivalry.

Did Bayern just lose the game – or did Dortmund win it?

Well yes the result was indeed Dortmund over Bayern 1-0 – however that sometimes does not tell the whole story. In this case it seems that Bayern played arrogantly and underestimated the drive and energy which Dortmund can muster. They ran and ran- gave everything and in the end deserved to win. The referee was really good all game and let the game flow with very few cards.

Bayern looked slow, unmotivated, leaderless and sloppy. The highly paid and highly touted strikers of Ribery, Robben, Gomez and Mueller were lack luster. The mid-field was a complete mess with Gustavo being almost completely useless. The defensive was even worse, with Boateng also almost completely absent and some responsibility must rest with Jupp Heynckes the Bayern coach to have not really kicked them all in their behinds and read out the riot-act during half-time.

The best players on Bayern were goalie Manuel Neuer and the young 19 year old Austrian international David Alaba. The central midfielder was tireless, everywhere on the field and seemed –unlike most of his team mates- motivated.

However all due credit to Borussia Dortmund who work hard, control the ball, cover the field area tactically and defend well – above all run and run and never relax. And let there be no doubt about the result – Borussia Dortmund have indeed got one hand on the Bundesliga cup after this spectacular victory over Bayern München.

Bayern had their chances to equalize on various occasions, but Jupp Heynckes failed to make the correct strategic and tactical changes after half time – probably bringing on the absolute best joker of all namely Ivica Olić – the Croatian international. would have made a big difference. Also the usually much more accurate and motivated Bayern strikers missed their chances over and over again.

The first half was exciting and entertaining, but produced no goals – Manuel Neuer made a brilliant 6th minute against Shinji Kagawa when only his stretched out foot stopped a sure goal. Robert Lewandowski  was simply superb–without a doubt MAN-OF-THE-MATCH- hit the post in the 37th minute however Dortmund could not put the ball in the back of the net. The other Poles Piszczek and Kuba deserve mention – hopefully this Polish core of great players can help them at home with the EURO  2012. [?] http://e-u-r-o-2012.com/

In the 2nd half Bayern have much more of the ball and created some good chances in the second half, but it was Dortmund that produced the only goal of the match in the 77th minute when Robert Lewandowski just nicked and subtly redirected the ball past Neuer with a brilliant backward touch. This was really world class and was to be the game’s only goal.

Bayern did have 2 more great chances, and incredibly they missed both or more correctly put Robben missed both. The first was as clear and correct penalty given for a foul on Robben by Dortmund goalie Weidenfeller. Robben stepped up and took a weak shot that was easily stopped.

In stoppage time, Robben failed to make amends after the ball had deflected off the head of a Dortmund defender onto the crossbar. Arjen Robben was just 2 meters but shot a volley 20m over the crossbar – this was simply not to be his day.

In what was otherwise generally a very sportsmanlike and fair game Neven Subotic screamed and jeered and got into Robben’s face after his missed penalty. A normal player without Robben’s self-restraint and self-control would have belted the dumb Serb defender – many Bayern München would have enjoyed that.

Similar sentiment was expressed on this “stupid Subotic” issue on the following blogs – http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=249755&currentpage=271 and http://www.bayernforum.com/bundesliga-f3/borussia-dortmund-vs-bayern-munich-t7988-180.html and http://www.soccer24-7.com/forum/showthread.php?p=4167243

Neven Subotic, the Serb Dortmund defender -a direct look-alike of the bumbling aristocrat Lord Percy Percy in the ‘The Black Adder’ series with his pageboy haircut and ‘brain-retainer’ headband – proved to be as stupid as he looks. Even the ever jovial and affable Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp had to condemn the infantile actions of Subotic during his side’s 1-0 victory on Wednesday.

Later today Dortmund plays a demoralized Schalke 04, who lost earlier this week and  who really will be highly motivated to win this game. If that happens and Bayern win against Mainz……..well then we are back to the question of the day, namely Bundesliga first place and the Bayern München vs. Borussia Dortmund rivalry. See also -http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/04/13/the-secret-of-dortmunds-success-theyre-the-anti-bayern/


Follow today’s games and the actual Bundesliga results as they occur on Kicker – http://www.kicker.de/news/fussball/2bundesliga/spieltag/2-bundesliga/2011-12/spieltag.html

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