“You have to be fearless” says former Bayern Munich player Thomas Strunz.
The recent Bundesliga opponents have demonstrated how you shouldn’t do it.
Schalke’s coach Keller said before the match against Bayern that they have asked the German football association if they allowed them to put their team bus in front of their goal.
Frankfurt’s coach didn’t bring two of his best players in the match against Bayern because he was afraid that they could receive their fifth yellow card and therefore miss the more important match against Braunschweig the week afterwards. The results are well known:
Frankfurt lost 0-5 and Schalke 1-5.
Thomas Strunz, who was a Bayern player from 1989-1992 and again from 1995-2000, stated on Sport1 that it is exactly that submissive attitude that lets a team doesn’t stand a chance against Bayern. If you want to win against Bayern you have to show a different attitude. “Courage is one of the most important premises”, explains the former midfielder.
Furthermore he reveals which tactic seems to be the most promising against the current leader of the Bundesliga table. "You have to try to disturb Bayern’s composition already in their defense and not just in the midfield. Once their technical strong midfielders have the ball, then it will be difficult to get it back.”
Probably Arsenal’s coach Wenger won’t have to make a phone call to Thomas Strunz before the match against Bayern, because that’s exactly how Arsenal played in the first 15 minutes. If they manage to keep up the tactic for a longer time and maybe achieve an early goal, then everything could be possible.
Bayern’s manager Sammer responded to all the debates about their dominance by criticizing the missing stability of the other Bundesliga teams. When Dortmund’s coach Klopp heard that he showed once again why he is supposed to be one of the most entertaining coaches in the Bundesliga. On the latest press conference from Dortmund he replied in the following way: "I think it’s very important in life that one realizes the luck that you have. If I were Matthias Sammer, I would thank god every day before I go to Bayern’s training area that some person there had the idea to join me. … But of course we’re open for his ideas and from now on we’re going to train in a correct way. Let’s see how this will work out.”
He might have his point there that Bayern should stay focused on their own performances instead of commenting on what’s going on at other teams. So far they have managed not to seem too arrogant despite of their impressive successes, but they’re just a small step away from it. On the other hand what should they think about the above described submissive behavior of other Bundesliga coaches? Is it really possible to take these opponents and the matches against them serious after hearing something like that?
Thank goodness there is a real opponent waiting on Tuesday and Wenger definitely has enough experience to know how to play against Bayern without using the own team bus.
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