The Topper Harley-like power dive of the Bavarians ended three meters below the surface of the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, due to the critical loss of the right wing. Gomez was all happy to take good advantage of it and still wearing his Halloween hangman costume showed no hesitation to carry out the sentence. However, he may never have succeeded if it weren’t for self-nominated robicarlos Ludovic Magnin, who provided excellent box to box play.
Expectable as it was, the Reds could have only been defeated two ways in Bundesliga — either with an out of bunker strike as Frankfurt t(r)ied, or with kamikaze attacks from the very beginning hoping to score before you die – knowing the inconsistent defence the VfB have, no wonder the young&wild opted for version B.
Were there ominous signs? No doubt. Nimbus was maintained in Belgrade, but two goalless draws in the League atop with a poor UEFA performance against PL also-ran Bolton made pundits shake their heads in disbelief. But not executive director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who has always been against the return of Hitzfeld, the grandmaster of rotation.
But this time it backfired louder than a Trabant (ultimate symbol of inefficient DDR industry). Bayern conceded almost as many goals as in the whole season thanks to the red-carpet walkthrough laid by the now pushover midfielders — release can only be given to the all-time youngest BM starter Tony Kroos. I am shocked to hear myself say that the absence of Dr. van Bommel caused emergency in the midfield, without his license to kill they marched into battle unarmed, were highly disorganised and uninspired, moreover, were constantly fleeing from duels. This match also raised the sensitive question of whether a team that relies heavily on individuals and suffers from Ribéry addiction can be considered as TEAM with capital letters.
Hitzfeld’s other great mistake was to have been deceived by the midweek illusion of Podolski — granting a first half permission to leave for Stuttgart defenders. He meant danger only for home fans sitting in sector D by sending random ground-air rockets at them — leaving Schafer’s net to be the best cover. By the time Miro got on board it was all over, not as if average onlookers had been able to see the spark of Bayern’s determination to pay back for the last season fiasco for the die Schwaben, since they were playing hands down from the beginning.
All in all, we can report both a well-deserved victory for Stuttgart to continue their march up the table in fine style and two incoming vehicles in Bayern’s rearview-mirror — hunting season is back.
P.s.:Talking about pay-back time, BM players can take vengeance on Magath (was called Saddam behind his back in Munich) with the Wolves visiting the Allianz Arena in the next round. The Reds have two weeks to regroup and give them a tough tour in the Colossium.