The Bundesliga went into its final day yesterday with still plenty to play for at both ends of the table. Champions League qualification and relegation would both be decided on an epic day of classic final day drama.
However none of that was necessary at the Stadion Nurnberg where 1.FC Nurnberg hosted Werder Bremen in a game of little significance.
Just like in today’s Premier League fixtures where three managers will for certain be saying bye to their current clubs Bremen were saying goodbye and thank you to theirs; Thomas Schaaf stepped down as manager in the week after 14 years in charge of Die Werderaner.
The strong travelling contingent was also saying sayonara to possibly their star player this season; as Chelsea starlet Kevin De Bruyne played his final game for the club before his loan spell at the Weserstadion came to an end.
He has been in great form over the past couple of weeks and continued to impress as he stole the show in an incredible individual performance that included two goals; comprising of a deft half-volley lob to open the scoring.
De Bruyne has now scored four goals in the final three games of the season as he looks ahead to next year; where it looks increasingly likely he will replace Bayern Munich bound Mario Gotze at Borussia Dortmund. Considering his excellent form this season you have to question Chelsea’s judgement if they let that occur.
But yesterday De Bruyne’s brace was not good enough to earn all three points for the side as Nurnberg snatched an undeserved victory with three goals of their own.
Poor defending from set-pieces saw Per Nilsson and Sebastian Polter give the home side a 2-1 lead before minutes from time a certain Tomas Pekhart grabbed the third; which proved to be the winner despite De Buyne’s late second.
If you find the name Tomas Pekhart familiar than the likelihood is you are a Tottenham Hotspur fan. The 23-year-old Czech striker was at White Hart Lane as a youngster between 2006 and 2010 but never featured for the first team despite an impressive record for the academy.
He scored one goal in English football during a loan spell at Southampton; grabbing an equaliser against Ipswich Town in September 2008.
Now a fully-fledged Czech Republic international his fifth goal of the season came on the final day; and he will hope it is a pre-cursor to better things next term.
What do you think Chelsea should do with De Bruyne? What are your memories of Pekhart?
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