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    Englishman, Clinton Mola's , first start for Stuttgart ?




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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanRoy View Post
    Englishman, Clinton Mola's , first start for Stuttgart ?

    No mate, he’s started one other game, IIRC.

    Looking forward to seeing him, I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen in his brief appearances so far.

    One worry, the VAR official today is Tobias Christ. That does not bode well for Die Schwaben who have had more VAR decisions go against them than any other team in the division.

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    Anyway, sing along now:

    „Hey! Hey! Achtzehn Hundert, Drei und Neunzig!“


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    Interesting, VfB have switched to a back four, and Englishman Clinton Mola is playing at Left Back (he’s normally a CM).


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    Stuttgart need to find a way here in the 2nd half. Even if a draw but obviously the win for that cushion to 4th and keeping up with Bielefeld.


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    Fake fan chants and crowd noises in the Mainz - RB Leipzig game.

    Nice to hear that even the fake home fans are jeering and whistling as Leipzig slot in their third goal before half time. After watching Schalke and Mainz play twice since the restart, it's fair to say that Bundesliga defending is very, very poor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BryanRoy View Post
    Stuttgart need to find a way here in the 2nd half. Even if a draw but obviously the win for that cushion to 4th and keeping up with Bielefeld.
    Was never going to happen once Didavi - and not for the first time - got himself stupidly sent off for two petulant yellow cards.

    The natives are getting restless, especially with the constant juggling of the team each match, and with Thursday night seeing the fixture against Hamburger SV at „home“; lose that and the gap is four points with 18 to play for; not insurmountable, but VfB look nowhere near a competent team at the moment, and some of new coach Pellgrino Matterazzo‘s selections have been baffling; changing the coach over the winter break, maybe, but there has been no improvement.

    There’s no sign of a coherent team emerging, nor a recognisable pattern of play.

    Criticism is also bubbling at Sporting Director Sven Mislintat, who oversaw a summer overhaul following relegation, with 21 players leaving and 23 arriving. There’s some quality there, but the focus on young players has robbed the club of genuine experience, and that is telling. Even Club icon and current CEO Thomas Hitzlsperger is copping some grief on social media this afternoon.

    Today’s match was another example; changing formation again, to a back-four, with midfielder Clinton Mola lining up at Left Back; Club Captain (and the club‘s best CB) Marc-Oliver Kempf Left on the bench, and Mario Gomez preferred up front. Gomez is a player I love, but frankly his legs are shot and he was rightly hooked at the half.

    Season-defining Match on Thursday, no mistake.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobias View Post
    Fake fan chants and crowd noises in the Mainz - RB Leipzig game.

    Nice to hear that even the fake home fans are jeering and whistling as Leipzig slot in their third goal before half time. After watching Schalke and Mainz play twice since the restart, it's fair to say that Bundesliga defending is very, very poor.
    Yes, that fourth Leipzig goal was horrendous defending, even I could have scored it.

    Credit the attacking players, please. I don’t like „RB“ Leipzig, but Nagelsmann has them playing some fantastic attacking football. As I’ve posted before, the majority of Bundesliga sides play an attacking game nowadays, which sometimes leaves gaps at the back. Jose Mourinho would not do so well here.

    Timo Werner (or, „Stuttgart old-boy Timo Werner“, as i like to call him) has a €50m price tag on his head, for good reason.


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    Leipzig are some side.

    I imagine the queue for Werner would have been as long as the Rhine in ordinary circumstances. Interestingly, I read his release clause (€60m this summer), drops to €40m in 2021. Might tempt clubs to hold off.


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    The defending's not been great but I think the top German sides are capable of dismantling anyone. Spurs/Chelsea were marmalised by Bayern/RBL in the CL earier this season.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Yes, that fourth Leipzig goal was horrendous defending, even I could have scored it.

    Credit the attacking players, please. I don’t like „RB“ Leipzig, but Nagelsmann has them playing some fantastic attacking football. As I’ve posted before, the majority of Bundesliga sides play an attacking game nowadays, which sometimes leaves gaps at the back. Jose Mourinho would not do so well here.

    Timo Werner (or, „Stuttgart old-boy Timo Werner“, as i like to call him) has a €50m price tag on his head, for good reason.
    Leipzig are a great side to watch. Loved seeing them destroy Spurs in the CL. They should be 5 or 6 up by now already though.


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    Late, late drama at the Rhein-Energie Stadion, as somehow 1. FC Köln, who were dead and buried two-nil down, score twice in two minutes at the death to male it 2-2 against Uwe Rösler‘s Fortuna Düsseldorf.

    Rösler will be gutted, as his side were deservedly winning, but somehow Das Billy Goats unbelievably scrambled two late goals to rescue a point.

    Football, eh?


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    Shocking defending by Dusseldorf in the last few minutes snatching a draw from the jaws of victory.


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    Well worth a few minutes of your time; a brilliant piece from Nick Ames in the Guardian looking back at the exceptional 1995 Ajax team who won the European Cup:

    https://www.theguardian.com/football...e_iOSApp_Other


    It was a high-wire act from Van Gaal, who had lost Dennis Bergkamp and Wim Jonk to Internazionale and in 1992 had let Bryan Roy join Foggia. Roy, he decided, was not bright enough to fulfil his tactical demands.


    Bryan Roy wouldn't like that.

    Fantastic team. But Dutch teams in the nineties were also pretty good at falling out too.

    Eight of their sixteen were in the Dutch Euro 96 squad that England annihilated. Not helped by infighting, Davids being sent two days earlier and Seedorf publicly criticising Hiddink.

    Remember the Dutch beating Yugoslavia in the last minute in their second round match at France '98 then players celebrating on the final whistle by squaring up to each other on the pitch.


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    Also, remember seeing the bulk of that team, minus Rijkaard who had retired, playing in the preseason Umbro tournament the following season?

    They were epically good.


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    WHAT A GOAL BY JOSHUA KIMMICH!

    An absolute belter. Dortmund 0, Bayern 1.

    Against the run of play, it has to be said.

    What have Die Schwarzgelb got in reply for the second half?


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    Handball?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis Benali (on loan) View Post
    Handball?
    Touch of the Juve's for Bayern.

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    Should have been a spot-kick; unnatural movement of the arm.

    Not given!

    Haaland limps off injured... not good for BVB.


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    Ohhh. Hazard. Should have scored there!


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    What a save Manuel Neuer!

    Dortmund gegenpressung..


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    And at the other end, Lewandowski has a shot only just deflected onto the post.

    It’s end-to-end at the Westfalenstadion.


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    And Dortmund are lucky not to concede a penalty themselves; „I’ve seen them given“ as they say, for a shoulder-charge on Lewandowski.


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    Bit unnecessary those celebrations from Bayern. Have some class.


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    Now the rest of the Bundesliga is a procession in front of nobody.

    They ought to have given the dodgy decisions the other way.


 

 

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